It was Tom Wolfe’s e book The Proper Stuff that informed me the explanation airline pilots all sound the identical is as a result of they’re all emulating the West Virginia drawl of take a look at pilot Chuck Yeager. Printed in 1979, it was the story of the start of the American area program and the Mercury Seven astronauts.
Nevertheless it was additionally the story of how NASA was a bunch of weenies as a result of after they picked take a look at pilots to be astronauts, they disregarded the best take a look at pilot of all: Chuck Yeager. And it is a story that Philip Kaufman caught with in 1983 when he tailored The Proper Stuff into a very lengthy film that solely an aerospace nerd might love.
The inherent superiority of Chuck Yeager over the Mercury Seven just isn’t a narrative you’ll be taught within the new Disney+ collection The Proper Stuff, which begins streaming on October 9. “Based mostly on” Wolfe’s e book and produced by Nationwide Geographic and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Method, this new adaptation correctly chooses to maintain issues centered on the area race’s first superstars, together with Fits’ Patrick J. Adams as John Glenn and Mad Males‘s Aaron Staton as Wally Schirra.
Ditching the excessive desert and the breaking of the sound barrier permits The Proper Stuff to spend so much extra time exploring the lives of the brand new astronauts as NASA establishes itself and tries to make that entire rocket factor work in addition to these darn Communists.
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