The team behind Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” including Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, director Damien Chazelle, writer Josh Singer and composer Justin Hurwitz, took time to discuss the film as part of Variety’s Screening Series.
Claire Foy, who plays Armstrong’s wife Janet, expressed her appreciation that director Damien Chazelle and writer Josh Singer “realized that there was something more interesting that Janet had to offer in life that needed to be shown.”
Singer explained that he and Chazelle were struck how by the story was one of “grief.”
“We were both so surprised that we had never heard anything about this daughter,” he said, referring to Armstrong’s daughter Karen, who died at the age of two and a half from brain cancer. “And being able to dive into the personal in a really powerful way and some of the best stuff in this film is stuff that we wrote scenes fro and then was ad-libbed.”
Watch the full interview above.