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About That Missing American Flag in ‘First Man’ August 31, 2018

Posted by geoff in News.

So the (supposedly very good otherwise) movie about Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon didn’t include the planting of the American flag.

“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.”

“So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero,” Gosling told the Telegraph. “From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”

So, in a landmark space mission where weight is essential, mission planners decided to build a custom designed flag assembly to carry to the moon because . . . it wasn’t important? There certainly was a sentiment that the achievement was an advancement for all mankind, but the fact that Americans spent 7 years and the equivalent of $65 billion/year (2015 dollars), and that American lives were on the line when the mission was conducted, certainly suggests that some Canadian actor shouldn’t be trying to diminish the American contribution.

Finally, I’m willing to buy that Neil Armstrong didn’t view himself as an ‘American hero’ because I doubt he viewed himself as a hero.

But I’m pretty sure he thought of himself as an American.


1. Cathy - August 31, 2018

My dad was an aerospace engineer. We kids were taught that our space race was NOT just about science exploration or by reaching the moon first. This all was done to demonstrate American superiority over Russia, our military foe. And it was good for mankind because America understands role as the Generous Gentle Giant. Hollywierd, once again, disrespects us.

2. lauraw - September 1, 2018

They just can’t stand any reference to American glory or greatness.

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