- Michael Loccisano Getty, for TIFF
- Ryan Gosling stars in First Man.
"This is a big honor, and a bigger responsibility to get this right," Toronto-native Gosling said on the red carpet minutes before First Man premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. "It's an extraordinary story of not only what he did, but what his family did."
Making the premiere that much more emotional was the surprise appearance of Mark and Eric Armstrong, the sons of Neil and Janet Armstrong (Neil died in 2012).
"When we were young, my brother Eric and I were sheltered from the risks. Our mom took care of that," said Mark. "We figured that if something went wrong, dad would figure it out and somehow get back home."
- Courtesy TIFF
First Man accomplishes more than simply idolizing Neil Armstrong. His wife Janet is also a steel-willed force to be reckoned with. (She's portrayed by Claire Foy of The Crown.)
"If Janet wasn't the person she was, I don't think Neil could have done what he did," said Foy at the premiere. "Hollywood needs to tell you more stories like that."
Gosling's portrayal of Neil Armstrong is fully realized: soft-spoken, flawed and emotionally scarred. You know... the stuff legends are made of.