In the commercial, which aired during Sunday’s NFL games, Damon strolled down a sci-fi-esque hallway talking about how ‘history is filled with almosts’ as vignettes of history-altering achievements appeared around him.
Damon continued as he walked past explorers sailing the world and climbing Mount Everest, as well as nods to the Wright Brothers’ plane – the first of its kind – and astronauts landing on the moon: ‘With those who almost adventured, who almost achieved but ultimately, for them it proved to be too much.
‘Then, there are others. The ones who embrace the moment and commit. And in these moments of truth, these men and women – these mere mortals, just like you and me – as they peer over the edge, they calm their minds and steel their nerves with four simple words that have been whispered by the intrepid since the time of the Romans: Fortune favors the brave.’
One tweet among the nearly 5,000 that mentioned the actor’s name as he was trending read: ‘Not a big watcher so I had to look to see why Matt Damon is trending and hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha (pause for breath) hahahahahahahahahahahahahah.’
Matt Damon spearheaded a commercial for cryptocurrency likening purchasing Bitcoin to landing on the moon and the actor has been trending on Twitter ever since as people cringe over the comparison
It’s in the last second of the nearly minute-long video, it was revealed that the commercial was actually for Crypto.com, where people can buy NFTs and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have recently grown in popularity and are unique pieces of digital artwork that are sold as part of the Ethereum blockchain, which stores extra information that makes it different than a simple cryptocurrency coin.
However, comparing a one-of-a-kind picture of the Nyan Cat meme, for example – which sold for about $590,000 in an online auction back in February – to a man on the moon has made people cringe, laugh and cry.
Many users tweeted that they felt as if the 51-year-old actor was calling them a p***y for not spending their life savings on crypto, which one person said was ‘pretend computer dog money’.
Others were frustrated that they didn’t realize it was a Crypto.com commercial until the very end. ‘I thought he was going to sell us one of those civilization sim games until the big reveal,’ one tweet read.
‘I kind of wonder how Matt’s agent talked him into this? It must have been a lot of cashola. I’m betting he wasn’t paid in bitcoin,’ the same user wondered.
According to Variety, it’s unclear how much Damon was paid for the starring role but Crypto.com did, in fact, donate $1million to Water.org, a global nonprofit co-founded by Damon that brings safe, clean water to people in need.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, another user called the commercial an insult to Damon’s ‘own cinematic legacy from The Martian,’ where he played an astronaut stranded on Mars who must use his learned survival skills to survive until his crew mates can execute a rescue mission.
Another claimed the cringe-worthy ad was Damon’s attempt to brush an August 2021 scandal under the rug.
Damon said the money he was paid for the commercial all went to to his charity Water.org that attempts to provide clean drinking water in deprived countries.
He previously said: ‘The money that I make for the commercials to promote them, I give 100% of that to Water.org’
In The Martian, Damon played an astronaut stranded on Mars who must use his learned survival skills to survive until his crew mates can execute a rescue mission
One tweet referenced an incident earlier this year when Damon sparked a furious row after admitting that he was using the homophobic slur f****t until ‘just a few months ago’ when his daughter was forced to tell him it was wrong
‘Matt Damon talking about let’s go into the future like didn’t you just stop saying the F word last year,’ referencing earlier this year when the actor sparked a furious row after admitting that he was using the homophobic slur f****t until ‘just a few months ago’ when his daughter was forced to tell him it was wrong.
He admitted that his daughter wrote him a long essay detailing how the word is ‘dangerous’ and homophobic after Damon said it at the dinner table as a ‘joke,’ claiming that it had a different application when he was a kid.
Others on Twitter were more lighthearted, and one man joked that listened to Damon when he said ‘fortune favors the brave,’ and then took out ‘a second mortgage to buy a picture of a cartoon ape, (then) immediately gets divorced’.
Another playfully tweeted that the cartoon ape costs $378,000 and those who buy it are the ‘brave men’ of our history – and later that ‘the cost to respond to this tweet is 1 Bitcoin’.
As of Monday, one Bitcoin is worth $46,467.
What are NFTs?
What is a NFT?
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique digital token encrypted with an artist’s signature and which verifies its ownership and authenticity and is permanently attached to the piece.
NFTs, sometimes pronounced ‘nifties’, are similar to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum in that they live on blockchain networks – a decentralized, distributed ledger that records transactions of digital assets.
But unlike traditional cryptocurrencies, NFTs are non-fungible, meaning that one cannot be exchanged for another. The digital assets have collectors value, and can represent items including still images, GIFs, videos, music and more.
While NFTs have been around for years, their popularity has grown rapidly in recent weeks thanks to a few sales with very high price tags.
What do they look like?
Most NFTs include some kind digital artwork, such as photos, videos, GIFs, and music. Theoretically, anything digital could be turned into a NFT.
An NFT with a one-of-a-kind digital rendition of the Nyan Cat meme (pictured) sold for about $590,000, in an online auction on February 19
A man paid $208,000 for a clip (pictured) of LeBron James dunking through an auction by NBA Top Shot, which mints basketball highlights into NFTs
Where do you buy them?
At the moment, NFTs are most commonly sold in so-called ‘drops,’ which are timed online sales by blockchain-backed marketplaces like Nifty Gateway, Opensea and Rarible. They are also for sale on Crypto.com.
Why would I want to own one?
There’s an array of reasons why someone may want to buy a NFT. For some, the reason may be emotional value, because NFTs are seen as collectors items. For others, they are seen as an investment opportunity similar to cryptocurrencies, because the value could increase.
When were NFTs created?
Writer and podcaster Andrew Steinwold traced the origins of NFTs back to 2012, with the creation of the Colored Coins cryptocurrency. But NFTs didn’t move into the mainstream until five years later, when the blockchain game CryptoKitties began selling virtual cats in 2017.