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Captain Phillips Star Barkhad Abdi is reportedly BROKE



Barkhad Abdi - March 2014 - BN Movies & TV - BellaNaija

He may have scored himself an Academy Award nomination for his role in Captain Phillips, but Barkhad Abdi is reportedly struggling to make ends meet.

According to a recent profile published by The New Yorker, the 28-year old Somali-American actor struggled to support himself through out the awards season.

Barkhad who was a former limo driver, was paid $65,000 – a little more than the mandated $60,000 by the Screen Actors Guild – to feature alongside Tom Hanks. The movie made over $218 Million at the box office.

When the movie came out, the studio provided him with a room at a fancy Beverly Hilton hotel as well as clothes and a car for the publicity campaign.

The story alleges that he asked not to stay at a lavish hotel but at a hotel near the Los Angeles airport where a friend can drive him around for free.


  1. wanday

    March 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Eyah. GOD will favour him. He was brilliant in capn phillips. He should have been paid mote.

  2. wanday

    March 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I meant paid more

  3. Miss_Flygerian

    March 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Please, what is $65,000 compared to the $218 million the movie made? That is peanuts na.

  4. Nelly Agbogu'weight loss blog

    March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    it sounds more like he is being realistic ….

  5. wanday

    March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    At least the movie gave him exposure and hopefully he will get other movie roles. Moreover he was nominated for an oscar. That’s great. He should just hold on and by God’s grace he will land a better job

  6. john22

    March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    you are paid your worth then…..maybe later you can make more

  7. some hater

    March 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Men, people take legal advice for granted. this guy im sure could have demanded more. but i guessing since he didnt have this much recognition he could have been passed up for someone else. at least now hes got recognition, he can get other roles and ask for more money.

    • Onye Ara

      March 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      What daft legal advice are you referring to?
      On what basis will he demand for more? Not like anyone knew whether the movie will tank or earn $200+ million. Neither did he have any acting history,so how could he ask for more?

    • Iris

      March 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Nothing can be done here. He signed a contract. He had no acting experience and was a cab driver. And that’s how it works in their industry. Jonah Hill took $60000 for Wolf of Wall Street simply because he wanted to work with Martin Scorsese. They don’t all get paid the same, and to be honest I think he caught a break here.

    • i no send

      March 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      iris i agree with you..people who know ..will agree that his nomination is worth more than 65k


    March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Eh yah.. Lets Start Raising Money For Him… Who’lld Be Incharge Please??

  9. Miss Me

    March 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Bella Naija, please provide full information. For the role, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe Award. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. I believe all those accolades are worth much more than any amount he could have been paid. The future is very bright for this 29 yr old…

  10. AA

    March 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    $65,000 only? Oh well, he should use his experience to get more roles. But the poor guy is going to find it hard, unless he chooses to play terrorist roles for the rest of his life. Then again, maybe not. Djimon Honsou is playing a variety of roles despite his accent. Good luck to him.


    March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Eh yah.. We’ll have to start raising funds for Him… Who’lld Be Incharge Please?? #Save Barkhad Abdi..

  12. Modella

    March 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    He is just 29 yrs old? How much does Lupita earn,and she has so farr wear all the designer stuff..Power of a woman I guess

    • Que

      March 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      You do realise that Lupita doesn’t necessarily pay for all those designer items…..

    • Zinny

      March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Modella you be Ode for using that word power of woman. Don’t you know designers pays celebrity for wearing their cloths? Must everyone do evil to look good or achieve their goals? The poor girl worked her ass off and it’s paying her. Be nice to others your opinion is evil.

  13. Esquiress

    March 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    How can you compare Lupita’s role to his?
    Plus you know designers give their clothes to “celebrities” for free for publicity purposes

  14. iyke

    March 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Great men are forged in fire, it is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame. And even if that flame lights the fuse that burns down worlds, it will always be a decision that has to be made, for the sake of the rest of the universe.
    Barkhad Abdi, You are not standing still…You are standing tall…and you are still here…that’s the difference.

  15. Zinny

    March 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Modela you be Ode for using that word power of woman. Don’t you know designers pays celebrity for wearing their cloths?

  16. @edDREAMZ

    March 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    His luck no shine like lupita nyong’o…

  17. Wale

    March 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Kai, this guy is not smart at all. He should have gone with the experience of staying
    at the Beverly Hills hotel, the wardrobe and the car/driver so when he goes back to work driving his limo he will have stories to share with his customers and increase his patronage. He would have a made a good husband for so go mu Gumsu. Ode.

  18. no heart to hate

    March 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm


  19. OGO

    March 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    This guy just needs to work on his teeth biko!! Hian…

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