Explore Talent Reports: “Captain Phillips” Barkhad Abdi Shares His Life-Changing Journey

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Barkhad Abdi, the actor who plays the antagonist in this year’s “Captain Phillips,” recently shared his experiences on making the movie and how it has impacted his life.

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'Captain Phillips' was one of the most well reviewed films of 2013

According to Explore Talent News, Paul Greengass’s “Captain Phillips” was one of the most well reviewed films of 2013. It is a poignant action thriller telling a true story of war, crisis, and adversity. It has received several Oscar nominations. One of those is for actor Barkhad Abdi, who plays the film’s main antagonist. Abdi was able to utilize his real life experiences as inspiration for his role.

Barkhad Abdi was recently interviewed and discussed the influence his life had on his performance. In the movie, Abdi portrays a Somali pirate who takes a merchant ship hostage. In actuality, Abdi is from Somalia. He and his family lived through years of civil war until they were able to escape. Abdi was quite candid about his past and expressed his delight and thankfulness that he has made it from such harsh beginnings to a life of film auditions and acting jobs in Hollywood. Though he is now rather famous and has been highly praised for his work in the film, Barkhad remains modest.

“Captain Phillips” recounts the actual events of a commercial ship that was pirated in the Gulf of Aden in 2009. Captain Phillips, the ship’s commander, defied the requests of the pirates and a battle of wills arose between himself (Tom Hanks) and the main pirate (Barkhad Abdi). After a drawn-out and distressing trial, the US Navy rescued the ship.

Abdi’s performance attracted much critical and audience favor. He is considered one of the top contenders for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year.

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