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Matt Damon hangs with Irish locals after coronavirus lockdown traps him in small town


Matt Damon is making the best out of an unexpected situation (Picture: FilmMagic)

Matt Damon might own a multi-million dollar mansion in Hollywood but at the moment, he’s randomly self-isolating in a quaint Irish town. 

The Good Will Hunting star pretty much got trapped in Ireland last month when the UK and Ireland went into lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, Matt, 49, seems to have missed his chance to fly home to the US in time before flights were grounded so is now spending his days quarantining in the Irish town of Dalkey.

While it may not have the glamour of California, Dalkey does have a beach and is a seaside resort in an affluent area of Dublin. 

Locals first spotted Matt there as early as 13 March before the lockdown went into effect, but he’s been spotted this week taking his daily walks around town. 

One eagle-eyed fan spied the Oscar-winning actor casually taking a swim and tweeted: ‘Matt Damon ( huge fan) in Dalkey with a Supervalue bag made my day. Just speaks to how human we all are. This virus has no selectivity, does not discriminate and affects us all over the world. I hope Matt is enjoying his stay here.’

Matt kindly stopped for photos with fans while dining at Ouzos in Dublin (Picture: Ouzos Dublin)
And another one! (Picture: Ouzos Dublin)

Another local chimed in: ‘Matt Damon going swimming near #Dalkey with his togs in a SuperValuIRL bag – fitting right in!’ 

‘Matt Damon got stuck in Dublin due to the lockdown, and now a few weeks in he looks like your cousin from Monaghan who’s up for de weekend to go to de night club hai bai,’ another local joked. 

One fan simply added in disbelief: ‘Hold on. Is Matt Damon actually in Dalkey with a Super Valu bag.’ 

Matt’s stay in Dalkey isn’t completely random as he was there to shoot his new movie The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott. 

And luckily, it sounds as though he has the company of his family – wife Luciana Barroso and their four children. 

Of course, Matt’s been talk of the town for other reasons in recent weeks. 

The actor starred in the 2011 movie Contagion, which is about a virus outbreak killing millions of people around the world and the parallels to the real-life coronavirus pandemic couldn’t be any closer to home. 

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