Former President Donald Trump posted a video to his Truth Social this weekend, which included audio from Matt Damon’s character in the film ‘Air’.
The monologue is from the recent release of the biopic “Air” which documents Nike’s beginning phase of its partnership with Michael Jordan.
Matt Damon stars as Sonny Vaccaro, a marketing executive for Nike who passionately believes Jordan is Nike’s best hope at competing with their competitors Adidas and Converse.
Ben Affleck, and his costar Matt Damon’s production company, Artists Equity, didn’t appreciate the use of the monologue in Trump’s video issuing a statement.
“We had no foreknowledge of, did not consent to, and do not endorse or approve any footage or audio from Air being repurposed by the Trump campaign as a political advertisement or for any other use,” the statement began.
“Specifically in terms of any and all rights available to us under US 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.”
Update: a spokesperson for Damon and Ben Affleck’s production company Artists Equity tells Axios: “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.” https://t.co/TwkpK2dDZT pic.twitter.com/ANtY9FllUH
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