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Matt Damon Is Really Leaning into His Unflattering Persona, Isn't He?

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 3, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 3, 2022 |


Let me just preface this by saying that I finally watched The Last Duel over the weekend, and honestly, it may have been my favorite movie of 2021, along with The Harder They Fall. I know that when it was announced — not that long after Matt Damon had said some dumb things about #MeToo — that the idea of a movie about two men dueling over the rape of a woman seemed about as tone-deaf as possible for Damon and Affleck (who co-wrote the movie), but I suspected there would be much more to it than that given the involvement of Jodie Comer and, especially, co-writer Nicole Holofcener. I absolutely loved it. Matt Damon plays a 14th-century controlling, man-splainey douchebag and Ben Affleck plays a preening womanizer (and the comic relief), which is to say: They’re perfectly cast for roles they wrote for themselves (I can only assume that Holofcener wrote Jodie Comer’s role as a direct response to theirs).

Matt Damon appears to be leaning into his douchebag persona these days, recently starring in a commercial for cryptocurrency. And look: I admit that I don’t know a lot about crypto. I mean, I know what it is. I know the basics. But I had no idea how much power it consumed until I saw this thread over the weekend, and while some I asked knew about the amount of power consumed mining crypto, others had no idea. It’s insane:

Crypto mining consumes seven times more power than the entire global operation of Google. It consumes more power than Finland, more power than the state of Washington. I don’t know if it’s true that cryptocurrency wipes out the environmental gains of electric cars, but I also saw that comparison made several times.

Somehow it makes perfect sense that Matt Damon is not only promoting it but comparing it to the moon landing. Good God (and yes, I know this ad is months old, but it’s only now catching fire):

In addition to all the power used to mine crypto, think of all the power used to flood Twitter with jokes at Matt Damon’s expense:

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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