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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Condemn Donald Trump Using Air Monologue for Campaign Video – TheFantasyTimes

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Condemn Donald Trump Using Air Monologue for Campaign Video


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have spoken out against the recent use of a monologue from the movie Air in a promotional video for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign. The video, which was posted on the Truth Social platform, features clips of Trump and his supporters, with audio of Damon delivering a powerful speech from the movie. The post received significant attention and has since been shared on other social media platforms.


Affleck, who directed the movie and stars alongside Damon, has released a joint statement with Damon, clarifying that they do not endorse Trump or his campaign and had no knowledge that the audio from Air would be used for the promotional video. The statement demands that the Trump campaign refrain from using any material from Air to promote his campaign moving forward, citing the lack of consent from the two actors.

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The statement reads, “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. 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.”

In Air, Damon plays Nike marketer Sonny Vaccaro, and the movie chronicles the inception of the Air Jordan shoe line in collaboration with NBA legend Michael Jordan. The monologue used in Trump’s promotional video features Damon’s character explaining how success must be earned, regardless of one’s wealth.

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\”Money can buy almost anything… it can’t buy immortality. That you have to earn,\” he says. \”We need you in these shoes, not so that you have meaning in your life, but so that we have meaning in ours.\”

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Air Inspired Donald Trump’s Latest Campaign Video

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While Air has received positive reviews, with a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Affleck and Damon have made it clear that Trump does not have their consent to use any material from the movie for his political campaign. The film was initially set to be released only on Prime Video, but it was later given a theatrical release due to its strong test screenings.

Air is available to stream

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are condemning the recent use of an Air monologue being used to promote Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign. On the Truth Social platform, Trump shared a video promoting his 2024 campaign featuring video clips of himself and his followers cheering him on. Played over the footage is audio of Damon delivering a powerful speech from Air. The post got a lot of attention and has been shared on other social media platforms.


Now, Affleck and Damon are speaking out against the ad, making it clear they don’t endorse Trump or his campaign. Affleck, who directed the film and co-stars alongside Damon, released a joint statement announcing that they had no knowledge that the audio from Air would be used for the Trump video. The two are also demanding the Trump campaign refrains from using anything from Air to promote his campaign moving forward, saying that the former president does not have consent to do so.

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“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 reads, per Deadline. “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.”

In the movie, Damon plays Nike marketer Sonny Vaccaro, and the film details the origins of the famous Air Jordan shoe line made in collaboration with NBA legend Michael Jordan. A monologue from Damon’s Sonny, the one used for Trump’s promo, explains how success must be earned, no matter how much money one has.

“Money can buy almost anything… it can’t buy immortality. That you have to earn,” he says. “We need you in these shoes, not so that you have meaning in your life, but so that we have meaning in ours.”

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Air Inspired Donald Trump’s Latest Campaign Video

Air 2023 movie with Ben Affleck
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Donald Trump seems to have enjoyed Airand he wasn’t the only one. The movie has garnered positive reviews, earning a 92% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It had originally been slated for a streaming-only release on Prime Video, but it was moved to have a theatrical release as well after the test screenings were very strong. But while he can stream the film at home all he wants, Trump is going to have to avoid using any footage or audio from the movie for any more ads, otherwise he may be facing legal trouble with Affleck and Damon.

You can stream Air on Prime Video. Directed by Affleck, the film was written by Alex Convery. Along with Affleck and Damon, the movie stars Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, Chris Tucker, and Viola Davis. You can watch a trailer for the movie below.

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