The lion’s share of Matt Damon‘s career has involved him acting in movies where his character is being rescued: Courage Under Fire, Saving Private Ryan, Syriana, Interstellar, The Martian, etc. etc. etc. A Quora user was curious just how much Hollywood rescues of Matt Damon have cost, both actual film costs and fictional costs based on movie plots, and that Quora user crunched the numbers. You won’t be surprised at all to discover that rescuing Matt Damon has cost Hollywood an absolute shit ton.
How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?
Courage under Fire: $46m
Saving Private Ryan: $70m
Titan AE: $75m
Green Zone: $100m
The Martian: $108m
My estimates, costs are in 2015 currency
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
Movie marketing costs are not included
Only movies where Matt Damon acted are included
Making the Matt Damon movies has cost about 0.1% of the “real” cost to actually send him on all of these business trips
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.
Even if we’re going on the real costs to film Matt Damon movies vs. how much money his movies bring in at the box office that’s only a ~4x metric. $729 total filming costs vs. $2.7B gross at the box office. Now based on the theoretical costs Matt Damon has cost Hollywood almost ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in rescue attempts.
At what point do we stand up and say ‘Fuck Matt Damon, let’s leave him on Mars’?!? Is it really worth tossing away billions and billions and billions of theoretical dollars to save his ass? Those Mars trips are getting footed by the tax payers, do we really need to cough up all this money for some yokel who got lost in space?
Also, Matt Damon will reprise his role as Jason Bourne in 2016 we don’t know the plot yet, so there’s theoretically a chance that he’s getting saved instead of doing the saving that we expect from Bourne. There is a chance that his numbers go up even further. I’d even be willing to bet the farm that Matt Damon eclipses $1 Trillion in theoretical rescue costs by the time this decade is over. (via Yahoo!)