“Captain Phillips” actor Barkhad Abdi is in negotiations to join Judd Apatow’s comedy “Trainwreck,” which will star writer Amy Schumer.
Bill Hader and Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”) are also in the film. Red carpet favorite Tilda Swinton may also join, The Wrap reported. Abdi has also been rumored to star in a biopic about the life of Willie Mtolo, the South African marathoner.
When “Captain Phillips” actor Barkhad Abdi walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards, many assumed his was a classic Hollywood rags-to-riches tale.
Abdi was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Captain Phillips.” He was a limo driver before he was cast, through an open call, in the Tom Hanks vehicle based on the true-life story of Captain Richard Phillips and the Somali pirates who hijacked the unarmed Maersk Alabama.
The New Yorker revealed that Abdi, who won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, wasn’t necessarily living the high life after his big screen debut:
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. 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, 28, was paid $65,000 for his part in the $55 million film, which was made in 2012. That’s just slightly more than the Screen Actors Guild minimum of $60,000 for a feature film. After production wrapped, Abdi returned to his home of Minneapolis to work in his brother’s mobile phone store — he couldn’t afford not to.
Abdi was born in Somalia but moved to Minneapolis with his family at the age of 14. When the movie debuted, he decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue a full-time acting career, and that decision may finally be paying off.
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