First Man on France 2: which actor played Neil Armstrong before Ryan Gosling?  - Cinema News

First Man on France 2: which actor played Neil Armstrong before Ryan Gosling? – Cinema News

France 2 is broadcasting “First Man” tonight with Ryan Gosling in the role of Neil Armstrong. The opportunity to remember that before him another actor had the privilege of playing the famous astronaut in the cinema.

In First Man, broadcast today at 9 p.m. on France 2, Ryan Gosling plays the first man to set foot on the Moon. However, two decades before him, another actor had the honor to lend his features to the famous American astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is about a certain Mark Wheeler, appeared the time of a wink scene in Apollo 13.

We show you this sequence in Ron Howard’s 1995 film: James Lovell (Tom Hanks) attends the moon landing in front of his television set. The mother (Kathleen Quinlan) worried to see her son go into space then finds herself with Neil and his accomplice Buzz Aldrin (Larry Williams). Both seek to distract her from NASA’s pessimistic predictions.

Mark Wheeler (right) as Neil Armstrong

Born December 23, 1947 in Hennepin, Minnesota, Mark Wheeler has during his entire acting career, which began in 1973, had to be satisfied with only mini-appearances. Whether in series, television films or in the cinema where he was noticed as a receptionist in Secret Conversation, Palme d’Or from 1974.

He will find solid support in the person of Ron Howard who will run him in Apollo 13 of course, but also in Backdraft (1991), Far horizons (1992) or Live on Ed TV (1999). Mark Wheeler’s last performance dates back to a 2009 short film, If You See Something, Say Something.

As we mentioned above the character of James Lovell, another pilot of the Gemini program and commander of the Apollo 11 replacement mission, know that he is played by Pablo Schreiber in Damien Chazelle’s film.

Well received by critics, this human drama was nominated four times at the 2019 Oscars, in the categories visual effects, sound editing, set and sound mixing, but won only one award (Best visual effects).

Thomas Pesquet’s point of view

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