Matt Damon accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge posed to him by Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel last week, but the Oscar-winning actor decided to take it up a notch and use toilet water to complete the viral task.
The 43-year-old accepted the challenge and added an "ew" factor with water from the toilet to highlight his Water.org charity
, which seeks to provide clean and safe water in developing communities throughout Africa, South Asia, and Central America.
"[The challenge] posed kind of a problem for me, not only because there's a drought here in California, but I co-founded Water.org and we envision a day when everybody has access to a clean drink of water," Damon said in a video uploaded to YouTube Monday. "So dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy."
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"We also want to bring adequate sanitation to the 2.4 billion people on planet Earth who don’t have it so I thought a good thing to do to kind of tie those things together would be to take some toilet water ... this is truly toilet water," he continued. "As disgusting as this may seem, hopefully it will highlight the fact that this is a big problem and together we can do something about it."
Damon's Ice Bucket Challenge has drawn more than 1.2 million views as of Wednesday. At the end of his stunt, Damon nominated George Clooney, U2's Bono, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to tackle the challenge next.
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