Beer Maker Unhappy With Its Role in New Denzel Washington Movie THR
In the new Denzel Washington film "Flight," the actor plays an airline pilot who over-indulges in beer, vodka and gin, a fact that has Anheuser-Busch InBev upset because its beer is prominently displayed in the movie in a negative light, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In one scene in particular, Washington's character is shown drinking a Budweiser while driving. Anheuser-Busch InBev takes exception to that depiction of its product.
Rob McCarthy, a vice president at Budweiser, told the Associated Press, "We would never condone the misuse of our products, and have a long history of promoting responsible drinking and preventing drunk driving."
Paramount declined to comment on the complaint. The Hollywood Reporter cites fair usage to explain the film's use of a variety of well-known brands of alcohol.
"Flight" opened Nov. 2 and grossed $25 million in its opening weekend.