Ryan Gosling’s upcoming movie, “First Man,” which chronicles the United States’ mission to the moon, will not show the American out of respect for other countries.
Gosling, who is Canadian by birth, plays Neil Armstrong in the film and defended the decision to omit the stars and stripes. (RELATED: WATCH THE AWESOME NEW TRAILER FOR THE MOVIE ABOUT NEIL ARMSTRONG’S JOURNEY TO THE MOON)
After the film was screened at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday, Gosling endorsed the decision to cut one of the most iconic moments from American history.
He answered that the moon “transcended countries and borders,” and that it is nobody’s territory.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” he said. “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 also speculated that Neil Armstrong probably did not view “himself as an American hero.”
While it may be true that Armstrong didn’t think of himself as a hero, he almost certainly thought of himself as an American.
Armstrong and his team risked their lives and their family’s livelihood in the name of American progress. They put the flag on the moon specifically to demonstrate to the world which country had — and always will — reign supreme.
The moon landing came at a time where it was absolutely critical for America to show both our enemies and our allies that we were capable of doing anything better than the rest of the world. And we did.
You can watch the trailer for “First Man” below, but you can also watch the much better real-life version of the moon landing below — American flag included.