“The movies are totally f***ing different”: Matt Damon Nearly Committed Career Suicide As He Considered Rejecting ‘The Martian’ After 1 Year Break From Acting

"The movies are totally f***ing different": Matt Damon Nearly Committed Career Suicide As He Considered Rejecting 'The Martian' After 1 Year Break From Acting
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Matt Damon embarked on a remarkable Hollywood journey, capturing audiences with his talent and versatility. From his breakout role in Good Will Hunting, he solidified his status as a sought-after actor. Damon’s commitment to his craft and ability to navigate an evolving industry has cemented his enduring presence in Hollywood.

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

The actor has embraced the role of a dedicated actor ever since his appearances in Courage Under Fire. However, as the film industry undergoes a transformative shift, Damon has encountered challenges in pursuing the projects that truly captivated him.

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Matt Damon Didn’t Have Any Work For A Year

Damon has long reveled in a continuous stream of cinematic engagements that have consistently kept him occupied. It was not unusual in the past to discover Damon starring in multiple films within a single year. However, as the film industry has evolved, studios have increasingly relied on high-budget productions that cater to a wider audience, impacting Damon’s opportunities.

Matt Damon at an event
Matt Damon

During a Hot Ones interview, Matt Damon delved into his theory on how the decline in DVD sales and technological advancements played a pivotal role in enabling this transformation.

“So what happened was the DVD was a huge part of our business, of our revenue stream,” Damon said. “Technology has just made that obsolete, and so the movies that we used to make, you could afford to not make all of your money when it played in the theatre because you knew you had the DVD coming behind the release.”

The decline in DVD sales stood as a contributing factor among several others, prompting studios to lean towards more high-concept films.


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The Martian Marked Matt Damon’s Return To Films

Damon’s quest for the perfect film came to fruition with the 2015 sci-fi masterpiece, The Martian. Portraying an astronaut marooned on Mars, struggling to return home, Damon found himself captivated by the opportunity. He revealed that the realm of truly innovative content had begun to shift towards television, prompting him to seize the chance to be a part of The Martian without hesitation.

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Despite harboring slight reservations due to his prior involvement in a somewhat similar film, Damon’s concerns were assuaged by the director of The Martian.


“So I went into meet [Ridley Scott], and then that was the thing that happened really quickly because I went in to have this meeting [with] him,” Damon recalled. “The first thing I said was, ‘My only hesitation is, I love this script, but I just did Interstellar and I played a dude who like was stranded on a planet by himself, and it might be weird if I take a year and a half off and then play a dude stranded on a planet.’ And I explained the movie to him and he was like, ‘The movies are totally f***ing different.'”

The Martian is available for rent and purchase on Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

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