Matt Damon, the legend Bourne himself, is a multi-awarded American actor, producer, screenwriter, philanthropist, and is considered as one of Hollywood’s smartest actors. Damon made his breakout role in Goodwill Hunting, a movie he wrote and starred with his best friend Ben Affleck. The movies in which he is included are averaging in billions making him one of Forbes most bankable stars of Hollywood. Make sure to read until the end of the article to discover more about this great actor.
Matt Damon’s net worth in 2020 is estimated at around $170 million. This figure is a no-brainer for someone with a bankable status like Damon. He mostly got his earnings around the film industry as an actor and a producer. The biggest of his paychecks came from well-known titles like The Bourne franchise, The Martian, and the Ocean’s franchise. He previously co-founded a movie production called LivePlanet. By 2012. He and Ben Affleck started a new production business, Pearl Street Films, which is rumored to co-produce some well-known upcoming DC Films.
The Miami Beach House
The Mediterranean Revival-style mansion also called the Maravilla, is a 43,000 square-foot property that Damon acquired around 2005 for the total amount of $14.5 million. It includes a 2 bedroom guest house, 170 feet of waterfront, a large pool overlooking the Biscayne Bay, 10 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, and a home theater. The property was sold in 2014 for approximately $15 million to a businessman named Patrick Markert.
The Palisades Mansion
The founder of the Kirkpatrick Architects, Grant Kirkpatrick, designed the said house in the Pacific Palisades. It was described as one of the best estates in the area and Damon got the property for around $15 million last 2012. The house has an earth-zen vibe and is said to have 10 bathrooms, 2 maids rooms, a gymnasium, a large swimming pool, 6 bedrooms, and a garage that can house up to 5 cars. The property is also located along the same street where Ben Affleck and his wife that time, Jennifer Garner, live. He was reportedly selling the property for $20 million.
The Multi-Million Penthouse in Brooklyn
In 2018, Damon broke records in Brooklyn when he took the spot of the highest-paid property in the borough after purchasing a penthouse worth $16.75 million which is located in the former Standish Arms Hotel in Brooklyn Heights. Just this year, they had to close an entire street so a crane can carry their furniture to the top of the building. According to an interview by Page Six to one of the residents: “We call the building the Standoffish because it is a little bit of Hollywood dumped in the middle of the more low-key Brooklyn Heights. The lobby is all gold and marble, and the units have Austrian white oak flooring and Italian Carrara marble slab countertops. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt live there, and [Damon] has a triplex penthouse on the 11th and 12th floors and the roof. It is the highest building in the neighborhood, so it has unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and the bridges.”
Born on October 8, 1970, in Cambridge Massachusetts, Matthew Page Damon is the second son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor in childhood education. Matt has a mixture of different descendants such as English and Scottish from his father and Finnish and Swedish from his mother.
Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was still young and the custody of the brothers was given to Nancy. Nancy was a by-the-book kind of parent to them which resulted in Matt being unable to determine who he is. And during his teenage years, Matt felt that he didn’t belong.
Who is Matt’s Best Friend?
Ben Affleck. Their bromance is something that was molded and strengthened by a couple of decades and currently recognized as one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting friendships. During their childhood years, Matt and Ben only lived 2 blocks away from each other. They finally got the chance to meet at a Little League baseball game from which they realized that they’re both fans of the Red Sox team
Ben got into the acting gigs first while Matt is appearing in smaller roles in his movies. Eventually, Matt approached Ben about his interest in joining the industry. Ben then connected him to his manager and his acting career kicked off. From there, the two had the chance to work side by side with a couple of movies that turned out to be successful too such as the award-winning film Good Will Hunting.
Issues, Gay Rumors and Career
Throughout the years of their friendship where one would have controversies after another, Matt and Ben only proved that they got each other’s back. Also, they’ve dismissed the rumors surrounding their sexuality with Matt saying in a Playboy interview: “I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay – as if being gay were some kind of f***ing disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense. The whole thing was just gross.”
Matt and Ben never really collaborated that much when it comes to making films but whenever the duo is together, it is pretty much safe to say that something good is coming out of it. It’s been almost over 15 years since the duo made a movie together with Jersey Girl and it has been confirmed last year that the pair will be starring again in a film and this time it’ll be directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian and Blade Runner).
How smart is Matt Damon?
160! (Awesome right?!) Based on the recent list Collider posted, he is tied in rankings with other popular names like Quentin Tarantino, Ashton Kutcher, and Conan O’Brien. Despite being a dropout from Harvard, Damon proved to everyone that real knowledge isn’t something measured within the 4 walls of a classroom.
Matt’s history and the Penelope Cruz issue
Matt’s known dating history reaches as far as 1988 with the American surgeon Skylar Satenstein which lasted for a year. From then on, he’s been linked to several other beauties like Minnie Driver, Winona Ryder, and Rhona Mitra. He has also been rumored to his All The Pretty Horses (2000) Spanish co-star Penelope Cruz but the issue had been repeatedly denied by both parties and in an interview made by Oprah Winfrey, Penelope closed out the rumors by saying: “Matt’s a very special man, he’s funny and he’s one of the most generous people I’ve met in my life. He has no defects.”
Who is Matt married to?
Luciana Bozán Barroso. Matt met this gorgeous bartender in South Beach when he was on a break from filming Stuck On You (2003). Interested in their love story? Well, here it goes.
Matt would repeatedly say that it was love at first sight but luckily for Vogue Australia, they got the story directly from the lady herself: “Matt’s story is that he saw me across the room and there was a light on me. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, it was a nightclub, there were lights everywhere!” (Matt’s romanticizing this. Lovely.) Given that he was a known celebrity, people are rushing towards him to get a picture or an autograph. With this kind of disturbance on Matt’s peace (meaning his view towards Luciana), he immediately went to her spot, hid behind Luciana’s bar, and asked if he could get his drink there.
From there, the smooth charisma of Matt took over him and said: “Oh I saw you and I really wanted to talk to you.” Instead of falling straight to the trap, our lady here stood her ground and told him: “You know, if you’re going to be back here, you can’t just be standing there!”. Damon, being our tough guy, accepted the dare, and considering he got trained as a bartender before, Luciana said that “He made me a ton of money in tips that night because of course everyone wanted to go and see him. So it turned into a really fun night and then 15 years later here we are!”.
The Best Buddies on Good Will Hunting
The 1997 film that brought Hollywood’s attention onto its future stars, Ben and Matt, didn’t have a very smooth start, to say the least. The first draft was written by Matt and was intended for a one-act play for a final assessment on a class he’s taking at Harvard University. Most of the parts are removed when it is assessed. After that, he asked Affleck’s assistance to co-write a screenplay with him and the whole script finished in 1994. As per Ben in an interview with Today: “We were unemployed and we weren’t writing the script on a deadline either. Nobody was expecting it, so we were just these two idiots in our basement writing this thing.”
Castle Rock Entertainment bought the rights to the script but demanded to drop the thriller aspect of the film and focus on the relationship between Will and Sean (the therapist played by the late Robin Williams). Matt and Ben stated that they wanted to play the lead roles but many executives wanted a much more popular face like Pitt and DiCaprio. Eventually, CRE placed the script in limbo, then asked Ben and Matt to look for another buyer for the script within 30 days, so that CRE could get the money they initially paid for it back. Otherwise, the ownership of the script will be declared by CRE themselves.
Ben Affleck then decided to approach Kevin Smith with the script, which was his director at Chasing Amy (1997). Smith liked the narrative and forwarded it to Harvey Weinstein at Miramax. Weinstein loved the script, paid Castle Rock for it and allowed Matt and Ben to star in it. The movie was released in 1997, received several huge accolades and the rest is history.
Matt and The Last Duel
Matt and Ben would be reunited once again since their first writing collaboration in Good Will Hunting. The story, which occurred in the 14th Century France, revolves around two best friends in which one of them was accused of raping the wife of the other. To settle the accusations, a duel was scheduled between them, the last duel to be allowed by the country. This movie would also reunite director Ridley Scott and Damon after the two worked together in the well-acclaimed The Martian (2015).
Throughout the decades, Matt proved the world that he would be among the greatest. A natural talent which gifts are too extraordinary not to be seen by the whole world. A humanitarian who never turned his back on the people. A loving husband to his wife. Matt Damon ladies and gentlemen.
To finish this off, check the hilarious video below where Ben sneaks Matt into the Jimmy Kimmel Show:
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