Saving Matt Damon in all those movies cost 5 percent of the US GDP

This Is How Much Money the World Has Spent Saving Matt Damon

Has any A-lister ever spent as much of his career in need of rescue as Matt Damon has? From the time he got saved by Meg Ryan in Courage Under Fire, to the time he got saved by Jessica Chastain in The Martian, Damon's characters are always getting stranded in dangerous situations that often require dramatic effort from his co-stars to overcome. But these efforts have a cost, not just in lives — RIP, all you dudes in Saving Private Ryan — but also in cold, hard dollars. How much has the U.S. government (with some assistance from the private sector) spent saving Matt Damon in all those movies? One Quora user did the math:

My estimates, costs are in 2015 currency:

Courage Under Fire (Gulf War 1 helicopter rescue): $300,000
Saving Private Ryan (WW2 Europe search party): $100,000
Titan AE (Earth evacuation spaceship): $200 billion
Syriana (Middle East private security return flight): $50,000
Green Zone (US Army transport from Middle East): $50,000
Elysium (Space station security deployment and damages): $100 million
Interstellar (Interstellar spaceship): $500 billion
The Martian (Mars mission): $200 billion
TOTAL: $900 billion plus change

Matt Damon through the years:

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Saving Matt Damon in all those movies cost 5 percent of the US GDP
Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Matt Damon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1274 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Matt Damon during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 1, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Matt Damon during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BOSTON, : Oscar winning actor Matt Damon from Cambridge, Massachusetts, signs autographs prior to the Home-Run Derby during the 70th Baseball All-Star Week12 July, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The All-Star will be played 13 July between the American and National Leagues. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
368219 04: Actor Matt Damon stars as Rannulph Junuh in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance, to be distributed domestically by DreamWorks. (Photo by David James/Newsmakers)
385569 20: (NO WHO WEEKLY) FILE PHOTO: Actor Matt Damon attends the world premiere of his new film 'All The Pretty Horses' December 10, 2000 at the Beekman Theater in New York City. A Rhodesian Ridgeback dog who resembles actor Matt Damon 'especially in the eyes' says his owner, participated in an audition for pets that look like celebrities February 15, 2001 at Universal Studios in Burbank, CA. The dog was one of several dozens pets competing for a video spot on 'Animal Planet Live', a new attraction at Universal Studios. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Liaison)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 12: (Publicist approval required for ALL usages) Actor Matt Damon on the set during filming of 'The Bourne Identity' on January 12, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Matt Damon attends the European premiere of 'The Martian' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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That's nearly a trillion dollars: 1/18th of the gross domestic product of the United States, and a quarter of the U.S. government's annual budget. And yet, according to Box Office Mojo, all of Damon's movies, also adjusting for inflation, have only brought in $3.8 billion. Come on, Matt Damon — earn this!

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