'First Man' premieres in D.C. amid controversy regarding the iconic flag-planting scene on the moon

The movie has stirred up many controversies before its release, some being that it is for blue-state voters only and that it does not have the approval of Trump.


                            'First Man' premieres in D.C. amid controversy regarding the iconic flag-planting scene on the moon

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy attended the premiere of their film 'First Man' helmed by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle on Thursday, October 4, at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. They were joined by other cast members including Patrick Fugit, Olivia Hamilton, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas, and Brian d’Arcy James along with astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei, who served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 53 and 54 on the International Space Station.

Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling at 'Firstman's' D.C. Premiere. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images
Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling at 'Firstman's' D.C. Premiere. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

'First Man' is a story of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and is based on the book 'First Man: The life of Neil A. Armstrong' by award-winning writer James R. Hansen. The film revolves around the life of Armstrong, his mission of going to the moon and his personal life while preparing to go to the moon. It's an insight in his personal life, while also focusing on his hardships as an astronaut.

The film hasn't released yet and it's already surrounded by controversy. The controversy being that Chazelle omitted the iconic shot of Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag on the moon. Chazelle issued a statement in this regard saying: "My goal with this movie was to share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America's mission to the moon -- particularly Neil Armstrong's personal saga and what he may have been thinking and feeling during those famous few hours."

Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Filmed Entertainment Group, with Ryan Gosling, Damien Chazelle, and Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, attend the 'First Man' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.( (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Filmed Entertainment Group, with Ryan Gosling, Damien Chazelle, and Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, attend the 'First Man' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.( (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

The film is also surrounded by the narrative that it is for blue-state voters only. The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump did not attend the premiere, which puts the director on the receiving end of many political questions that may arise. 

However, the movie has 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and the site says that the film "uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history - and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way" and we can't wait to watch the brilliant direction and storytelling by Damien Chazelle. 

The movie is set to release on October 11.