Without Viola Davis, Matt Damon Says ‘Air’ Would Have Died

Ben Affleck, Viola Davis and Matt Damon attend the World Premiere of Amazon Studio’s AIR at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, March 27, 2023
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When we spoke to director Ben Affleck about Air, he told us he’d spoken to Michael Jordan, who made one casting request: He wanted Oscar-winner VIola Davis to play his mother, Deloris. As fate would have it, Davis was totally amenable to the idea, and she signed on for the film. That made Jordan happy, that made Affleck happy, and it also made co-star/executive producer Matt Damon happy. As Damon explains, they were ready to scrap the film altogether if they couldn’t fulfill Jordan’s wish. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)

 Air is currently streaming on Prime Video.

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