Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s accumulation banner Artists Equity states that it “did not consent” to nan usage of a speech from nan movie “Air” successful a caller run advertisement for Donald Trump.
On Saturday, Trump shared a fundraising video connected his Truth Social platform. The advertisement features footage and images of nan erstwhile president passim his life, accompanied by audio of Damon’s climactic speech from nan movie “Air.” In nan outpouring release, Damon’s Nike exec gives nan reside to a young Michael Jordan to person him to motion a sponsorship woody pinch nan footwear company.
“We had nary foreknowledge of, did not consent to and do not endorse aliases o.k. immoderate footage aliases audio from ‘Air’ being repurposed by nan Trump run arsenic a governmental advertisement aliases for immoderate different use,” a spokesperson for Artists Equity told Variety connected Sunday. “Specifically successful position of immoderate and each authorities disposable to america nether U.S. copyright and intelligence spot law, we hereby, expressly springiness announcement that successful nan lawsuit of immoderate usage of worldly from ‘Air’ by nan Trump run wherever support aliases consent is required, we do not assistance specified consent.”
As of this article’s publication, nan video remains disposable to watch connected Truth Social.
“Money tin bargain you almost anything, but it can’t bargain you immortality, that you person to earn,” Damon’s speech starts, opening nan astir two-and-a-half-minute audio clip.
“Air” centers connected really Jordan signed a landmark sponsorship woody pinch Nike. Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, a trading executive for nan institution that skirts astir firm activity to motion Jordan. Affleck directed nan movie and stars arsenic Nike CEO Phil Knight.