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

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Dude loves to get stranded.

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. 

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. 

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.”

Maybe he should stick to Earth for the time being. 

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

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.