Have you ever noticed the common theme in Matt Damon’s movies? No, not Boston or Ben Affleck. I’m talking about the fact that he constantly needs to be extracted from dangerous situations. Amusingly, Kynan Eng calculated how much it would have cost to actually save his characters in response to a question posed on Quora.
The figures are incredibly high:
- 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
Based on these rough calculations, it would cost over $900 billion dollars to save Damon. At that price it would be tempting, even for a fan, to leave him on Mars. Fortunately, making these Matt Damon movies have only cost around 0.1% of the “real” costs of saving him.