The Departed Matt Damon leaves Ireland as filming for The Last Duel wraps
Hollywood superstar Matt Damon was all smiles after he finally left Ireland following two stints this year of living and filming here.
The 50-year-old actor wore a customised mask as he emerged from a chauffeured driven limousine van at Dublin airport today as he and his family boarded a private jet to take them back to their home in Los Angeles.
Matt and his family also had some of their pet dogs with them, which are rescue animals he flew over from America for the duration of his stay here – they own greyhounds and chihuahas.
The star’s PR and manager did not reply to approaches from us for an interview before he left Ireland.
Bostonian Mark has spent the past several weeks in Ireland filming his upcoming movie, The Last Duel.
Among the locations he has spent time filming at have been Cahir castle in Co Tipperary, Bective Abbey in Co Meath, and at Ardmore studios and Nun’s cross in Co Wicklow.
Bourne Identity star Matt recently celebrated his 50th birthday in Ireland, with cast and crew singing ‘happy birthday’ and presenting him with a cake at Bective Abbey, while another small family party was later held at the mansion he was renting in Killiney, south Co Dublin.
Among the wellwishers were his Argentinian actress Luciana Bozan Barossa in 2005, having first met her in 2003 in Miami while filming Stuck On You.
She and their three daughters, ranging in aged from seven to 13, accompanied the star on their departure yesterday from the VIP Platinum Services section of Dublin Airport.
When he arrived back in America he was reunited with his eldest stepdaughter Alexia (20), who is living there and has recovered from the coronavirus.
The Last Duel is a Hollywood blockbuster by Damon and Ben Affleck, being directed by Ridley Scott.
Damon stars in the lead role opposite Adam Driver and Killing Even beauty Jodie Comer, with Ben Affleck in a supporting role.
Matt and his family had been staying in into the stunning Georgian mansion Mount Eagle on Vico road in Killiney – at a cost of nearly €15,000 a week.
Mount Eagle is a three story seafront villa which was built around 1840 on a stunning private site overlooking Killiney Bay and is considered to be one of Dublin’s finest homes, boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Its views and grounds could be mistaken for a premium home on the French Riviera and the property enjoys unparalleled privacy, uninterrupted views over Killiney Bay and acres of exquisite tiered Italianate grounds that comprise formal gardens, a swimming pool, tennis court, lawns and wooded walking trails.
The Hollywood star and his family previously stayed in Ireland in early March and left on May 28, and the actor paid over €1000 a day for his stay at Ischia in Dalkey
But that should be no problem for the Oscar winning actor who’s worth a cool €150 million.
He returned to Ireland at the end of August and spent two weeks in quarantine before filming.
The star decided to go ahead with plans to come to Ireland earlier this year despite a film her had been planning to shoot here being postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Matt arrived just before the first lockdown set in here and managed to pop in to several stores and coffee shops in Dalkey and was famously pictured with a Supervalu bag when he posed for a snap by the sea with fans.
He was accompanied on jogs and strolls by celebrity bodyguard Basil Whelan, who has performed similar duties for various stars, most notably Niall Horan and Westlife. Whelan was again assigned to Matt during his new stay here.
Matt and his family were also guests of Bono and his wife Ali at their nearby mansion in Killiney as the stars are oldtime friends - Mount Eagle is just a stone’s throw away from Bono’s home.
The star also had a live-in chef in his pad in Killiney during his quarantine.
It recently emerged that a crew of about 200 were being housed in the exclusive K Club resort in Co Kildare in while shooting the movie.
Matt has been an occasional visitor to Ireland and has expressed a dream of owning a home on the west coast.
“How awesome would that be,” he raved. “Watching the Atlantic crashing over the Irish cliffs, the rain coming down, the grey skies. I love the weather.”
He previously said the Dalkey area was “one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been”.
“I’m with my whole family, I’ve got my kids and we have teachers with us because we were planning on missing school for about eight weeks,” he told Dublin radio station Spin earlier this year.
“So we’ve got what nobody else has, which is actually live human beings teaching our kids,” he said.
“We feel guilty, like we’ve got this kind of incredible set-up in this place which is, I mean, it’s just absolutely gorgeous.”
He added that he “can’t think of any place you’d rather be in a two-kilometre radius of”, and even compared the southside Dublin suburb to a “fairytale”.