Ryan Gosling almost turned down First Man role

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wi…

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.

The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife Janet Shearon and is directed by Damien Chazelle.

In an interview with Britain’s Total Film, the La La Land filmmaker admitted that Ryan “was the only person I ever thought of for Neil”, but the Blade Runner 2049 star wasn’t so sure.

“I actually didn’t know if I was interested,” Ryan admitted to the publication. “I certainly didn’t feel like I wanted to do a biopic. But I think when I started diving into the materials, almost kind of by chance… the mission to the Moon, and the idea of what that mission meant and what it took and what it cost: that started really fascinating me.”

The 37-year-old added that while he was aware of Armstrong’s “contribution to history”, there was plenty he didn’t know about his life. And the filming experience, which included being strapped into a ‘multi-axis trainer’ to simulate being in outer space, proved to Ryan that he wouldn’t make a very good astronaut himself.

“It was…unsettling,” he chuckled. “But, you know, kind of amazing. I realised I couldn’t (actually cut it as an astronaut). Any fantasy I had about that was quickly shattered. It’s a very specific person who wants to get into a machine that has never been flown, and fly it for the first time, and to actively push that machine to its breaking point, to see what its weaknesses are.”

First Man hits cinemas on 12 October (18).

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Jason Clarke struggled with claustrophobic First Man scenes

Jason Clarke has admitted he almost needed a mild sedative to deal with filming the claustrophobic scenes in First Man.Jason stars opposite Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in Damien Chazelle’s new film, which tells the story of the first man on the moon,…

Jason Clarke has admitted he almost needed a mild sedative to deal with filming the claustrophobic scenes in First Man.

Jason stars opposite Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in Damien Chazelle’s new film, which tells the story of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Damien decided on lots of scenes depicting the space man’s chosen career, which meant the cast including Ryan, Corey Stoll, as Buzz Aldrin, and Jason, who plays Ed White the first American to walk in space, all had to shoot in rockets.

“(It was) insanely claustrophobic. It was almost to the point where you needed a mild sedative. I don’t say that lightly,” Jason told British newspaper Metro. “Claustrophobia is not something you can just turn off. Damien really made no exceptions. The camera had to fit the reality and everybody had that mantra.

“The capsules were scaled to real life. It was not fun — we’re not pilots, we’re not used to doing this every day. So I wasn’t used to the fact I’m totally reliant once I was strapped in. I can’t do anything: my oxygen, my communications, my ability to get out, it’s beyond my control.”

The film is in cinemas now, with Kyle Chandler and Claire Foy also starring. And being cast in the La La Land director’s new movie was a dream come true for Australian star Jason.

“It was in my bucket list to do a space movie,” the 49-year-old smiled. “Blade Runner, 2001, they’re a couple of my favourites. To do this story, with this team and the access this team got, was a pleasure. The size and scope of this movie… that’s quite rare.”

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Claire Foy regrets not meeting Janet Armstrong

Claire Foy will always regret not meeting Janet Armstrong before she died.Claire, who recently bagged the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Crown, plays Janet, the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong, in new movie First Man, but …

Claire Foy will always regret not meeting Janet Armstrong before she died.

Claire, who recently bagged the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Crown, plays Janet, the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong, in new movie First Man, but sadly didn’t get to meet her before she died in June (18).

“I was never in a room with her. I’ll always regret that,” she sighed to New York Magazine. “But then at the same time, I wonder whether, when playing her, it was helpful that I didn’t meet her; there was some distance. She was very private about her relationship with Neil anyway. I didn’t want to put her in a position where she was having to talk to some random actress about her marriage. Nobody wants to do that!”

In First Man, Ryan Gosling takes on the role of Neil, the first man to walk on the moon, with the actor re-teaming with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for the project. Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll and Kyle Chandler also star, with the story focusing on the legendary space mission Neil and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Corey) and Michael Collins (Lukas Haas) embarked on in 1969.

Before shooting began, Claire and Ryan, along with the young actors who played their onscreen children, worked hard to get their chemistry just right.

“Improvised is a general term for what we did. We were doing takes tied to dialogue and takes where Damien would be like, ‘Do whatever you want!’” The Crown star recalled. “It was more of an exercise, I think. But before shooting, we did two weeks of pure improvisation. Me and Ryan and the kids were a family, all of a sudden, in a cabin. We were like, ‘Hi! Hello. We’re a family.’”

First Man premiered at Venice Film Festival, and hits cinemas from October (18).

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Eva Mendes draws inspiration from eldest daughter’s style

Eva Mendes is starting to draw inspiration for her women’s fashion line from her young daughter after discovering her keen eye for stylish ensembles. The actress and clothing designer reveals Esmeralda, her eldest child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, ha…

Eva Mendes is starting to draw inspiration for her women’s fashion line from her young daughter after discovering her keen eye for stylish ensembles.

The actress and clothing designer reveals Esmeralda, her eldest child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, has been having fun trying out different looks whenever she picks out her own wardrobe, and she once even rocked her pyjamas as an asymmetrical top.

“Our four-year-old, Esmeralda, she dresses herself and comes up with some pretty interesting things,” Eva gushed on breakfast show Good Morning America.

“Like, she’ll just do the one sleeve (top), and we’re like, ‘Amazing!’ It’s just a one-sleeve jammy!”

Eva and Ryan’s second child, two-year-old Amada, is also starting to develop an early sense of style, giving the Hitch star another source of inspiration as she continues to design pieces for her eponymous New York & Company line.

“It’s so fun to see them kind of like, without any (direction), just to see what they do naturally (with clothing) is really exciting,” Eva shared, “because I’m just mum when I’m with them.”

The 44-year-old beauty has long been known for her effortlessly glamorous appearance, but these days, she leans towards wardrobe items which are more of the casual comfort variety – and she’s added a few to her latest range for the Eva Mendes Collection.

“I have a two year old and a four year old now, (so) sometimes it’s just a challenge to get dressed, so I brought in the tees (T-shirts),” she said.

And the Latin stunner’s evolving style still gets the thumbs up from her beau Ryan, because he approves of everything she wears.

“Ryan’s so sweet. He’s so beautiful, he thinks everything looks great,” Eva smiled.

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Damien Chazelle explored the ‘uncertainty’ of space with First Man

Damien Chazelle wanted to explore the “uncertainty” of space travel in movie First Man.The director is gearing up to start promoting the biographical drama, which is based on James R. Hansen’s 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong an…

Damien Chazelle wanted to explore the “uncertainty” of space travel in movie First Man.

The director is gearing up to start promoting the biographical drama, which is based on James R. Hansen’s 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong and looks at the life of the American astronaut and his involvement in the United States space programme.

Chazelle is reuniting with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling on the movie, with the actor taking on the lead role, and the filmmaker has now shared that he wanted to convey a very realistic view of what it was like to be involved with NASA in the late 1960s.

“We don’t think about how dangerous that first era of space travel really was,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We might know about some of the disasters, but we think largely in a triumphalist way. We hear trumpets blaring and see the flag waving and it all looks noble and dignified in a way that makes it seem easy, like a fait accompli. I wanted to unwind all of that and make it as scary and uncertain as it really was.”

Chazelle went on to explain that he knew very little about Armstrong when he first started researching the film. But he spoke with NASA experts and some surviving astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in order to get a sense of exactly how risky space travel to the moon would be.

“I remember thinking, if I could somehow get this movie to capture that combination of the utterly mundane and the utterly terrifying and the awe-inspiring (it would be wonderful). But that’s a difficult combo,” the 33-year-old added.

In addition to filming at air force bases, Chazelle also had Gosling and Claire Foy, who portrays Armstrong’s first wife Janet, and their onscreen children improvise some scenes before the shoot began.

First Man, also features House of Cards actor Corey Stoll and Bloodline star Kyle Chandler, is due to hit cinemas in October (18).

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Neil Armstrong’s sons defend new movie after flag controversy

Neil Armstrong’s sons have defended the new Ryan Gosling movie about their father’s mission to the moon. Gosling plays the iconic astronaut in First Man, which focuses on the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Directed by Damien Chaze…

Neil Armstrong’s sons have defended the new Ryan Gosling movie about their father’s mission to the moon.

Gosling plays the iconic astronaut in First Man, which focuses on the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Directed by Damien Chazelle and based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie was called anti-American by critics who took offence to the film’s failure to show the moment the American flag was planted on the lunar surface.

Rick Armstrong and Mark Armstrong released a statement jointly with author Hansen on Friday (31Aug18) to dismiss reports that the movie was unpatriotic.

“We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest,” the statement read. “Quite the opposite. But don’t take our word for it. We’d encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves.

“This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement ‘for all mankind’,” they continued.

Oscar-nominated director Chazelle also defended the film amid the outcry, and said his goal with First Man was to “share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America’s mission to the moon”.

He added: “This film is about one of the most extraordinary accomplishments not only in American history, but in human history.”

Gosling also responded to the criticism, and told reporters after the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (29Aug18): “I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement (and) that’s how we chose to view it.”

Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82.

First Man is set to be released in the U.S. on 12 October.

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Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle’s new film a big hit at Venice Film Festival

Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s new Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, lit up the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on Wednesday (29Aug18). The movie, starring the director’s La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling, earned a three minute standing…

Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s new Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, lit up the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on Wednesday (29Aug18).

The movie, starring the director’s La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling, earned a three minute standing ovation after its world premiere on the opening night of this year’s festivities.

Chazelle and Gosling returned to the Italian city just two years after gracing the red carpet to debut their Oscar-winning movie musical La La Land, and the response from critics for their new project has been just as favourable.

The film, in which Gosling portrays the late astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, is already receiving rave reviews, with many critics touting the picture as an early Oscars contender.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman hails the film as “turbulently spectacular and enthralling”, while The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney praises Gosling for a “thoughtfully internalized performance”, and applauds Chazelle for delivering “emotional involvement, visceral tension” and suspense, as well as “stunning technical craft” in First Man.

During a press conference before the screening on Wednesday, Gosling admitted he had his work cut out as he researched Armstrong’s life, as the astronaut and qualified pilot was known for guarding his privacy.

“I’ve never had more help in my life on a film…,” he told reporters. “Whether it was Neil’s sons or his late ex-wife Janet or Neil’s sister, his childhood friends… NASA opened the door to the facilities.

“Neil was a very famously introspective, quiet, humble person, so the challenge was to honour that but also to create windows into what he might be or had been experiencing emotionally at the time.”

The actor even took a flying lesson to try and better understand his character – although he soon abandoned the idea after his instructor encouraged him to take the plane into a controlled stall.

“I thought what I should do was learn how to fly,” he shared, before adding, “I thought in that moment, ‘This is a terrible idea and there was a reason why Neil Armstrong was destined to be one of the greatest pilots and I’m not.’

“In that moment, I realised something about Neil. It’s a certain kind of person that will get into a plane and intentionally push it to its breaking point for the sole purpose of pushing our aeronautics forward.”

First Man, which co-stars Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Claire Foy, is among the top contenders for the Venice festival’s prestigious Golden Lion honour. It will compete against Joel and Ethan Coen’s new western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Paul Greengrass’ 22 July, Luca Guadagnino’s hotly anticipated horror remake Suspiria, Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican family drama Roma, and The Favourite, a period piece starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

Director Guillermo del Toro will lead the main jury to decide the winners of the 75th annual event, which runs until 8 September (18).

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Shane Black open to making The Nice Guys sequel

Shane Black is open to making a follow-up to 2016 action movie The Nice Guys.Set in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, the flick followed a private eye played by Ryan Gosling and a tough enforcer as portrayed by Russell Crowe who teamed up to investigate …

Shane Black is open to making a follow-up to 2016 action movie The Nice Guys.

Set in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, the flick followed a private eye played by Ryan Gosling and a tough enforcer as portrayed by Russell Crowe who teamed up to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl.

The Nice Guys received positive reviews from critics but only grossed $62 million (£42 million) on a $50 million (£39 million) budget, with Black now sharing that he will be willing to make a sequel if he can get funding.

“In a heartbeat, if someone would pay for it,” he told Fandango. “We had all kinds of ideas. The problem is it didn’t do that well at the box office. I imagine it will break even, which is not a formula for reacquiring two very expensive movie stars and proceeding with a sequel.”

Black, who made his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005, went on to explain that he has plenty of potential storylines for a second instalment in his head and is “ready to go”.

However, right now he is focused on promoting sci-fi horror flick The Predator, the fourth movie in the Predator film franchise. The film follows a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) as he accidentally triggers an alert that brings the Predators back to Earth, with the narrative set in the present day.

“It’s always unclear where Predators takes place, but I’m assuming even that is before us. And it’s simply an extension of the world established in all of the movies, which we don’t deny any of. We assume they’re all canon, and acknowledge some more than others, but there’s nothing in the movie to contradict that,” the filmmaker said.

The Predator, which also stars Sterling K. Brown, Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn, is due to hit cinemas from 12 September (18).

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Donald Glover on potential Willy Wonka casting: ‘It’s cool to be thought of’

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecom…

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.

The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as his award-winning TV series Atlanta.

He’s also voicing Simba in the upcoming live-action Lion King remake and recently won a Grammy as his rap alter ego Childish Gambino.

On top of all that, movie insiders report that Glover is in talks to star as the famous Roald Dahl character, previously portrayed onscreen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

“It kind of terrified me as a child a little bit,” Glover told Entertainment Tonight of 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. “It was a really scary movie to me. I mean, I watched it a lot but I was kind of terrified by it. I mean, you know, it’s a classic.

“I don’t know, there have been a lot of Willy Wonkas,” he added of him potentially taking on the role. “I would have to think about it on some level. But it’s cool that people are thinking about me.”

When pushed for details about how he’d reinterpret the character he laughed: “No I haven’t thought about it at all, I’ll leave that to Twitter.”

The Hollywood rumour mill went into overdrive last week (ends10Jun18), when it was reported that Glover, Ryan Gosling and Ezra Miller were all in the running to play the famous chocolate factory owner in Warner Bros.’ planned Willy Wonka movie.

Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s filming approach has left lasting impression on Shane Black

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally …

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.

The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally triggers the Predators.

The cast, which includes Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay and Boyd Holbrook, were all given the freedom to improvise during the shoot, a tactic Shane picked up from his Iron Man star.

“On Iron Man (3), Downey would be like, ‘Time!’ and I’d be like, ‘We’re shooting!’ and he’d be, ‘No, shut the cameras’ and we’d go back to the trailer and we’d all write, because he wanted new lines. I mean, maybe it’s a little bit of that,” Shane said to Slash Film. “Maybe I took a lesson from him. We’ve had a great deal of fun incorporating input from talented people who haven’t been looking at the same pages for two years.

“Y’know, Ryan Gosling’s input on The Nice Guys and Robert Downey’s input on anything, I’m happy a) that they elevate the material and b) to take credit for whatever lines they happen to generate.”

The film hits cinemas in September (18), eight years after the last Predator movie was released.

The first movie, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, came out in 1987, and Shane, who had a small acting role in it, says he’s happy to honour the original while also shaking things up in his version.

“I think that there’s a basic premise that has to be honoured every time you make a Predator film and that’s in some way, whatever the plot turns out to be, it has to, at some level, represent a hunt. But, beyond that I think there’s infinite variability,” he explained.

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