Marlon Wayans, star of the upcoming biographical sports drama Air, recently shared his experience working with Ben Affleck, who stars in the film and serves as its director. Wayans jokingly revealed to Variety that he felt the pressure to deliver as he didn’t want to ‘get his ass beat by Batman’, referring to Affleck’s role as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s DCEU.
Air tells the story of Michael Jordan’s rise to fame and the role of Nike in his success. It features an impressive ensemble cast, including Matt Damon, who plays Sonny Vaccaro, the man who signed Jordan as a rookie, and Affleck, who takes on the role of Phil Knight, Nike’s co-founder.
Interestingly, despite Affleck’s previous portrayal of Batman, he has opted for a different look in Air, donning sporty tracksuits from the 80s. However, Wayans revealed Affleck’s muscle and broodiness from his time as the Caped Crusader seemed to have carried over to his directorial approach, striking fear into his actors.
The fans on Wayans’ intimidation of the Batman
While fans on Twitter poked fun at Wayans’ apparent intimidation by the ‘Batman director,’ Jason Bateman, who plays Nike’s then-Director of Marketing, Rob Strasser, revealed that Air is about so much more than just sports and business deals. In an interview with Variety, Bateman highlighted the film’s values, including recognizing talent, motherly love, and advocating for the people you love.
Air is set to hit theaters on April 5 and faces stiff competition from The Super Mario Bros. Movie. However, with a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Air has already garnered a warm reception, and audiences eagerly anticipate its release.
No sequel for the ‘Good Will Hunting’
In other news, Ben Affleck confirmed in a recent interview with Variety that he and Matt Damon had been pitched a sequel for Good Will Hunting. However, he revealed that they would not pursue the idea as it needed to be better to become a reality.
Affleck and Damon have worked together on numerous projects, including their Oscar-winning work on the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. With the release of Air, their blockbuster partnership is back in the spotlight, and audiences are eager to see what they will collaborate on next.