Matt Damon is spending coronavirus crisis in small Irish town and the locals are loving it

Matt Damon is quarantining just like the rest of us, but he's not at home. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Matt Damon is quarantining just like the rest of us, but he's not at home. (Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Matt Damon has brought some happiness to residents of the small town of Dalkey, Ireland, during the coronavirus pandemic.

He’s been spotted around town posing for photos for those who ask, taking a jig and even putting his things in a bag from a local grocery store while going for a swim.

The locals find it endlessly amusing.

According to the Daily Mail, the Oscar winner has been passing time in the area since 27 March, when it was locked down due to the health crisis.

Before that, Damon was working there for an upcoming Ridley Scott film, The Last Duel. He’s reportedly in town with his wife Luciana and their four daughters.

Mary Caviston, a server at the Blue Note Cafe, said she was “surprised” to find out she was waiting on Damon, because she didn’t recognise him at first.

Actor Matt Damon, left, and his wife Luciana Barroso pose together at the premiere of the film "Mary Poppins Returns" at the Dolby Theatre, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso at the premiere of the film Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. (Invision/AP)

“He was with his wife and his beautiful children, there were six of them in total, he was the last in and he was wearing a baseball cap, and I did catch the American accent but other than that he was just like any other customer,” Caviston told the newspaper.

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“He had a beautiful family. They were all impeccably mannered, so polite, unassuming just really lovely people.”

No surprise that the internet is already having fun with the idea of Damon, who’s already a meme favourite, just hanging out around town.

Damon has been working during some of his time in quarantine.

Last month, he joined with the other stars of Contagion to film public service announcements urging people to stay home. He and friend Ben Affleck raised $1.75 million in a charity poker game on Saturday in Las Vegas to help Feeding America.