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Donald Trump’s favorite theme music may be off limits if a Hollywood producer has her way

Donald Trump is a big fan of the music from the film “Air Force One.” He uses it at campaign events, and it was played both when he landed in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention and when he addressed the delegates.

But, the movie’s producer wants Trump to stop. Producer Gail Katz says Trump is using the music from the 1997 film, starring Harrison Ford, without permission. Katz speaks on behalf of the film score’s composer, Jerry Goldsmith, who is deceased.

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Katz told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that Trump never asked for permission to use the score. She’s written the Trump campaign to request that it not play music from the film at future events, claiming the campaign is “hijacking” it.

Here is the full text of Katz’s letter to the Trump camp.

July 25, 2016

To: Donald J.Trump’s presidential campaign
Re: Usage of the theme from AIR FORCE ONE

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump staged a publicity event by landing his helicopter in Cleveland to the powerful, heroic theme from the film Air Force One starring Harrison Ford.

The music for Air Force One was composed and conducted by the legendary Oscar-winning film composer Jerry Goldsmith. Jerry’s music was hijacked in a misguided attempt to associate Trump with the film and the President in that film. The Wall Street Journal recently identified Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the President in Air Force One as the #1 fictional President in film or television.

At no point were the filmmakers contacted to ask for permission to use Jerry’s music for the Republican campaign. We sincerely hope that Donald Trump and the Republicans do not use the Air Force One score in the future. It is a misappropriation of the music and the good will of the film, and we want to make sure that it does not imply any endorsement of the Republican ticket by the filmmakers.

The Trump campaign’s misappropriation of songs and music over the repeated objections of authors and performers is just one more reason why on November 8 the American voters will send a clear message to Donald Trump – “Stay off our plane!”

Gail Katz
Producer
AIR FORCE ONE

Music agent Richard Kraft echoed that sentiment. He represented Goldsmith for 15 years and says the acclaimed composer would not be happy with Trump using his music.

“From everything I know about Jerry Goldsmith’s political views, he would have been extremely unhappy with Trump co-opting his art to sell his image,” Kraft told The Hollywood Reporter.

“He would have been appalled to have his music selling a product he would greatly dislike,” Kraft continued.

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Other artists, including Adele, The Rolling Stones, Queen and R.E.M., have either asked the campaign to stop using their music or have said they did not give permission for the Trump camp to use their tunes.

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