09/02/2018

New Film About Neil Armstrong … Won’t Show Him Planting The American Flag On The Moon

Allahpundit, Hot Air

The presidential Twitter account, 1:37 p.m. today: “New movie about our wonderful moon landing will not show the American flag being raised. Not good! Time to plant a boycott flag in Hollywood’s ass!”

And you know what? He’d have a point — even though, let’s face it, this is more a business decision than “political correctness run amok.” You want your movie about one of America’s greatest moments to sell tickets in countries that aren’t crazy about America (cough)? Well, then you’d better go light on the American iconography.

The first step in writing a post like this is deciding whether to describe leading man Ryan Gosling, who supports the decision not to depict the flag-planting, as “Canadian garbage” or “Canadian trash.” A few social-media pals suggested “Canadian refuse” would be more elegant, which is true. So, here’s Canadian refuse Ryan Gosling:

Gosling, who’s Canadian, argued that the first voyage to the moon was a “human achievement” that didn’t just represent an American accomplishment, and that’s how Armstrong viewed it.

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling. “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

Gosling added, “He was reminding everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg – and that’s not just to be humble, that’s also true. So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”

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