First Man stars on their personal trip to the moon
Are you sure?
Yeah, it'll be an adventure.
First man to walk on the Moon
It's gotta be something.
What I wanted to try to do with this movie was try to take a contemporary viewer and put them, and try to really rewind in a true time-travel kind of way, to the early
Where walking on the moon was as insane a proposition as today maybe to Mars, or what have you.
But kind of as insane a proposition as you can get, and felt as unwieldy an enterprise, and just to see step by step in a real time immediate kind of way.
Not with a historical vantage point, but hopefully in a present tense kind of way how one goes about turning
Improbable fantasies into realities and again the costs that we often forget.
Human space by then had sort of become, at least where I grew up, taking for granted, you know, isn't something that really was being discussed, you know, more men with MTV will go
And that's I think when Damien and I met about this and I read stories, I just was like so used to such an inspired idea on his end.
I want to sort of dive deeper into that and to revisit it and show that it wasn't this And just predestined to success.
An incredible thing that Damian did, which is he gave us room to not have to feel pressured or that we have to get it right, and for me, I just personally felt really grateful because I got to test out an American accent for two weeks without anyone going, I'm not sure about that vowel sound, which was amazing.
And we got to kind of Live with each other and get to know one another and mess up and do it wrong, and try things out, which is very, very rare.
I have every intention of coming back.
But you might not.
I felt like the base of what we did when we were making the film was
Just the humanity of these people, and the reality of their lives.
So we were all, especially me being a British person, I steeped myself in kind of as much Americana as humanly possible.
And especially during that time, just to really make sure that I wasn't kinda doing just a version of that.
And I think because, obviously, I come from Europe, I kind of
See it already as a worldwide shared experience which is what Neil made it because he said it's for all mankind which is really poignant.
It wasn't pre-determined in anyway.
It could have gone wrong at any point and that these were people that made this possible.
And there's a specific group of people but then there's hundreds of thousands of people that also made it possible.
this incredible story of sacrifice and courage and it was an honor to be a part of it and makes...
you know I learned so much.
As far as I was concerned we were making an intimate documentary style kind of domestic film and I just was absoltely blown away and thought it was so beautifully done
And so uniquely done as well, I think to see it in that frame of reference where you're seeing it from Neil's perspective.
You're seeing it from one man's perspective as opposed to worshipping space.
You see it how a man who had been through all he'd been through would see it.
I think that's so unique.
Certainly, I think it's a good thing to sort of maintain an interest in
Space exploration, and trying to sort of build on the work that these pioneers did in the 60s.
In some ways it does a disservice to those people and those pioneers to think of that chapter in history as the sort of removed chapter of glorious super humans who have nothing to do with us.
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