You don’t want to be caught on a mission with Matt Damon. He’s got a poor track record when it comes to personal safety, often finding himself in sticky situations that require dramatic rescue. Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, The Martian – Damon’s cost fictional institutions astronomical amounts of money to successfully recover him.
But just how much have they spent? It’s probably not a question you’ve ever seriously considered but Quora user Kynan Eng has provided us with a (very detailed) answer.
First he listed the various movie budgets for Damon’s films…
Courage under Fire: $46m
Saving Private Ryan: $70m
Titan AE: $75m
Green Zone: $100m
The Martian: $108m
Then he made a list of estimated fictional costs:
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
His findings? That “making the Matt Damon movies has cost about 0.1% of the ‘real’ cost to actually send him on all of these business trips.”
Or in other words: Matt Damon is one pricey dude.