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    Who Does Matt Damon Play In ‘Oppenheimer’? What Happened To The Real Leslie Groves?

    With ‘Oppenheimer‘ all set to make a big opening at the box office, today let’s take a closer look at what role Matt Damon plays in the movie. The Christopher Nolan movie is about the detonation of the first atomic bomb and the father of atom bombs, J. Robert Oppenheimer. 

    The movie is one of the most awaited movies of 2023. And it has a big ensemble cast including Cillian Murphy, Robert Drowney Jr, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt and many more. So let’s jump into what role Matt Damon plays in the movie and what happened in real life. 

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    About Leslie Groves, The Man Played By Matt Damon In ‘Oppenheimer’

    Matt Damon as Leslie Groves
    Matt Damon as Leslie Groves

    Apart from Cillian Murphy’s lead as Oppenheimer, Matt Damon plays another very important character in the movie. His character was essential for the success of the Manhattan Project. 

    Damon’s character is titled Leslie “Dick” Groves. Groves worked closely with Oppenheimer for the development of the ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’. He was a lieutenant general in the United States Army. He was titular in getting things done on the side of the military. 

    Although Oppenheimer and Groves were two very different men, he chose the physicist to lead this top-secret project. Groves was the Temporary Brigadier General of the Manhattan Project. His all-encompassing involvement included the scientific and technical aspects of the bombs. He was also in charge of the process development, construction, production, security, and military intelligence of enemy activities. 

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    What Happened To Leslie Groves After The War Ended?

    Leslie Groves

    After World War II ended, Leslie Groves became the chief of the newly formed Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP). However, after Groves realized that his place in the army will never have the same importance ever, he quit the army.

    After quitting the army, Groves became the vice president at an equipment and electronics firm titled Sperry Rand. He stayed with the company until his death in 1970. Groves died of a heart attack on 13 July 1970. Although he was taken to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, he could not be saved and died at the age of 73. 

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    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu is an entertainment author at FirstCuriosity. With prior experience working at various celebrity blogs, she takes pride in being a know-it-all when it comes to pop culture. Being a student of medicine, Grey's Anatomy is Nilova's 'comfort watch'. A massive fan of Robert Downey Jr, whenever she is not reading up on the latest celebrity scoop on Instagram and Twitter, Nilova's busy buring her head in storybooks, playing with her pet cats or bingeing on the latest Netflix release.

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