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Hollywood actor Matt Damon recalls his scary tour of the Burj al Arab helipad

The American action star described how his fear of heights materialised on his visit to Dubai

Hollywood actor Matt Damon recalls his scary tour of the Burj al Arab helipad
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Hollywood actor Matt Damon is renowned for his action sequences on the big screen but the 44-year-old has described how his fear of heights materialised when he was visiting Dubai.

In an interview this week, Damon – who is father to four children with his wife Luciana Barroso – admitted he couldn’t walk to the edge of the entirely safe helicopter pad attached to the Burj Al Arab when he was given a tour of the iconic Dubai hotel.

Click here to see the video clip of the interview

"We weren’t staying there, this is a 7-star hotel and the only chance we got to go in the Burj. We get up to the top and we go out on the pad and we start walking towards the edge and my wife goes all the way to the edge and I literally froze and went full lizard brain, 10 feet from it," he said on The Late Late Show with James Corden as he recounted the incident, which happened 10 years ago.

"My legs just didn't work and she thought I was joking. I didn't know I was afraid of heights, I had never been up that high. It was safe in the sense that there’s a chain link fence that would catch you. It would catch a helicopter. But I still couldn’t stand on the edge."

The actor is currently promoting his latest movie 'The Martian', in which he plays an astronaut lost on the Red Planet.

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