Someone Calculated How Much Money Hollywood Has Spent On Rescuing Matt Damon And GOOD GOD
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.