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Buzz Aldrin blasts First Man for not showing the planting of US flag

September 3, 2018 2:52 PM
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'Proud to be American': SECOND man on the Moon Buzz Aldrin shames Neil Armstrong biopic for not showing planting of US flag with his own patriotic pics after movie portrayed him as 'obnoxious loudmouth'

Buzz Aldrin appeared to criticize Neil Armstrong biopic First Man for leaving out the planting of the American flag on the Moon.

The 88-year-old, who was the second man to set foot on the Moon, on Sunday tweeted a picture of the flag planted after the landing in 1969.

He captioned the photo: 'Proud to be an American.' Aldrin also re-tweeted a photo of him saluting next to the same picture.

It is an apparent dig at Oscar-winning director Damian Chazelle's controversial decision not to include the planting of the flag at the end of his critically acclaimed movie.

Other reviews described Stoll's Aldrin as a 'swaggering hothead' who is 'cynical, mouthy and insensitive' while one reviewer said his appearances were so scarce that he was all but left out of the film.

First Man, tipped to win big at the Oscars, opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday to criticism that it deliberately downplayed American patriotism.

Starring Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, the film begins in 1961 as the US trails the Soviet Union in the space race and takes viewers up to the Moon landing in 1969.

Canadian actor Gosling said he believes the moon landing was widely seen as a 'human achievement' and that's what the film reflects.

He added that Armstrong, who died in 2012, was 'extremely humble' and deferred focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the Apollo 11 mission possible.

'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,' Gosling explained.

Gosling also joked that he may be biased because he is Canadian. Chazelle is French-Canadian.

The decision to place a US flag on the Moon was controversial at the time with debates over whether a United Nations flag should be used instead.

Armstrong himself said that his job 'was to get the flag there' and he was less concerned about what flag it should be.

Co-produced by Steven Spielberg, First Man - which also stars Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong - is based on a 2005 biography by historian James Hansen.

First Man is one of 21 movies in competition for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival which will be awarded on September 8.


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