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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 their landing in 1969.
The article goes on to state the following:
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.
The film is not kind in its portrayal of Aldrin, with Corey Stoll’s performance painting him as an ‘obnoxious loudmouth’ and ‘so blunt about his ambition that no one can stand him.’
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.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018
The new Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” omits a key event from Armstrong’s moon landing — the planting of the American flag. The film’s star, Ryan Gosling, has defended the decision to leave out the symbolic patriotic moment https://t.co/DP6bJ23qw2 pic.twitter.com/uaSSvfyDxV
— CNN (@CNN) August 31, 2018
Will not be seeing @RyanGosling and @DSChazelle’s film FIRST MAN. You scrubbed the American flag being planted on the moon? Ridiculous. It was an AMERICAN accomplishment!
Here, this is what it looks like: pic.twitter.com/CdS90HfyqE
— Handmaiden China, PHD (@HandmaidenChina) August 31, 2018
Just a little moment in American history we should all share with @RyanGosling. An American hero saluting the American flag as the first man on the moon 🇺🇸 #FirstManMovie #GetOverYourself pic.twitter.com/GwsOgw2ziF
— #RaiseYourHorns🤘🏼 (@LainWalk) September 1, 2018
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 31, 2018
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Buzz Aldrin slams ‘First Man’ movie controversy, posts photos of US flag on moon with ‘Proud to be American’ hashtag https://t.co/qpGo9AsQIV
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 3, 2018
Buzz Aldrin Dons Shirt with Planted American Flag amid ‘First Man’ Backlashhttps://t.co/IPq2Q1oJJK
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 2, 2018
But why not just present the facts as they were? I think Ryan Gosling is a wonderful actor, but omitting the seminal moment in the midst of mankind’s greatest achievement seems a purposeful denigration of the 400,000 Americans who accomplished it. https://t.co/K6SldeBkPA
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 31, 2018
Not showing the American Flag being planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong in “First Man” is equivalent to giving every country a participation trophy.#CmonHollywood
— Bob Kevoian (@bobkevoian) September 1, 2018