Oscar-winning millionaire Ben Affleck will live on just $1.50 for (at least) one day next week, all while knowing that he can go back to his regular, multi-million dollar life.
The actor will live on the meager amount for poverty awareness campaign Live Below the Line, the campaign announced on its Facebook page Monday.
Affleck will tweet his experience, as well as what he is eating, on his personal Twitter account. The goal of the campaign is to have celebrities — Sophia Bush, Josh Groban, Hunter Biden and Debi Mazaar will also do the challenge — raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities. Affleck’s fundraising will go toward the charity he founded, Eastern Congo Initiative.
According to Live Below the Line’s website, the purpose of the project is “to give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day — and who have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food.”
While living on less than the cost of a cup of Starbucks coffee for even one day is a noble feat, anyone doing this challenge knows that they will eventually go back to their normal routines.
Affleck’s net worth is $65 million as of 2010, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. He most recently enjoyed critical and commercial success for the movie he co-produced, directed and starred in, “Argo,” which won the Best Picture category at this year’s Academy Awards.
So after Affleck nickel-and-dimes for a day (or maybe more, Live Below the Line did not specify how long he would do the challenge) he then gets to go back to deciding which Mercedes to drive.