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    In recent months, he has had his hotel paid for by Sony; he has no car; his clothes are loaners.

    ‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke

    MOVIES | By  on March 1, 2014 @ 1:56 pmFollow @josephkapsch
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    Abdi tells the New Yorker he earned $65,000 for $55 million film

    Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.

    Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film’s signature line: “I’m the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself.

    “When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,” reads the article. “Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Miinneapolis, who shuttles him around for free. After the Oscars, he plans to move to LA. His roommate will be Faysal Ahmed, the big guy, who now has an agent too.”

    Also read: ‘Captain Phillips’ Review: Taut Suspense, Iffy Racial Politics, Unfussy Tom Hanks (Video)

    Abdi earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. And even with an Oscar nomination, there’s no guarantee of his future earning potential as an actor. Abdi already won a BAFTA for best supporting actor, and is now reading scripts in search of his next role.

    Also read: ‘Captain Phillips’ Director Paul Greengrass Explains Why the Closing Scene With Tom Hanks Was So Authentic

    After the Oscars, Abdi plans to move to L.A. and live with fellow “Captain Phillips” actor Faysal Ahmed.

    Still, his life is better than it might have been. The 28-year-old was six when war broke out in Somalia, and rape and killing suddenly became common. His mother evacuated the family, first to be with Abdi’s father in Yemen, where he was teaching math. Eventually they settled in Minneapolis in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, home to many Somalis.

    Also read: Jonah Hill Took $60,000 ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Payday Just to Work With Martin Scorsese

    He was working for the limo company when he saw an announcement that a film was looking for actors to play Somali pirates.

    After filming “Captain Phillips,” he went to work at his brother’s mobile phone store in Minneapolis. But he decided to quit when the film premiered.

    “How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad,” he told the New Yorker’s Dana Goodyear. “Either way, I cannot be working here

     

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    Riley
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    That is kind of weird, but he will be fine.  He may not win another BAFTA, but he can surely get roles for a while now.

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    Very unfortunate to hear he’s broke… but I can’t help but just feel happy for him, where he is now is so much better than before. Of course it’s no certainty he’ll continue to find great work, but the fact of the matter is he’s an Oscar nominated actor now. If that’s not a resume booster I don’t know what is. So he has no money now, and maybe he won’t become a star. But he should be able to sustain himself now, much more so than as a limo driver.

    It’s kind of strange that the Abdi buzz never really picked up. Jared Leto’s sweep of everything this year might be this season’s biggest head scratcher. Yeah, he was great, yeah it was a deserving performance. But it wasn’t an undeniable performance ala Blanchett. Just strange.

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    Scottferguson
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    Dr Haing S Nor (sp) never managed to turn his supporting win into a career – he got some roles but mostly in low budget movies before his untimely death (he was murdered).

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    babypook
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    Yes I saw what he says was his salary for the part. (i double-checked to make sure it wasnt directed by Danny Boyle). He’s Oscar nominated now. I hope he can turn that into a long-term, lucrative career.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Very sad to hear about this. You’d think with all the publicity he’s doing for the film they’d have set him up nicer than this.

    Hopefully the payoff of the Oscar nomination will help him. He may not be able to write his own ticket, per se, but it’s certainly enough notoriety to put together some more film/TV roles.

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    Jonah Hill just got 60k for TWoWS? That’s mighty greedy of Scorsese me thinks.

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    Riley
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    Yeah, $100 million budget, but none for you, second lead!

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Shame to hear this. I hope I will see him on other roles in the future. He was just so wonderful in Captain Phillips. Maybe, he’ll just be recognized in that one role for the rest of his life.

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    Dr Haing S Nor (sp) never managed to turn his supporting win into a career – he got some roles but mostly in low budget movies before his untimely death (he was murdered).

    He seemed to have a steady career, though, not big roles in big movies but he did about a movie a year before his death. Also, he was a doctor and wrote a book during that time frame, so he wasn’t even focusing soley on acting. So there’s hope for Abdi yet. Like I said before, better than a limo driver.

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    Very sad to hear about this. You’d think with all the publicity he’s doing for the film they’d have set him up nicer than this.

    Hopefully the payoff of the Oscar nomination will help him. He may not be able to write his own ticket, per se, but it’s certainly enough notoriety to put together some more film/TV roles.

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    Tye-Grr
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    Wow, that’s sad. But still… Look where he is now. I feel for him being broke, but he has a chance to really make a go of this. And he’s excellent in ‘Captain Phillips’ and deserves all of these accolades and the attention he’s getting. I sincerely hope he can make a real career of it.

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    Jonah Hill just got 60k for TWoWS? That’s mighty greedy of Scorsese me thinks.

    Nothing to do with Scorsese. He was just a hired hand on the movie, didn’t produce it. 

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    [quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]Very sad to hear about this. You’d think with all the publicity he’s doing for the film they’d have set him up nicer than this.

    Hopefully the payoff of the Oscar nomination will help him. He may not be able to write his own ticket, per se, but it’s certainly enough notoriety to put together some more film/TV roles.

    Daniel you might shun me for asking this – but what does 742 indicate with Ebert and Siskel?  [/quote]

    SHUNNED!

    Haha, just kidding. “742” was my username for years on the old Gold Derby message board. Since this one started up in 2010 or 2011 I registered with my real name, but wanted to keep the “742” moniker alive in my siggie.

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    Jason Travis
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    ^That’s still low for someone like Jonah Hill, don’t you think? I would assume he would have been in the high six figure range.

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