Matt Damon has a net worth of $170 million, which is obviously more money than he probably knows what to do with.
But he could have been worth over $400 million, had he accepted James Cameron’s proposal several years ago. In a recent interview, Damon revealed the director originally approached him to star as Jake Sully in Avatar.
In addition to offering him the lead role, he also offered to give him 10% of the movie’s profits.
And when he offered it to me, he goes, ‘Now, listen. I don’t need anybody. I don’t need a name for this, a named actor. If you don’t take this, I’m going to find an unknown actor and give it to him, because the movie doesn’t really need you. But if you take the part, I’ll give you ten per cent of…
As some of you probably know, Avatar went on to make $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office, which means Damon would have received around $250 million.
Damon reportedly turned down the role due to scheduling conflicts with The Bourne Ultimatum film.
I told John Krasinski this story when we were writing Promised Land… he goes, ‘What?’ And he stands up and he starts pacing in the kitchen. He goes, ‘OK. OK. OK. OK. OK.’ He goes, ‘If you had done that movie, nothing in your life would be different. Nothing in your life would be different at all. Except that, right now, we would be having this conversation in space.’
So, yeah. I’ve left more money on the table than any actor actually… So that sucked and that’s still brutal. But my kids are all eating. I’m doing OK.