The Oscars may be Hollywood's most prestigious event, but that doesn't mean that every honoree is enjoying the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. Take Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi, for example, whom The New Yorker asserts is currently broke.
Barkhad earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as Muse, the leader of the Somali pirates the film, which based on the real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009. He did earn $65,000 for the role — but that paycheck came 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 magazine states. "The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners. … 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."
The 28-year-old was born in Somalia and raised in Yemen, and he moved with his family to Minneapolis when he was 14. After wrapping production on Captain Phillips, Barkhad went back to Minneapolis to work at his brother's mobile phone store — but then quit when the film premiered in October.
"How I thought about it was, like, when the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad," he explains. "Either way, I cannot be working here."
Luckily, Barkhad may not be struggling for long — he's reportedly reviewing scripts for future projects.
Source: The New Yorker via E! Online