Some of the Minnesota Somali actors who made their debut in “Captain Phillips” will appear at a red-carpet screening of the movie in St. Paul.
There is a refrain, almost a mantra shared between the two leads in Paul Greengrass’s (United 93) new docudrama Captain Phillips, which depicts the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. ship to have been seized by pirates in over two centuries.
When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a new Tom Hanks movie, they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean.
A newly discovered actor from Minneapolis is already getting some Oscar buzz, even though his movie hasn’t opened in local theaters yet. Captain Phillips tells the true-life story about a band of Somali pirates who overtook an American cargo ship in 2009.
A rookie actor from the Twin Cities — who is relatively unknown right now — is about to become very famous starting next week.