(From USA Today) Matt Damon gets into to trouble a lot.
Not actually Matt Damon the actor, but all the characters he plays tend to get lost/stranded/have all their brothers die in WWII. Just look at the evidence.
His last big movie, The Martian, is literally about a global effort to rescue the character he plays from being stranded on Mars. Last year he was rescued from a distant planet in Interstellar (although it didn’t exactly work out for him). And he was the whole “Private Ryan” part of Saving Private Ryan.
The movies give us a general idea of the physical and emotional costs of Saving Matt Damon, but what about the cost in actual money?
Fear not, one intrepid Quora user Kynan Eng, has made a rough calculation (and even done all that inflation math, to boot). Here’s how much he guesses that it has cost various fictional worlds to Save Matt Damon:
- Courage Under Fire (Gulf War 1 helicopter rescue): $300k
- Saving Private Ryan (WW2 Europe search party): $100k
- Titan AE (Earth evacuation spaceship): $200B
- Syriana (Middle East private security return flight): $50k
- Green Zone (US Army transport from Middle East): $50k
- Elysium (Space station security deployment and damages): $100m
- Interstellar (Interstellar spaceship): $500B
- The Martian (Mars mission): $200B
TOTAL: $900B plus change
The user also had this helpful note on the post:
His movie gross takings so far are about $2.7B, which is about 40% of the cheapest proposed trip to Mars, as proposed by the Mars One team.