Faysal Ahmed and Barkhad Abdi at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.This awards season, Hollywood witnessed one particularly inspiring Cinderella story when Barkhad Abdi, a Somali-American limo driver and mobile-phone salesman, earned an Academy Award nomination for his first-ever film role, as a ship hijacker and pirate leader in Captain Phillips, a film based on real events. (He even earned a monologue shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres this past Sunday.) Although the actor's coming-out has been particularly incredible, the New Yorker reports, via a recent profile, that Abdi is still struggling to make ends meet after earning only $65,000 for his nominated supporting role opposite Tom Hanks.
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Abdi tells the New Yorker that after wrapping production on the Paul Greengrass film, he returned to his job as a cell phone salesman at a mall in Minneapolis before ultimately deciding to quit on the film's premiere date. "How I thought about it was like, 'When the movie came out, reviews are eitherRead More »from Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi is Broke