Though he has had a varied career, Matt Damon does seem to have a knack for playing characters who are in need of rescue. He was stuck on distant planets in “The Martian” and “Interstellar,” fleeing or returning to Earth from orbit in “Elysium” and “Titan AE,” forced home from the Middle East in “Syriana” and “Green Zone,” and stuck behind enemy lines in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Courage Under Fire”.
The result of all this is various narratives in which search and rescue parties are often assembled to save him. Who pays for all these rescues? That may not be clear, but analysis group BGR (via CB) have crunched the numbers and put together a list tallying how much these assorted rescues have cost whomever it is that’s footing the bill. The resulting fictional cost? $900 billion. Here’s the breakdown:
Fictional Costs (estimates in 2015 currency)
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
Of course, things like the cost of interstellar spacecraft are pure conjecture. Even so, Hollywood has gotten off cheap as the total production budgets of all eight films comes in at $729 million.