Ben Affleck Says ‘Fantastic’ Jennifer Lopez Helped Him Understand ‘Culture and Style’ for Nike Movie

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ben affleck Says he got help from the wife Jennifer Lopez on shaping his upcoming film Air,

“Oh my god, he’s fantastic,” said Affleck, 50. hollywood reporter In a new cover story published Thursday. “She is incredibly knowledgeable about the way evolves through culture as a confluence of music, sport, entertainment and dance.”

During a wide-ranging conversation that detailed Affleck’s long-standing friendship Air co-star Matt Damon plus his Grammy Awards appearance with LopezThe actor-director said his wife, 53, “helped me talk about the way Jordan is a part of the cause [the shoes] are so meaningful because the culture and style in America is 90 percent driven by Black culture.”

“Black culture has historically pioneered music, dance, fashion, and then it’s been stolen, appropriated, remarketed as Elvis or whatever,” Affleck said. AirWhich is how Nike first partnered Michael Jordan in the 1980s.

“And in this case, [Nike]a white-run corporate entity, was starting to do business with African American athletes in terms of selling an identity affiliation,” he said. I don’t think the meaning can be overstated. They were like ‘Hey, guys, we’re a are going to switch from ‘have nice shoes’ to ‘if Mike has it, you want it’.”

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Ben Affleck The Hollywood Reporter Magazine Cover March 2023

Ben Affleck The Hollywood Reporter Magazine Cover March 2023

hollywood reporter Ben Affleck on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter

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When asked about the risk of repeating the appropriation Affleck described by Nike by making a film about the situation, the director explained theart “It’s not my movie to make” and said he consulted with people who “could help me make it relevant” with the new film.

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“I’m telling a story that’s about a combination of things, and that’s one aspect of it,” Affleck said, explaining that ignoring “the appropriation of black culture by white Americans for profit” would be a bad result. Will happen.

“What I’m going to do is talk to people who understand it better than I do and who can help me contextualize it, and that was [costume designer] charles [Antoinette Jones]it was [costar Viola Davis]” he said. “Chris [Tucker]He gave me monologues, he gave me scenes, and it was very organic.”

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In the upcoming film, written by Alex Convery, Affleck himself plays Nike, Inc. co-founder Philip Knight and Damon, 52, who plays sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro. Air Also starring are Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Gustaf Skarsgård and Davis as Jordan’s mother Deloris.

Air In cinemas on 5th April.