‘First Man’ Trailer: Ryan Gosling Finally Drops *That* Famous Line

This movie looks fucking intense, my bros. In fact, Bateman and I saw an IMAX preview for it back in the summer. And let me tell you, it put hair on my tits and a clench in my ass.


We’re still a few weeks away from the release of First Man, which will be one of the first major Oscar contenders to arrive in theaters this awards season. That’s wholly appropriate since the entire movie is about NASA’s attempts to be the first astronauts on the moon. Now, thanks to a new First Man trailer, we finally get to see and hear that iconic moment when Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) first stepped foot on the lunar surface.

While we’ve definitely gotten to the point that we don’t need to see any more footage from First Man to be convinced this movie is worth seeing, I must say that this is the best trailer yet. There’s only one line of dialogue from the movie – otherwise, the tone for the trailer is perfectly set by the inspirational voiceover of President John F. Kennedy giving his famous “We choose to go to the moon” speech.

However, that one line of dialogue at the very end of the trailer is something people have likely been waiting to hear come out of Ryan Gosling’s mouth for a long time. He finally delivers Neil Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Gosling does a good job of replicating Armstrong’s cadence, but the voice is undeniably Gosling’s. Maybe it could use one more pass to distort the audio a bit more to make it sound more like the real thing.

It looks like director Damien Chazelle has plenty of talent up his sleeve, and he doesn’t need jazz to show it off. Most of the reviews from the film festival circuit have been glowing, though our own Chris Evangelista wasn’t quite as high on it as everyone else. Even so, the movie is currently standing with an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.