Matt Damon, who is in quarantine in Dalkey in Ireland, has revealed that his eldest daughter tested positive for coronavirus in New York City. The actor said that while he and his family have spent lockdown in Ireland, his daughter was battling the virus with her college roommate in the Big Apple.
Matt was talking to an Irish radio station SPIN 1038 on their programme Fully Charged. He added that his daughter is better now and has recovered. The family will reunite later this month, the actor informed.
Interestingly, Matt Damon was the lead actor in the 2011 film, Contagion, which was about the spread of a deadly virus that caused similar pandemic. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and also starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslate and Laurence Fishburne in pivotal roles.
During the interview, Matt Damon revealed that he recently spoke to Scott Burns, the screenwriter of Contagion. He added, “Ten years ago we made a movie just by talking to experts and asking them how will it look and how kind of it go down. It’s upsetting. The whole thing is sad and tragic. I hope something good comes out.Luckily it’s not as lethal as it might have been and so maybe it’s a really good dry run for the big one that might come. Because these things do come along every few decades. So it’s best to be ready for it. Now we understand what to do and we don’t look at people like they are crazy when they say stay at home and wash your hands.”
The Good Will Hunting star arrived in Ireland in early March to work on Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. The actor has since been stuck there with his wife Luciana Barroso and their three younger children.
The family is accompanied by teachers for their children as they had anyway planned to be away for eight weeks before the pandemic struck and lockdown was announced in different parts of the world.
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