MATT DAMON, Reel and Real have only a word’s mismatch and the analogy hits a different level altogether when predictions in shows come true. Although, we all hope for a buoyant prediction to hit the bull’s eye, it is not always so. After The Simpsons shocking us with predictions of Trump and Siegfried & Roy, another eerie coincidence occurs. Recently, Matt Damon, the Good Will Hunting actor revealed in a Radio Interview that his stepdaughter, Alexis had contracted COVID-19. This invites a theory among fans regarding Damon’s fate being intertwined with 2011 movie, Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, where Matt plays the role of Mitch Emhoff who loses his wife, Beth Emhoff and stepson to an unknown contagious disease and strives to protect his daughter from the death grip of the disease. The unknown disease which is contagious through respiratory droplets and has no vaccine has an uncanny resemblance to our current pathogenic enemy and we can’t help but shudder at the coincidence.
Matt, on 13th May revealed the news from Dalkey, a seaside village in South Dublin, Ireland, where he is currently stuck with his wife Luciana Barroso, and three youngest children who accompanied him to his shoot for The Last Ride directed by Ridley Scott. He explained that, while they were there in Dublin, his 21-year-old stepdaughter was at her school in New York and contracted the disease along with her roommates. All of them have recovered and he said in the interview “We’ve got the three younger ones, and our oldest one, we’ll reunite with her at the end of the month. But everybody’s okay.” The coincidence may have been spooky but the recovery is good news for all of us and we can’t resist a sigh of relief.
Matt Damon expressed a concern over the worldwide pandemic and wished luck to everyone during the tough time where all of us are maintaining social distance. He further added his lockdown in the beautiful village of Dalkey is ethereal, somewhat magical. He praised the people of Dalkey who have been kind and generous to him. On questioning his return, he could not hide his disquietude regarding the USA’s incompetency in conduction COVID-19 tests and said he is concerned about returning to the USA with his family. This time of pandemic is very strenuous for all of us and the least we can do is propagate positivity and pray for the wellbeing of all.