Oscar Nominee Struggling Financially

Categories // Entertainment Monday, 07 April 2014

barkhad-abdiDespite collecting a BAFTA award and an Academy Award-nomination for his role in “Captain Philips,” starring Tom Hanks, breakout star Barkhad Abdi is flat broke.

According to Forbes, the 29-year-old was paid only $65,000 two years ago for the movie—which grossed more than $217 million worldwide—and these days Abdi is struggling to support himself financially.

The former limousine driver who played lead Somali pirate Muse in the film, Abdi was impressive and convincing in his debut role, but all the buzz has not come with any extra bonuses despite the film’s success.

“I’m not big into buying stuff. I’m a simple guy,” Abdi said.

Sony Pictures – which produced “Captain Phillips” – payed for his hotel accommodations when making public appearances, but Abdi reportedly promoted the film in borrowed clothes and free cab rides from a friend.

Luckily, Abdi has already picked up his second role in Judd Apatow’s next comedy titled “Trainwreck.”

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