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Moviegoers Call for Boycott of Neil Armstrong Movie That Omits American Flag

Ryan Gosling tried defending his film at Venice Film Festival, but potential customers aren't buying it — read the reactions inside

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“First Man,” the true story of how America won the space race and put astronauts on the moon, debuted at the Venice Film Festival this weekend.

It’s been earning raves from critics.

With 18 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 89 percent fresh score.

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Many potential ticket buyers, however, are not too pleased at all with one aspect of the upcoming film.

Though it’s about one of the most important moments in American history, “First Man” has reportedly omitted from the movie the precious moment when the American flag was planted on the moon.

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Star Ryan Gosling, who plays Neil Armstrong in the film, defended the decision about that issue to the press while at the Venice Film Festival.

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement, [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” the actor said.

“I also think Neil was extremely humble,” he said, “as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

If that rambling non-answer didn’t make any sense at all to you, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

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Many people took to social media to criticize the odd decision.

If that rambling non-answer didn’t make any sense to you, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

They also blasted the film for so aggressively avoiding celebrating America as a country when it had the perfect opportunity to do so. The planting of the American flag was what happened, after all.

Two-time Academy Award nominee James Woods was one of those who blasted the decision on Twitter.

Nick Searcy, “Justified” actor and the director of the upcoming “Gosnell” film, also took issue with the film’s scrubbing of the American flag from its story.

Plenty of others have expressed similar outrage.

The hashtag #boycottfirstman was also started on Twitter.

This could spell bad news for the film when it debuts in theaters on October 12.

“First Man” is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who announced when he joined Twitter last year that his sole purpose for being on the social media site was to express his discontent with President Donald Trump.

(Interesting, that.)

Chazelle’s last two features, “Whiplash” and “La La Land,” were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.

He won the Best Director Academy Award for “La La Land.”

Check out the trailer for “First Man” in the video just below here:

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