Barkhad Abdi Only Paid $65K for “Captain Phillips” Role

By: Jessica T

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Barkhad Abdi was nominated for an Best Supporting Oscar for his role in “Captain Phillips,” but it was revealed that he was only paid $65,000, the SAG minimum. The film wrapped two years ago, and since he wasn’t a known actor, he had to go back to working at his brother’s mobile phone store in Minneapolis to make ends meet. 

The 28-year-old told The New Yorker, “When the movie came-out, reviews either gonna be good or bad — either way, I cannot be working here.” 

Captain Phillips was praised following its release and Barkhad’s profile was raised, leading to more scripts coming in, which will hopefully lead him to raise his bank account. Although he didn’t win at the Oscars, Abdi won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in London.

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