Astronaut Wants Reese Witherspoon as His Wife – On Screen
Buzz Aldrin says the Walk the Line Oscar winner could tackle the role
Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man on the moon, but he’s also got his eyes set on Hollywood – especially Reese Witherspoon.
The former astronaut, 78, is in talks for a proposed film about the battles he faced after his Apollo flight – and his subsequent love story, he told reporters Thursday at the New York premiere of the animated 3-D feature Fly Me to the Moon. Aldrin did voice work for the film.
As for casting the role of his wife of 20 years, Lois, Aldrin envisions Oscar-winner Witherspoon, 32.
“Lois likes Reese Witherspoon,” he says, “because she played a similar part in Walk the Line.”
In that 2005 film, Witherspoon played June Carter, wife of the erratic country legend Johnny Cash – and the woman who rescued him from the throes of substance abuse.
“My experiences post-flight were ones of not being very productive for quite awhile – depression and alcoholism, things like that,” says Aldrin. “I was trying to recover from that and ran into [Lois] afterwards.”
Asked if Lois straightened him out, Aldrin responded with a laugh. “Nah,” he insists, “I was already straight.”