On Saturday, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company Artists Equity issued a statement denouncing the unapproved utilization of a monologue from their recent film “Air” in a newly shared campaign video by former President Donald Trump.
“We had no foreknowledge of, did not consent to, and do not endorse or approve any footage or audio from Air being re-purposed by the Trump campaign as a political advertisement or for any other use,” Artists Equity said in a statement.
The nearly two-and-a-half-minute Trump campaign clip is entirely based on a critical monologue from the film, as reported by the outlet.
“Specifically in terms of any & all rights available to us under U.S. copyright and intellectual property law, we hereby, expressly give notice that in the case of any use of material from Air by the Trump campaign where approval or consent is required, we do not grant such consent,” the production house added in the statement.
The clip shows Trump approaching the camera with his helicopter in the background; Damon’s voice can be heard saying, “Money can grant you almost anything, but it cannot grant you immortality.”
The Trump campaign also utilized this scene to request donations from its supporters.
Damon portrays Sonny Vaccaro, while Affleck takes on the role of Nike co-founder Phil Knight in the film. It showcases Vaccaro’s persuasive efforts in convincing Jordan, played by Damian Young, to sign a contract with Nike and the subsequent creation of the iconic Air Jordan shoe line.
“Money can buy you almost anything,” Damon says in the video, as images of Trump come and go. “It can’t buy you immortality; that you have to earn.”
The movie also features actress Viola Davis, portraying Jordan’s mother. Davis’s inclusion in the film was a crucial request made by Jordan himself.
When the two sold the script for their Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck said he felt at the time that he would “never have to work again.”
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Edited by Alberto Arellano and Joseph Hammond