Chuck Yeager, a World War II fighter pilot ace who became the first known pilot to break the sound barrier, took a swipe at Hollywood on Friday over the upcoming movie "First Man."
The movie, staring Ryan Gosling, is based on American astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to ever step foot on the moon. However, the movie controversially omits a key detail in the first lunar landing: Armstrong planting an American flag on the moon's surface.
Gosling said at the movie's premiere in Italy that directors wanted to frame the lunar landing as a "human achievement," rather than an American one.
"I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it," Gosling said. "I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil."
What did Yeager say?
Yeager replied to a tweet noting that he personally knew a much different Neil Armstrong than the person Gosling described.
@ClarenceSwirly That's not the Neil Armstrong I knew— Chuck Yeager (@Chuck Yeager)1535730609.0
Later, he stepped up criticism, taking a swipe at Hollywood.
More Hollywood make-believe— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) August 31, 2018
"First Man" hits theaters Oct. 12.