The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t surprise Matt Damon.
The 49-year-old actor told an Ireland radio show that the development of COVID-19 could’ve been predicted given his 2011 film “Contagion” — which centers on a fictional deadly virus that spreads around the world.
“Anybody who says you couldn’t have predicted this, just look at ‘Contagion.’ Ten years ago we made a movie just by talking to experts,” Damon, who was filming in Ireland and has been quarantining there, told SPIN 1038’s “Fully Charged.”
Damon, whose stepdaughter contracted the novel virus, added that he’s been in regular contact with the movie’s screenwriter, Scott Z. Burns, since the outbreak.
His “Contagion” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow referenced the film when she was flying to Europe ahead of Paris Fashion Week in late February.
“En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda?” she captioned the picture of herself wearing a protective mask.
“Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I’ve already been in this movie,” she joked, referencing her role as patient zero in the film. “Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently.”
The flick’s ending reveals Paltrow’s character, Beth, contracted the virus in Hong Kong via a bat that infected a slaughtered pig handled by a chef who later comes into contact with Beth at a casino.
COVID-19 first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan and is believed to have originated from a wet market that sold wildlife for human consumption.
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