How much would it actually cost to rescue Matt Damon’s movie characters?

Dude loves to get stranded.


Christine Friar


Published Dec 30, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 10:37 am CDT

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Matt Damon movies, it’s don’t agree to go on a mission with him. Dude loves to get stranded. 

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In fact, his characters get stranded so often that Quora user Kynan Eng decided to tally up how much money it would cost to save all of them from their various predicaments. 

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First, he listed the budgets for the films where Damon’s character finds himself in need of a rescue: 

Courage under Fire: $46m
Saving Private Ryan: $70m
Titan AE: $75m
Syriana: $50m
Green Zone: $100m
Elysium: $115m
Interstellar: $165m
The Martian: $108m
TOTAL: $729m

Then, he paired those with the cost of each rescue mission: 

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

That’s a $900 billion tab on a $729 million budget. In other words: “making the Matt Damon movies has cost about 0.1% of the ‘real’ cost to actually send him on all of these business trips.”

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Maybe he should stick to Earth for the time being. 

H/T RadioTimes | Screengrab via 20th Century Fox/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 30, 2015, 4:45 pm CST