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Matt Damon makes ‘Air’ premiere a family affair

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s latest movie, epic biopic ‘Air’, premiered in LA Monday evening.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s latest movie, epic biopic ‘Air’, premiered in LA Monday evening.

Matt Damon brought along his wife, Luciana Barroso, and their daughters to the ‘Air’ premiere Monday night in Los Angeles.

Damon and Barroso have been married 17 years.

The couple strolled the red carpet together, Barroso wearing a black jersey dress with long sleeves and an asymmetrical hem, and a natural look — rocking little makeup and with her hair loose around her shoulders, while Damon wore a simple black suit.

The 53-year-old actor and his 46-year-old wife were accompanied by their children, teenage daughters Isabella, who is 16, and Gia, 14, along with 12-year-old Stella.

Later at the event, Matt Damon was photographed with bestie Ben Affleck and their co-star Viola Davis. All three celebrities are Oscar-winning actors.

Who is in ‘Air’?

The sports biography drama is produced by Damon and long-time friend Ben Affleck through their new production house, Artists Equity. Affleck directs and co-stars in the film along with Damon, Jason Bateman, Christ Tucker, and Viola Davis.

Matt Damon plays sports executive Sonny Vaccaro, responsible for heading up the Nike sales department, with hefty pressure to improve sales in the company’s basketball division. Damon’s character spends countless hours looking for the talented star to be the inspiration for the campaign. When Vaccaro finds Michael Jordan, he shows him to his boss, played by Jason Bateman, and the story plays out from there.

Ben Affleck plays Nike founder Phil Knight, who is in charge of signing new players for sponsorships.

‘Air’ trailer reveals the beginning of the Air Jordan

In the trailer, Damon’s character declares to a Nike designer that he needs a serious design this time.

The greatest basketball shoe ever made,” he announces, to which the designer asks who the shoe is for.

Michael Jordan,” Vaccaro responds dramatically.

At the end of the trailer, presumably after the Nike team had developed the Air Jordan, Knight asks the sports exec if he’s named the shoe yet.

“Air Jordan,” Damon’s character responds.

Knight looks less than impressed.

“Seriously?” the exec demanded, in disbelief that the Nike founder doesn’t like the name of the new shoe.

Maybe it’ll grow on me,” Knight said dubiously.

What is ‘Air’ about?

‘Air’ is the true story about Nike’s rise to prominence in the footwear market, when they discover Michael Jordan. The shoe company develops the iconic Air Jordans inspired by the then rookie basketball player. The movie chronicles Nike’s rise, catapulted by Jordan’s skyrocketing career.

The shoes were specifically created for the Hall of Famer, when basketball player-turned baseball player-turned basketball player Michael Jordan started with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. The kicks were released April 1, 1985.


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