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Beastie Boys deny Arnold Schwarzenegger use of 'Sabotage'

By Daniel Kreps
Rolling Stone
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger's film "Sabotage" quietly hit movie theaters in March, racking up negative reviews and $10 million at the U.S. box office -- half its $35 million budget -- before limping out of multiplexes. In most cases of box office bombs, you can blame a poor marketing strategy for the film's failure. In the case of "Sabotage," you can probably blame the Beastie Boys. Mike D and Ad-Rock turned down "a lot of money" to let "Sabotage" use the "Ill Communication" hit "Sabotage" in its promotional materials in order to honor Adam "MCA" Yauch's request that the group never lend their music in commercials or ad campaigns.

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The Schwarzenegger revelation came straight from Mike D during testimony in the Beasties' $1 million lawsuit against Monster Energy Drinks, the New York Daily News reports. Monster is alleged to have used the group's music in their promo "Ruckus in the Rockies" without permission. Speaking of Sabotage's offer, Mike D testified, "It felt like too much of an endorsement. We weren't fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger's recent work." Mike D added that while the Beasties could have used Arnold's money -- "We have not been able to tour since MC died. We can't make new music." -- they're respecting Yauch's wishes regarding the use of the catalog.

Last year, Mike D and Ad-Rock sued toymakers GoldieBlox after the company used a rendition of the Beasties' "Girls" in a promotional video; the case was settled in March 2014. While the surviving Beasties supported GoldieBlox's girl-empowering message, they still filed a lawsuit just to show there would be no flexibility when it came to using the Beastie Boys music in ads. The money GoldieBox paid in the settlement was given to charities that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.

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Jun 13, 2014 5:30AM
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Sorry, that was supposed to say "besides the fame and talent". I have a bad "e' on the keyboard.
Jun 13, 2014 5:29AM
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What great friends to have had. besides the fan and talent, he had true friends. Blessed.
Jun 3, 2014 3:15PM
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RIP Adam, your boys still got your back! cuz ya can't, ya won't, and ya don't stop!
Jun 3, 2014 12:53PM
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Much respect to them for staying true to their friend.  They admitted that they needed the money but didn't take it.  Money is a major incentive these days so much respect!
Jun 3, 2014 11:49AM
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One of the reasons why The Beasties still have a ton of respect. I don't want to hear a Beastie Boys song in an add for Honey Nut Cheerios....ahem...Nelly.
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