LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- BAFTA-winning
actor Barkhad Abdi told the New Yorker
he's now broke after making $65,000 for his role in "Captain Phillips" two years ago.
The Oscar-nominated film was Abdi's first film role. He had been living in Minneapolis after immigrating there from war-torn Somalia and saw an open call for actors to play Somali pirates in the Tom Hanks flick.
After filming was over, he got a job at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis, where he quit right before "Captain Phillips" came out.
“How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad,” he said. “Either way, I cannot be working here.”
While in Los Angeles promoting the film, the studio puts him up at the Beverly Hilton, he has borrowed clothes and a town car is made available to him for official publicity events.
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