Captain Phillips Star Barkhad Abdi Is Reportedly Broke

rs_634x1024-140302154438-634.Barkhad-Abdi-Oscars.jl.030214_copyAfter countless award nominations, including one for an Academy Award, many may think that Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi had made it. But the truth of the matter is, the 28-year-old is struggling to stay afloat, according to a New Yorker story.

Abdi, who played Muse, the leader of the group of Somali pirates who take on Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass’ film, earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago.

“When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up,” the report states.

“The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,” reads the article. “Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”

After filming Captain Phillips, he went to work at his brother’s mobile phone store in Minneapolis. But he decided to quit when the film premiered.

“How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad,” he told the New Yorker. “Either way, I cannot be working here.”

Abdi just recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and he is currently reading scripts to find his next movie role.

Ellen DeGeneres Knew Her Selfie Would Crash Twitter

rs_1024x576-140302191349-1024.Oscar-Selfie-Ellen-JLaw-Julia-Brad.jl.030214Ellen DeGeneres is somewhat of a psychic.

After all, the Oscar host correctly predicted that her star-studded selfie—featuring Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie—would temporarily take down Twitter’s servers during Sunday’s Academy Awards.

“I thought it would crash,” DeGeneres told Marc Malkin at the Governors Ball. “But I didn’t know everyone would do it.” The comedienne continued, “What’s funny is that Lupita’s brother is the most prominent. And then Jared came running over to be in it. And Angie got it in. I didn’t expect all that.”

DeGeneres then stopped to chat with American Hustle‘s Cooper, who lost Best Supporting Actor to Leto. “Did you see the picture? It was great!” she told the nominee. “I knew you’d be game to do it.”

The 56-year-old comic then told Cooper that her original plan was to cut Meryl Streep’s head out of the picture. “That was going to be the joke,” she revealed. “But it doesn’t matter. It was just great.”

Before taking off, Cooper asked DeGeneres, “You going to Guy Oseary’s later?” He was referring to Madonna’s annual afterparty at the music mogul’s house. “Yes,” DeGeneres replied. “I can’t wait.”

Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A. Shorts Film Festival

Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s. Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in […]

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