Hi, here’s a quick, fun math question: What’s 10 percent of $ 2.847 billion? If you replied “So much money that Matt Damon could have bought one of the islands where they let you chase a guy, for who will stop you, it’s your dang island,” then congratulations: You have passed one very important class in film mathematics, which Matt Damon tragically did not.
Because it turns out that the big bag of cash is Exactly what Damon apparently gave a decade back when James Cameron knocked and asked if he might want to star in a little movie called Avatar– to offer 10 percent of the profits in an attempt to lure the name star to its lucky lil project. But like Damon unveiled at a session in Cannes this weekend, he rejected the role because he engaged in the Jason Bourne films at the time and wanted to make the “moral” choice, ie. – the election where you do not end up getting $ 200 million for your private murder island. “I want to go down in history,” Damon said in his master class at the film festival. “You will never meet an actor who turned down more money.”
To be fair, Damon did not seem to be too bothered by the missed pay day, laughing about it with the audience and recalling telling the same anecdote to his friend John Krasinski, who responded by noting that “Nothing would be different in your life if you had done so Avatar, except that you and I wanted this conversation in the room. “It also meant that Sam Worthington got to play the character of Jake Sully, and although the largely unknown Worthington certainly did not get the same deal that was offered to him, it means that we get the ongoing paradox of the planet’s most successful film with a guy whose face we could not pick out a lineup to save our lives.
About Deadline, Damon also held court on a number of other issues under his panel – apparently in support of Stagnant water, which premieres at the festival. That includes his almost-miss with directing (especially on Manchester by the sea), and what life is like when you hang out with Brad Pitt, one of the few people on the planet who is more ridiculously famous than Matt Damon: “It was absolute madness,” Damon said, describing a trip with Pitt to Monaco Grand Prix. “I was cut off by security and had to say, ‘I’m with Brad!'”