Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are clarifying that they don’t “allow” audio from Donald Trump’s “Air” to be used.
Affleck and Damon’s production company, Artists Equity, released a statement in response to the former chairman sharing an excerpt of Damon’s impassioned speech from the film tracing the partnership between Nike and Michael Jordan.
“Money can buy you almost anything, but it can’t buy you immortality,” Damon’s character says in the clip. “This, you have to earn.”
Trump posted the two-and-a-half-minute monologue on his own Social truth page.
A representative of Artists Equity said so Variety, “We were not aware of, have not consented to, and do not endorse or approve any footage or audio of ‘Air’ repurposed by the Trump campaign as political advertising or for any other use. Specifically in terms of all rights available to us under United States copyright and intellectual property law, we hereby expressly advise you that in the event of any use of material from “Air” by the Trump campaign where approval or consent, we do not grant such consent.”
Trump’s Truth Social has a manifesto posted on its homepage, which reads in part: “We are watching our Republic DIE before our eyes. The Biden-appointed Special Counsel pointed me in another witch hunt regarding documents I had the RIGHT to declassify as President of the United States.
The statement continues: “This witch hunt began when the FBI raided my home and then staged it to look like a made-for-TV crime scene with police sirens and flashing red and blue lights.” .
Trump was indicted on March 30 in New York on felony charges. The former ‘Apprentice’ host also faces several other criminal investigations, including voter tampering with Georgia during the 2020 election.
As for “Air,” actor and producer Damon previously told SXSW that it was a “natural progression” for longtime friend and collaborator Affleck to direct it on screen.
“We’ve written a lot of movies and produced and acted together for so many years and decades, so it’s been no different to work this way,” Damon said.
Affleck added, “We’ve been getting this question a lot, I keep thinking, ‘Shoulddid you feel different?’ Because it looked exactly the same. And what was really wonderful was, I love and trust Matt so much, and it was so great to work together, it was kind of like a feeling of, I want other actors to try[this too]. Like, ‘Come on, it’s okay, I love actors, I love you, it’s going to be okay, everybody, take as long as you want, do what you have to do and be respected, and kind of project that energy.