It hasn’t been a great week for former Minneapolis cab driver turned movie star Barkhad Abdi. First he lost the Academy Award, and now a new report says Abdi is “dead broke.” According to the New Yorker, Abdi only made $65,000 from his role as the Somali pirate leader in “Captain Phillips.”
Barkhad Abdi, the Somali immigrant who was a Twin Cities limo driver before playing a pirate in “Captain Phillips,” won an award at the British Academy Awards over the weekend. Abdi was named best supporting actor, edging Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave” and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle.”
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A Somali actor from Minnesota who made his acting debut in the Tom Hanks’ movie “Captain Phillips” has received a Golden Globes supporting actor nomination. Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota portray pirates who hijack an American cargo ship.
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.
The nominations were announced Tuesday in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Sutton Foster and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.
A surprisingly large number of comedians call Minnesota their home.
How often can you say that an “A” for effort is attached to an “F” for achievement? Cloud Atlas comes close enough to earning both those marks to incite genuine awe. If this isn’t my favorite terrible movie of the year, may Tom Hanks toss me from a balcony window.
A few quick notes on the movies I covered in my Friday movie segment this week.
Sony Pictures is seeking Somalis in Minneapolis to appear in a new Tom Hanks movie, “Capt. Phillips.”
Tom Hanks joined David Letterman last night. Check out a few of the clips of the interview. Tom talks about Ron Howard.