Source: E online
After countless award nominations, including one for an Oscar, many may think that Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi had made it. But the truth of the matter is, the 28-year-old is struggling to stay afloat, according to a New Yorker story.
Abdi, who played Muse, the leader of the group of Somali pirates who take on Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass‘ film, earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago.
“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 report states.
“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 Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”
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. “Either way, I cannot be working here.”
Abdi just recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and he is currently reading scripts to find his next movie role.