It's been a minute since we heard from La La Land star Ryan Gosling. Did he go into hiding? Is he busy raising his family in private with Eva Mendes? Is he over Hollywood? Nope. Gosling has been busy playing Neil Armstrong in the new movie First Man, which documents the US's attempt to put a man on the moon. IMDb describes First Man as "a look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969." The film is based on the James R. Hansen-penned Armstrong biography of the same name, and takes place from 1961-1969.
First Man also stars Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife, who delivers one of the best lines in the trailer: "You're a bunch of boys, you don't have anything under control." Foy completely transformed for the role. We hardly recognize her from her iconic role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's The Crown.
The picture was directed by Damien Chazelle, which made this Gosling and Chazelle's second collab after 2016's La La Land. But this gritty drama is a far cry from that song-and-dance melodrama. We have a feeling First Man will guarantee Oscar nods for both talented men.
Shockingly, this is the first film about the fateful moon landing, which Chazelle revealed at CinemaCon in April.
At the same event, Gosling called the film "the most astonishing journey in history" and Foy hailed it as a tribute to "the unsung heroes who gave their support to this almost impossible voyage."
During a recent appearance on Kimmel, Gosling talked about the film's grueling training process and how he believed it gave him brain damage. Spoiler alert: he was fine.
"They built this multi-axis trainer," the actor revealed. "[It's] something NASA designed for astronauts to prepare for worst case scenarios in space."
He described the multi-axis trainer as a contraption you sit inside that "sends you ass over tea kettle" before adding that "astronauts would do it for maybe 20 minutes at a time, but in the movie, because we had to get a lot of shots, I was in for maybe six to eight hours." Ouch!
Gosling said NASA training was so intense it messed with his ability to think straight. He shared that after filming, he called his partner, Mendes, to tell her all about a donut-based conspiracy theory he couldn't stop thinking about. LOL.
"I was hell-bent on this idea that people in donut stores all over the world are trying to charm their way into getting free donuts," Gosling said with a grin.
When he told Mendes he thought he had brain damage, they went to a hospital and discovered he had indeed suffered a "mild concussion."
Now, that's dedication.
Watch the trailer for First Man below, and catch it in theaters October 12, 2018.