Does anyone else feel like Matt Damon is basically the coolest dude ever? Between his amazing acting chops (just re-watched ‘The Departed‘ last night, I suggest you do the same), his vocal charge to stand up for teachers, and now his version of the “ice bucket challenge;” I just want to hug this freakin’ guy. [HuffingtonPost]
Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. The award-winning actor wanted to help a good cause, but didn’t want to waste clean water in the process.
So, he did what any good humanitarian would do: He used toilet water instead.
“It posed kind of a problem for me, not only because there’s a drought here in California,” Damon explained in the video, uploaded to the organization’s YouTube channel. “But because I co-founded Water.org, and we envision the day when everybody has access to a clean drink of water — and there are about 800 million people in the world who don’t — and so dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy.”
The actor — who nominated George Clooney, Bono and NFL quarterback Tom Brady to do the challenge next — said swapping clean H2O from the faucet for toilet water seemed fitting for the causes near and dear to his heart, as about 2.4 billion people across the globe still lack access to clean sanitation systems.