Breakout star and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi is attending all the awards shows, but has no money to show for it. Via Yahoo:
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. Thetown 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.”
If you start opposite Tom Hanks in a movie I think you’d be making bank, right? I mean, Wilson the volleyball made nothing. But Wilson is also volleyball. How much did Abdi make?
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.
If he wins the Oscar, he can just pawn that. He was pretty good in Captain Phillips, but good God did it take forever for them to shoot those pirates. Just shoot them! Are they shooting them yet?!