The Costs of Rescuing Matt Damon

This question can be answered in terms of movie budgets, or estimated fictional costs where Matt Damon has been sent on extended “business trips”. Also how many lives were lost along the way , see detailed estimates below.

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“Courage Under Fire” (1996)

Helicopter rescue: $300,000

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

Search party: $100,000

“Titan A.E.” (2000)

Earth evacution: $200 billion

“Syriana” (2005)

Private evacuation from the Middle East: $50,000

“Green Zone” (2010)

Evacuation from the Middle East: another $50,000

 “Elysium” (2013)

Space station security team: $100 Million

“Interstellar” (2014)

Interstellar time/space travel doesn’t exist yet so this could be conservative: $500 billion

“The Martian” (2015)

Going to Mars hasn’t happened yet: $200 billion

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So, is Matt Damon worth saving?

  • 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.