(PIX11) – There have been several twists to the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Charlie Sheen dumped $10,000 in cash over his head instead of frigid water. Patrick Stewart used a bucket of ice to chill his drink after writing a check. Even former President George W. Bush joined in the friendly competition.
But Matt Damon has taken the challenge meant to raise money for research into ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, to an entirely different level.
The actor dumped a bucket of icy toilet water on his head.
He said California’s drought coupled with his co-founding of Water.org put him in a predicament. His organization’s goal is to expand access to clean water to the 800 million people around the world who don’t have it.
“This is truly toilet water,” he said as he kneeled beside the toilet, scooping water from the bowl. “I’ve been collecting it from various toilets around the house.
“Now, for those of you like my wife who think this is really disgusting, keep in mind that the water in our toilets in the west is actually cleaner than most people in the developing world have access to,” he added.
The 43-year-old forwarded the challenge on to actor George Clooney, U2 frontman Bono and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.