TheWrap: ‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke

Source: TheWrap

Barkhad Abdi was in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.

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. 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.”

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.

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  • Ras Vicky

    so sad,,Abdi is already broke??/

    • refslady

      He made $65,000 2 years ago and part of that probably went to his agent. It isn’t as if he made millions and squandered it. I hope he finds another role soon.

      • Steve Danka

        Tom Hanks will no doubt pay for his dental work…..Tom has a soft heart a lots of millions ….

    • Randall Lind

      $65k isn’t much

    • WorldlyOne

      66k recieved 2 yrs ago…living in LA…very expensive city..may have to pay a agent…yeh I can believe he’s struggling..its a tough business…all that glitters is not gold.

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    • Sniggih Smalls

      People do care muthafucka.. I can’t say I been broke like that but being around the industry these people are users.

    • RK

      People with a heart. Obviously you aren’t one of those people.

  • TheBlacks

    Where’s Tyler Perry when you need him ?

  • Mike Mc Millian

    Now,he might have to go back to Somalia and really start hijacking ships….

  • Charles

    Barkhad Abdi will receive more acting roles, this is not his end just his beginning.

  • CC

    That is really sad, but that is the world we live in…one day you are getting praise and the next you aren’t even a factor!!