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Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Reportedly 'Broke'



"Captain Phillips" star Barkhad Abdi was on top of the world Sunday at the Oscars. Working the red carpet, doing interviews and mingling with Hollywood's biggest stars.

But now that the lights have faded, it's back to reality for the Hollywood newcomer who is reportedly broke. Abdi earned $65,000 for his role in Captain Phillips but he was given that money two years ago and has since spent it all.

According to the New Yorker, which broke the story, "When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners."

After he finished working on the film, Abdi started working at a mobile phone store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the movie premiered he packed his bags and moved to L.A.

Captain Phillips had a $55 million budget and has since grossed $107 million domestically and $217 million worldwide, but Abdi reportedly hasn't seen any bonuses or extra paychecks despite the film's success.

And while a writer for Indie Wire acknowledges $65,000 for an actor's first gig is fair, he also adds the New Yorker article may be just what the doctor ordered for the Somali actor.

"Sometimes, when a studio is embarrassed by negative PR like this ... it tries to correct things. So it's very possible that Sony Pictures will give Abdi a huge financial bonus in reaction to the New Yorker article, which would be fair and very well deserved."

Also according to the Hollywood Reporter, Abdi has been cast in a new movie called, "The Place That Hits The Sun" about a South African Marathon runner who develops an unlikely friendship with a local bar owner.

So, it might not be long before he cashes in another big paycheck. Though Abdi didn't take home an Oscar, he did manage to grab a BAFTA award for his "Captain Phillips" role and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild award.

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governorcf March 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

Give the man some money. Come on.
Loaner clothes etc...this isn't right.
He fit the role to a tee, and deserves some kick back
For its success.

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fufu1951 governorcf March 05 2014 at 12:22 PM

Loaner clothes.....haha ...look good while you make the industry look good, after that kick rocks...so unfair

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web940 March 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

We are not here to be slaves to corporations if they made that much money on the movie what is wrong with paying the person who helped them make that money instead of taking advantage of people. Everyone's lives and time is worth just as much as the next person.

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Blanche web940 March 05 2014 at 12:28 PM

Going by that logic...why do corporate executive make 100,000s of thousands of dollars a year when their workers make minimum wage? He got what he was contracted for. He doesn't deserve any more just because the movie was successful.

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oceanthyme3 March 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

They need to pay it forward BIG time to this fine actor. He was amazing!

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David March 05 2014 at 12:19 PM

Best of luck

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rtecoaching March 05 2014 at 12:19 PM

Should have had a better agent or lawyer advise him.

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queencelt rtecoaching March 05 2014 at 12:22 PM

I agree, but maybe he couldn't afford an agent or lawyer.

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The Boss March 05 2014 at 12:23 PM

That's about half of what Captain Phillips offered him to get the hell off his ship! Sounds like he is still looking for the ransom! LOL Throw the kid some money....he did an awesome job on the movie

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mzeunerm March 05 2014 at 12:24 PM

many big time celebrities go broke for poor choices and inability to manage their money. he will learn. he has a brilliant future ahead. when i saw him in captain phillips i thought his acting was oscar worthy. so impressed with him.

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ferrariqx mzeunerm March 05 2014 at 12:30 PM

Many? Or some? For everyone "celebrity" that you can name that has had financial troubles, I can name 100 that haven't. My guess is that mismanagement of new found wealth among celebrities is probably no different than it is for anyone.

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mike.henken mzeunerm June 26 2014 at 12:31 PM

You understand he was only paid 65k, right? That is hardly enough for 2 years. I go through that in half a year...

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Peach March 05 2014 at 12:24 PM

I understand the studios have to make money to survive; but if you consider how much the top actors are made, pluse the producers, writers, attorneys, etc. I think that someone who is nominated for an award should be automatically assured some type of bonus. I can't imagine that the studio couldn't afford a bonus check of at least 100,000K to him.

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hannarose39 March 05 2014 at 12:25 PM

Most definitely a sad thing. The entire movie was about his character and Phillips. His performance was brilliant. If he doesn't receive a bonus..he at least deserves a some good interview money.
Hoping that he finds more work.

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Humper March 05 2014 at 12:25 PM

Well first off, I've said it a million times...there is not one big name star, TV personality, comedian, sports player, etc...that should get paid more than a $1,000,000 a year. Really lets be sensible, most actors are just ordinary people, that got a lucky break...some are better than others...but come on folks...these smug folks that make millions on a single movie, that's a sin. In counter to this, this actor got $65,000 for one movie...after taxes he probably had $45,000 for 2 years. Those claiming how could he be broke...really, you are unbelievable, that's really nothing in today's world. He was an unknown, and at that time I am certain he probably would have signed for just about anything...but now you would think about the movies success, perhaps a bonus of sorts is in order. How many of you so called conservatives don't think you deserve a bonus, and take it as well.

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kcaron1504 Humper March 05 2014 at 12:28 PM

You would turn down that kind of cash ??

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