Actor Matt Damon took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to another level by dousing himself with toilet water in order to raise awareness about the lack of clean water available for millions across the globe.
Damon, who was nominated by long-time buddy Ben Affleck and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, was initially conflicted over participating in the viral sensation.
“[The challenge] posed kind of a problem for me, not only because there is a drought here in California but also I co-founded Water.org and we envision a day when everybody has access to clean drinking water…so putting a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy,” Damon said in a YouTube video that was posted on Aug. 25 by the organization.
The solution? Collecting toilet water from various toilets around his house. Citing that even his wife thought the act was “really disgusting,” Damon says the water in Western world toilets is actually cleaner than the water that people in developing countries have access to (according to Damon, 2.4 billion people in the world do not have clean water).
Let’s all think about that for a second as we pour buckets of clean water on our heads, and thank Damon for shedding light on not one, but two, important causes.