You know the famous Hollywood duo, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, right? Well, they’ve just slammed the ex-president and 2024 Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, for using a movie speech in a campaign ad.
And it gets even better, they’re forbidding him from using any of their movie material. Trump didn’t see that coming, did he?
The Drama Unfolds
So here’s the scoop: Trump posts a video on his Truth Social network, and guess what’s playing? Matt Damon’s monologue from “Air,” a film directed by none other than Ben Affleck. Talk about a plot twist! Damon’s words echo out, “Money can buy you almost anything. It can’t buy you immortality, that you have to earn.” Seems like the ex-president is taking some liberties with Damon’s speech, don’t you think?
The Big No-No
Here comes the kicker, Damon and Affleck’s production company claim they never got a call from the Trump campaign. No permission was sought to use the speech! Looks like Trump’s team might’ve dropped the ball on this one! They’re now saying, “Hey Trump, hands off our movie stuff!”
The Trump Twist
Trump’s campaign video is pretty crafty. It features images from Trump’s early life and his first campaign. Damon’s speech from the movie accompanies these images, creating a dramatic effect. But there’s also a hint of controversy. As Damon’s character says that people will “tear you down”, there are images of news reports about Trump’s indictment and the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate. A tad dramatic, wouldn’t you say?
Backlash from Tinseltown
Now, Damon and Affleck are pretty upset. And they’ve got some choice words. A spokesperson for their production company said, “We had no foreknowledge of, did not consent to, and did not endorse or approve any footage of audio from Air being repurposed by the Trump campaign.” Ouch! That’s quite the clapback!
Past Ties and Public Views
It’s no secret that both Damon and Affleck aren’t exactly fans of the ex-president. Damon openly supported Clinton in 2016 and even called out Trump’s response to the Charlottesville riots as “absolutely abhorrent.” Affleck, on the other hand, was backing Democrats in 2020 and hasn’t been shy about criticizing Trump either. In a 2017 interview, Affleck described any party where Trump was present as “cheesy.” Bet that didn’t sit well with the Trump camp!
Not the First Rodeo for Trump
This isn’t Trump’s first run-in with copyright issues. In 2019, Twitter pulled down a Trump video that used music from The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. were not amused, to say the least. Later, band REM lashed out at Trump for using their song in a meme to make fun of Democrats.
So, the moral of the story? Always get permission before using someone else’s stuff, especially when it’s Hollywood A-listers involved!
What do you think of this Trump saga? Did the duo do right by putting their foot down, or is this just Tinseltown flexing its muscles? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more updates on this escalating drama!