“First Man” screenwriter Josh Singer is known for making “based on true story” movies — “Spotlight,” “The Post” — that really do recount what happened, without too many Hollywood embellishments.
Singer told Business Insider what the challenges were of giving Neil Armstrong’s story the same treatment.
When Hollywood needs a true story to be told on the big screen, it often turns to one guy to write the script: Josh Singer.
And we don’t mean a movie “based on a true story.” We mean a real true story. And there is a difference.
For as long as there have been movies, the term “true story” has been used very loosely in Hollywood. To help move forward a plot or build more drama in a story, directors and screenwriters often embellish real events, or include moments that never happened.
Jim Garrison’s memorable closing remarks in the trial scene in Oliver Stone’s “JFK?” Never happened. Iranians chasing a plane down the runway at the end of “Argo?” Never happened.
It’s extremely hard to not heighten true life stories a tad, because let’s face it, we want movies to be more exciting than real life. But Singer has found a way to tell gripping true stories for the screen without adding in tons of untrue elements.
What’s his secret? It all comes down to the story and lots of research.
Starting with “Spotlight” in 2015 — which earned a best picture Oscar, and got Singer an original screenplay Oscar with director/cowriter Tom McCarthy — Singer has given audiences a glimpse of some of the most historic events and fascinating people in American history, with an accuracy to the account that even dazzles the people who were actually there.
“Spotlight” set the stage, as the movie’s look inside the investigative journalist unit at The Boston Globe that uncovered child sex abuse by Boston Roman Catholic priests has been viewed as a modern-day “All the President’s Men.” And that might have been why Singer was then pegged to write last year’s “The Post” (along with Liz Hannah), which looks inside The Washington Post as it publishes The Pentagon Papers. Now Singer takes us to the moon with “First Man” (opening in theaters on Friday).
The movie, which is director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to 6-Oscar-winner “La La Land,” gives an intimate look at the events that led to astronaut Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to ever set foot on …read more
Source:: Business Insider