It may seem like an unusual place for a Hollywood A-lister to spend the lockdown, but Matt Damon is currently spending the travel-restricted period caused by COVID-19 in an attractive Irish village by the sea.
The actor was in Dublin in the first place to shoot scenes for historical drama-thriller, “The Last Duel,” in which he plays protagonist Jean de Carrouges. On March 13, Disney announced that the studio had to delay the Ridley Scott-directed shoot indefinitely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt and his family have remained in Dublin, where people have been ordered to stay at home and are only allowed to go for exercise within 2km of their residences.
The Oscar-winner is staying in the pretty coastal village of Dalkey with his wife Luciana Barroso and four children Alexia, Isabella, Gia and Stella. Dalkey is one of the most exclusive areas of Dublin, and the pretty suburban village by the sea is home to U2’s Bono and music star Enya. Matt is reportedly staying at Ischia, the exclusive home owned by racing star, Eddie Irvine. It’s normally available to rent through Airbnb for €7000 ($7596) per week, and has an outdoor pool, cinema room, snooker and games room, and an oversized hot tub offering views across Dublin Bay.
Locals have been enjoying having the Oscar-winner in their midst, and he was spotted having a pint in Finnegan’s pub prior to the lockdown and jogging around the town.
He enjoyed lunch with his family at The Corner Note Café, where he posed for a photo with owner Mary Caviston. "Matt and his family were very polite, pleasant and lovely-mannered," Mary tells Lonely Planet. "It was a pleasure to serve them."
The star also had a photo taken with owner and executive chef Raouff Djeffal while having a meal in Ouzos steak and seafood restaurant. Aside from that, he has been keeping a fairly low profile, although an image of him emerging from the sea holding a plastic SuperValu supermarket bag, apparently containing his swimming trunks, generated a frisson on local social media.
“The Last Duel,” also stars Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, but Matt appears to be the only one who stayed in Dublin rather than returning to his Brooklyn penthouse once coronavirus measures were announced.