By Sandra Rose  | 

First Man

Universal's controversial biopic First Man, about astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, was universally criticized for leaving out the iconic shot of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon.

Armstrong, who died in 2012, was commander of the Apollo 11 moon mission that landed on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.

Armstrong's famous quote: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," -- was also left out of the film.

Patriotic Americans questioned why Universal even bothered to make a movie about Armstrong. They also took issue with the producers casting Ryan Gosling, a Canadian actor, to play Armstrong.

The production team, made up of mostly Hollywood liberals, didn't want to offend America's friends to the North (Canada) by making the American flag plant a focal point of the movie.

Historians and space enthusiasts threatened to boycott the film if the flag scene was not included in the final cut.

But Universal insisted First Man was a movie about Armstrong's lifetime achievements -- of which the flag plant played a minuscule part.

In an interview with Business Insider, First Man screenwriter Josh Stringer said the flag plant undermined the fundamental essence of the film.

Stringer explained why the protests upset him so much.

"One of the things that upset me the most about the flag conversation is this is very much a celebration of blue collar work, or patriotic sacrifice, which is what Neil embodied."
 
Stringer, who spent 4 years researching Armstrong's life, told Business Insider he wanted to recount what really happened on the moon, without too many Hollywood embellishments.

"To be perfectly honest, I can understand why people who haven't seen the film are questioning why that isn't there, but if you see the film you understand why," Singer said, referencing the missing flag plant on the moon. "The film is so deeply patriotic to begin with it's not necessary. We also don't have the call to [former President] Nixon. We're trying to get under the myth."

First Man opened at #3 with a domestic gross of $16.5 million over the weekend. Another Universal movie, Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, fell out of the top 5, earning $8 million over the weekend.

  • the guest

    The flag planting and the quote made history.

    Stupid to omit.

  • Weird Bananas

    Turns out people actually like to remember history as it happened.

  • Phillybruh

    Well if the movie was about what his life leading up too the moon landing. Then I see why it was left out. That wasn't all that he was and it would have reduced the movie to that point.

  • Trace da Ace

    I was not going to see it anyways...sooo...moving on--->

  • Peppermint Patty

    So did we land on the moon or not??....some say it never even happened and the whole thing was staged and by the looks of government cover ups over the course of history (especially as of late)....it wouldnt surprise me.....

  • Faithz

    So sad to omit the History of the Flag in Movie!

  • Kanyade

    i like ryan gosling as an actor. never had any desire to see this film, unfortunately. the average viewing crowd these days....are they interested (old enough) for this bit of history?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Fuck that flag.

    Love Ryan Gosling as an actor.

    NEXT

  • iWasteTime

    How many times are we going to revisit this topic?
    Flag or not, I wasn't going to see it.
    I like Claire but she's the Queen ...

  • Weird Bananas

    Fuck the people's flag? That's your flag. The government uses it, but it doesn't belong to them. That flag symbolizes your freedom to say, 'fuck that flag'.

    As you wish, just realize how silly it sounds.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Hollywood is getting redundant smh...Its the same scenario (fact or fiction) white man goes to out space and changes the world...I aint gonna lie I like Interstellar and The Martian even Apollo 13 but this is a dead horse they keep beating...how about a white man who was supposed to land on Mars but ends up at the planet that made vibranium...let me stop before "They" take that idea too...

  • iWasteTime

    Our people were not free when the flag was made in 1777. All 27 versions of that flag were made and presented while African Americans were enslaved, deemed 1/3 human and did not have equal rights in America.

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    That flag symbolizes your freedom to say, 'fuck that flag'.

    Freedom for who?? stfu M'F' that flag

  • Weird Bananas

    You, the freedom you just exercised.

  • Weird Bananas

    And the people, in this country, worked to free those slaves.

    They now aren't slaves, they have equal rights, and are represented by the same flag as intended.

    Remember, the confederacy sought to break APART from this.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don't recall seeing you until today.
    Who sent you a smoke signal?

  • FukkFolks2018

    That flag symbolizes your freedom to say, 'fuck that flag'.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That flag is drenched in the blood of Native Americans and the snatched souls of the enslaved Africans from which I originate and derive.

    I SAID WHAT IN THE HELL I SAID. Fuck that flag and all that it symbolizes.

  • FukkFolks2018

    That freedom wasnt meant for us. Ever. Just because we exercise it NOW makes it different? Listen LINDA. Im not sure who in the hell you are but you are welcome to get LOST. You, your first amendment exercising, patrotic ass can git. Scram. Dont forget to leave when you GO

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Co-sign

  • Soon2BWife

    Black prople are not monolithic, however I would gander that most of us are Christians or have been exposed to Christianity and the Bible. How is the flag any different from worshipping false idols or symbols which the 2nd Commandment escews us to avoid?

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Thats whose flag ? Tell me how many non whites had an input on this country’s flag where parts were stolen from native Americans , built off the blood , sweat and tears of my ancestors.

    Tell me what bative American had any input on the flag ? What black had any input on the flags design or colors ?

    Fuck that flag.

  • Weird Bananas

    Sweety did you miss the whole civil war?

    Did you miss the fact that you have that freedom now?

  • Weird Bananas

    Tell me how many hundred thousand whites died so the rights of that flag could be extended to everyone.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is my first post on the subject.

  • iWasteTime

    Not you Sandra!
    We meaning Hollywood ...

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    If the flag represents freedom, then I’m exercising my freedom when I say Fuck that flag.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Did you miss the fact that you have that freedom now?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The civil war aint give US shit. Far as civil rights...That only took from 1619 to 1965. 346 YEARS. Almost 350 YEARS??? Is this a joke?

    Im good love ENJOY. Scuttle your ass on now.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Who is that down below trying to give us a US History lesson, pacifically black history...and what do we need to do to have these idiots REMOVED from here.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    I’m surprised Kevin Hart and Tiffany made that much money. I will NEVER pay a dime to see either of them. I agree if the flag is there I wouldn’t see the movie either. Keep my coins. Seen Venom last weekend and I give it a 7 out of 10. The next one is going to be real good though!

  • Trey

    This aint the type of movie that will sell out.....still going to see it and avoid any coon movies by Kevin Hart or T Haddish

  • Tammie Reed

    Interesting my friend went to see it, he loved it. Im not into that type of stuff though.

  • Waya Hedia

    Gosling is a boring actor. He just has no spark.

  • Waya Hedia

    You don't worship a flag though.

  • Waya Hedia

    HAHA.. yeah. Except a white man did go into space and land on the moon. You have to separate fact from fantasy.

  • Waya Hedia

    "specifically"

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They showed the moon landing. They showed him walking on the moon. Why leave out the most iconic part of the landing?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Pacifically. It was purposeful...and one of the last persons up here, to need a spelling lesson, is myself.

    Your ass can get lost too, and go find your Uncle Daddy you inbreed.

  • Waya Hedia

    Well aren't you something. You can go live anywhere else int he world if you want to.

  • Waya Hedia

    right. purposeful. got it.

  • Pamela

    Has all the hallmarks of a troll.

  • Phillybruh

    Because that wasn't what the movie was about, it was about the man and what led up too that.

  • Weird Bananas

    The civil war didn't give you shit? Really?

    So you're enslaved right now?

  • Weird Bananas

    That's the irony that I pointed out

  • Weird Bananas

    I'm quite happy with America.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Then why show him walking on the moon? I was a child when America lost the space race to the Russians, but America was the first to put a man on the moon. Planting that flag on the moon was iconic. It was a very proud moment for Americans. Why make a movie about the FIRST MAN to walk on the moon and leave out the most iconic part?

  • Phillybruh

    Then they should make a movie about planting the flag on the moon. But the movie wasn't about that.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    And that's why it flopped.

  • Bossy704

    Maybe because most people know the moon landing was fake. The flag blowing in non-existent wind, the lack of stars and the call to Nixon on a rotary phone in the 60's might cause folks to dig deeper.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Thats bc the shit never happened. It was all done in a studio lol they know we ain land on the moon first ?like Colombus ain discover shit either lol

  • Phillybruh

    I guess it did, but its not like the flag crazies were going to see this anyway. Everything isn't about the flag or the country. This was about the man.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Apparently you didn't dig deep enough. There are stars on the flag. The flag was not blowing in non-existent wind. There were rotary phones in the '60s.

    What happens in weightless space? Things that are not nailed down tend to float upwards. The flag was fixed and sewn to keep it from floating up. That's why it looks like it's blowing in zero gravity.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bffad522cf8ad77dfdba6cf157511ccf8dd201011edba5939b5b5d30aab2496.jpg

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    I agree , that was very iconic and the most symbolic thing about the story.

    Trust and believe that these studios have millions that are used at the expense of interests groups, advertising/ marketing.

    The studio has final cut 95% of the time. If they left or omitted the flag, then they did it for a reason and wanted to flex their muscles, they wanted to make a point over profit.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    They wanted to send a message. They used a Canadian actor to play the role. They have interest groups etc. they did it on purpose, eveb his family was on board.

    This is an Oscar favorite so they are not really concerned with smashing records.

  • Merkaba morris

    He know they are some lieing assholes and thats his way of calling them out , its Code for nobody never went to the fucking moon . so they wont let him eat , None of they history is real the caucasions wrote themselves into history , and stole everything from our ancestors and renamed everythang and make us pay for everything that Mother nature provided for us for free , we excepted somebody elses idea of going to work, paying bills , and dieing , we are living out somebody elses idea . instead of Created our own reality .I am off today so I felt like kicking knowledge today . So I hope my people have a enlightening day and stop believing all these lies from the people in charge of this planet.Love and Light

  • Shawty

    Ratings would have been better if they planted that flag.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This is the first time I've ever heard of this movie.

  • Dun Dilly

    NO FLAG, NO BLACK FEMALE scientists (THE HIDDEN FIGURES women)... CANADIAN actor, CANADIAN director.... fk em.

  • Renee26

    Yawn... Bet the theatre was filled with yt folks cause this looks boring as hail

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Thats why I put fact or fiction in parentheses... but of course you just wanted to comment instead of reading what I wrote...whew Chile...

  • Boonella

    I really tried to get into Interstellar but couldn't....I might try again.

  • Waya Hedia

    wow. "Most" people don't "know" anything like that. MOST people know the landing was real and only complete idiots believe it was fake. The flag is still there, BTW.

  • Waya Hedia

    You were NEVER a slave. You're living in a country where you can actually become anything you want. It takes a lot of work. Nothing is handed to anyone. Oh and.. you actually don't have a say in who posts here. You can learn to use the blocker though.

  • Waya Hedia

    I read what you wrote. You complained about white men.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOL!!!!!!1

  • Quitedeliteful

    Never even heard of this movie. shrugs..

  • Quitedeliteful

    Snicker...

  • Karen Brady

    chuckles

  • Eileen

    Liberals... always trying to hate on America! Americans are now protesting with their feet and wallets ! Go TRUMP!!!

  • Jack Blakk

    Because they've never been there! That picture tells it all, the flag has waves in it. ?

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Again, weightlessness in space causes things to float upward. Part of the flag is being held in place. The rest of the flag is attempting to float up, hence it looks like it's waving.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    The first time I watched it I was confused...the second time I fell in love with the movie...

  • Toni Toni Toni

    TRUE FACTS!!!!

  • TheOwley

    Who went to the moon? Americans.
    Who did they hire to play Neil? A wooden lackluster Canadian actor. What was so offensive the globalist that they had to exclude from the film? The American flag.

    DOA, but I'm sure Hollywood will compensate by giving it multiple Oscars and all that. Clearly they were not interested in making money or a good film.

    “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” — was also left out of the film. Because there is a trigger words for people that need their safe spaces, Mankind. Humankind is the word but is has "man" in it. Peoplekind is dumb, so complicated.

  • Queen B

    Nobody ever went to the moon....that shit is on a green screen lol

  • kekeb

    I heard his interview where he said they filmed it here (in Atlanta @ the rock quarry) during the winter. It was very cold, and the ground was basically frozen, and they couldn't plant it

  • MRiGOThim

    that's because it never happened lmao :P

  • BaileyBlue17

    I love that movie...especially the music.

  • Jack Blakk

    You might want to check your reply to my comment, the moon has no wind or atmosphere and if you look at the flag the top is rigged! The rod is used for a curtain effect there's pictures of the flag without the rod and the flag is limply!

  • roy

    If weve been to the moon once how come we’ve never gone again?
    #weneverwentinthefirstplace

  • Blue

    If they had put Angela Bassett in it they would have gotten my money 3 or 4 different times.

  • Mister Fantastic

    The movie "flopped" because no one ever "landed" on the moon. This movie should have bee a making of THAT movie they made...

  • MrJamisonsWife

    That is 100% correct fake "moon landing" facts!

  • MrJamisonsWife

    Facts we must let TPTB know that we are not dumb we know the truth!

  • MrJamisonsWife

    Why do people believe we went to the moon? America was built off of tricks, lies and killing innocent humans. Apparently this all stopped when the yt people control everything so now they become transparent. Moon landing was done in a studio that is mad easy to research ?

  • Mister Fantastic

    Why is HE not floating in zero gravity? What's holding him down? Also, a 200 GB Laptop has more tech than the whole Clear Lake NASA Space station did at that time.

    How can they not send a man there (and back) now, but could incredibly then? Oh, because NASA said they "lost" the technology AND the data AND the original Moon video tapes...

  • da troof

    The gravity is actually 1/6 meaning while there is less pull to the surface of the moon than here on earth, nothing "floats" on the moon. there is something called the van allen radiation belt that surrounds the earth and will cook any human traveling through it. Satellites and the space station operate at a much lower orbit..

  • da troof

    "He" is not floating because the gravity of the moon is 1/6 that of earth.. (He isn't there but that is still the reason why..) Space is zero gravity, yes, but the rotation of the moon coupled with the gravitational pull of other massive bodies already in orbit produces a gravitational pull on the surface.. by example if the earth stopped spinning, everything would float..

  • Dr.Megan

    You're really dumb.

  • Dr.Megan

    Well I'm not seeing this movie. More time to curl up on my couch and read!

  • Dr.Megan

    Yeah it's really easy to keep thousands of stagehands, actors, special effects people, artists, film technicians, cameramen, etc. silent about a conspiracy for 60 years. Too bad Bill Clinton didn't have access to these secret-keeping techniques.

  • Boonella

    I'm going on vacation next week; I am going to FORCE myself to get through it....

  • Mister Fantastic

    Why are we not going back to the moon "dr."? The excuse NASA officials gave is that they lost the data to get there. Oh, and also video of them getting there is lost also. FACTS! Your CELLPHONE has more than 200xs the tech that whole Houston NASA campus had at that time. You should be able to send you and your political views up there. Let us know the weather up there...

  • captain psychedelic

    Skipping it. Don't need to see some anti-american pussy canuck pretending to be a US hero and tanking it.

  • captain psychedelic

    Glad to see you took your stupid pill today

  • captain psychedelic

    Thanks for clearing that up for us, msyter internet genius

  • captain psychedelic

    u r a dumbass to the 25th power

  • captain psychedelic

    have never gone again, so far..... Idiot!

  • tanaS

    Wow! the Ebonic educated metal midgets have truly exposed the failure of modern public education.

    The moon landing was faked?
    The talk of astronauts not floating or lack of stars; flag waving ?
    Science cannot be taught by C minus college graduates who've specialized in education; most public ed teachers are dumb themselves.
    They can't teach what they do not know.

  • Schnauzer

    I didn’t need a movie somehow I remember the night well at 7 years old watching with my parents,,and I rember my dad saying what a Huge Deal it all was...?????

  • Mister Fantastic

    Your momma's a dumbass and gave birth to you, a weakASS. Instead of offering a retort, you coming with name calling? You are a psycho by your own naming *POOF*

  • Mister Fantastic

    Stalker alert...

  • Dr.Megan

    The fact that you believe dumb conspiracy theories makes you one of the stupidest people on Earth. Have fun talking about your fantasies to like-minded dimwits on the internet. You fools have the "real" story! lol

  • Dr.Megan

    He sure is.

  • Dr.Megan

    If you're not trolling you are astoundingly dumb. Ever wonder why all the people who believe this conspiracy junk cant do a lick of science or math? Because if they could understand things like mathematics, physics, and the like they'd realize how foolish they were.

  • Mister Fantastic

    I have 2 success businesses in two totally different niches, and I am college educated. HOW is it that we cannot go back to the moon? Are you aware of NASA's official statement concerning this? Now that's dumb!

  • Mister Fantastic

    All that to say you can not answer my question or deny my answer....

  • robway56 .

    F U C K this revisionist movie.

  • robway56 .

    Evidently liberal negros know space travel is impossible.

  • robway56 .

    Really, the govt can make a better movie than Hollywood? Tell me one Hollywood space movie of the sixties or even the the eighties that can stand the test of time. Even the Russians conceded it. I tell to your face you are nothing but a little p u s s y.

  • robway56 .

    Really, after all these years no one can tell the flaw in any of the special effects. Go join the Taliban and die.

  • robway56 .

    Only 80,000 people who kept an oath of conspiracy. That ain't hard, plus the special movie effects of the sixties that still stand today. It's like Hollywood nailed space travel to a tee. Nothing campy about it or anything.

  • robway56 .

    Because Democrats would rather give entitlements for votes to remain in power rather than human advancement.

  • robway56 .

    I went to New York City once, how come I never went again? That proves NYC doesn't exist.

  • robway56 .

    Amazing they reduced gravity by 83% while I was there. It was so cool how they did that.

  • Richard

    The problem and many in here that seem really intelligent is that in most cases, we will support liberals by going to see their products. Star Wars is starting to decline but will a bunch of us go see the next installment in 2019, or will we finally just sit it out. The same with Marvel. Disney has thrown down the gauntlet, will we take up the challenge and boycott their movies, or will we go see them because the kids really want to see the movies, or us? It's not beyond hope, but we have to take a stand now.

  • roy

    No! That just proves that your discretionary income is low and it doesn’t afford you the opportunity to travel and do extracurricular activities often.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Your momma should go first for birthing you, you useless piece of filth, then you go weirdo. Following me from post to post is stalker level.

  • Mister Fantastic

    You are displaying clear signs of mental illness which I will make no plans to entertain your diminishing psyche further...

  • Bigscrunt

    Thanks to everyone who didn't and won't pay to see this waste of time and money that attempts to disregard America.

  • robway56 .

    Pure lucancy. The cover-up would have been a greater achievement than the moon landing itself. Movie special effects weren't that special back in 1969. Even 2001 Space Odyssey, although ground breaking then, has SFX that appear dated and somewhat flawed now. Plus, Russia wouldn't have been fooled. Sorry I even bothered to defend this from accusations from total idiots.

  • robway56 .

    No, box office would have been better. I hear the movie is a total snoozefest, despite the critics.

  • robway56 .

    It was ionic, and the jerks intentionally omitted it. Cost them half their box office.

  • Dr.Megan

    lol yes. :)

  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-beats-vol-1-instrumental/1437287115 LAVALORDZ UNIVERSE 2

    Director of 1st man: OUR CGI LOOKS REAL ENOUGH NOW! PEOPLE WILL FINALLY BELIEVE THAT WE WALKED ON THE MOON!

    BOX OFFICE: Flop Flop?????????

  • Huskystar

    Then how did all the other space flights happen?

  • Anthony Shinn

    Hmm! Maybe they did not want to show the flag waving in the air of the moo.... No wait, there is NO air in the moon!
    Never mind.