When asked about Donald Trump utilizing clips from their film Air in his latest political ad, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck said they “did not consent.”

The former president of the United States, who is planning another bid for office in 2024, uploaded a fundraising video to his Truth Social channel over the weekend. The film’s final monologue from this year’s movie Air serves as the soundtrack to the ad, which also contains photographs and video footage of Trump from his life.

Artists Equity, which produces films starring Damon and Affleck, issued a statement saying the actors “strongly disagree” with the use of the tape in Trump’s campaign.

A representative for Air told TMZ, “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.”

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According to the statement, “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 film Air, Damon plays a marketing executive for Nike who puts his professional future in jeopardy to secure a sponsorship agreement for Michael Jordan. This is an excerpt from his passionate, impromptu address to Jordan and his parents at the formal pitch meeting.

After the opening statement “Money can buy you almost anything, but it can not buy you immortality, that you have to earn,” the speaker goes on to speak for another two minutes and fifty seconds.

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The film, the first under their Artists Equity name, had Affleck in both directing and acting roles.


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