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Incredible journey to stardom for 'Captain Phillips' actor

Incredible Joruney To Stardom For 'Captain Phillips' Actor

Barkhad Abdi is being praised for his villainous role in 'Captain Phillips,' but not everyone knows just how incredible his rise to fame has been.

Abdi was a limo driver when he saw an ad on Minneapolis' local TV news looking for actors. Though he had high hopes, he had no idea that he'd eventually get the role ... and go on to nab Best Supporting Actor nominations for the SAG awards and the Golden Gobes.

All he knew about the movie was that it was a Tom Hanks film. 'To me it was like, I have to try it. If I don't get it, then at least I tried,' Abdi says.

Getting the part was 'surreal,' but he admits he was still incredibly nervous to meet Tom Hanks. The two didn't actually come face-to-face until they shot their very first scene together.

Abdi says Tom Hanks was really there as a mentor, always telling him to believe in himself. 'It was all just amazing,' Abdi exclaims.

His advice is simple: follow your dreams, no matter how lofty they seem.

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Tom January 09 2014 at 6:56 AM

"Movie star" I don't think that by just saying it that it is true. AOL has a habit of trying to pick our elected officials and now "movie stars". Sorry AOL but I had never heard of him. He may be more of a "flash in the pan".

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willedewa January 09 2014 at 10:59 AM

I am surprised that many comments seem to be "profiling" this young man. I am a VERY conservative guy and I must assume this is a hard working young man that got a break. I am happy for him. All I hope is that he does not let Hollywood turn him into what he wasn't before his "stardom'

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Diedrupo willedewa February 28 2014 at 12:43 PM

You're clearly not a conservative because a true conservative would automatically hate this man for being a non-white immigrant who is likely a muslim.

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drrntod Diedrupo February 28 2014 at 1:57 PM

And what does judging people as racist because of their political beliefs make you? Plenty of Hater-aid to go around...

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JERRY January 09 2014 at 11:36 AM

Dreams and hope, in this rapidly changing world is sometimes all we have, but if we believe. And

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LA is Best January 09 2014 at 5:52 AM

As good as his acting was it makes you wonder if he has actually lived the part!

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nam2205 LA is Best January 09 2014 at 10:26 AM

Thats the best way to act. Just live the part. I'm sure that good actors do it.
I don't care what color he is.,,,Congratulations are in order.

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JOSEPH January 09 2014 at 10:05 AM

The movie Captain Philips was probably his first and last movie roll.

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cvanac8550 JOSEPH January 09 2014 at 10:34 AM

Agreed ,Hollywood loves to promote how kind and generous they are to minorities ..meanwhile Hattie McDaniel had to attend the academy awards through the back door. 60 years ago or not.. they are full of themselves....

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blkvending January 09 2014 at 10:06 AM

All black people are actors now!!!!!

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chas and dot January 09 2014 at 10:31 AM

Was he in the little rascals in the early days

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