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Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in First Man

And in more Ryan Gosling news ... yesterday we chatted about Gosling being on the shortlist to play Willy Wonka in a prequel. Today I’ve grabbed some shots from a People magazine exclusive. Don’t forget the film is based on a book if you want to have a bit more info about the astronaut before you see the movie.

The magazine interviewed director Damian Chazelle about the making of First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic due out in October. The movie stars Gosling as Armstrong, with The Crown’s Claire Foy as his wife. In the article, Chazelle expresses his surprise that the pair had such immediate chemistry. But y’all know when it comes to chemistry with Ryan Gosling, I’m not surprised at all. I’ve nabbed the article and photos for you here.
“Chazelle says that Gosling was his first choice to play Armstrong because he’s a believable introspective hero. “I was fascinated by the psychology of what can drive someone to do what Neil Armstrong did, to physically go further than any human being in history pretty much, in terms of the journey he goes on,” he says. “I think Ryan is able to capture that kind of drive, that kind of methodical focus, that kind of quiet heroism.” 

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in First Man

He adds: “Neil was not a showy person. A lot of the other astronauts and pilots of that era were what you expect, the outgoing, hotshot types, but Neil was very different. He was the brainier, quieter, more introverted person and he’s a man of few words who did the job and got it done. I see a little bit of Ryan in that as well and I think Ryan was able to capture it beautifully.” 

Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy 

Starring opposite Gosling as Armstrong’s first wife, Janet, is The Crown‘s Claire Foy. Chazelle admits to being surprised by how quickly and naturally the actors embodied the married couple and parents of three children.
“Ryan and Claire Foy had never worked together, but I remember right from the beginning they just slipped into these roles, and just became a family on camera,” he says. “There was this sort of chemistry and bond between Ryan and Claire onscreen that really felt like the young Neil and Janet Armstrong that I had read about.”
“Ryan and I described the movie to each other as it’s about the moon and the kitchen, which means basically we wanted to tell the story about one of the most epic accomplishments in human history, but root it very much in the intimate and the day to day details of what it was actually like.” he says. “What did it feel like to be Neil or Janet at that moment in time and going through these truly superhuman kind of events.
He adds: “I wanted to try to tell the sort of epic space movie [story] but root it very much in family and in love and loss and marriage and parenthood and what those things mean.”

First Man also stars Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Jon Bernthal, Jason Clarke and Ethan Embry. It opens in theaters Oct. 12. I can’t wait. You?