Ryan Gosling's new movie First Man is giving back to U.S. veterans who are hoping to watch him play Niel Armstrong.
Thursday, Verterans and active-duty service members will receive a free movie ticket to see his film at more than 500 Regal Theaters nationwide!
Free tickets will be given to the first 25 service members per location with a valid, government-issued ID for a 7 p.m. preview screening of First Man. That's more than 14,000 free tickets!
Mark and Rick, Armstrong's sons said they want to honor those who serve to the U.S. in a statement:
During his career as a Naval aviator, our dad flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War,” they said. “The friendships he forged during those critical years remained deeply important to them all of his days. Freedom — much like landing on the moon — is an achievement that is hard fought and hard won, and it cannot be accomplished without the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and their loved ones.”
In an interview with PEOPLE, Gosling said he was really excited to play the American Icon,
“As soon as I learned what the moon was, I learned that somebody named Neil Armstrong walked on it,” he said.
“I had no idea how claustrophobic and frail those space capsules were...we have more computing power in our cell phones than they had on those early spacecraft.”
When asked if he was nervous about playing the American hero, he joked he would be fine, "as long as people don’t find out that I’m Canadian.”
The film also stars Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll and Pablo Schreiber.
First Man opens in theaters on Oct. 12!
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