Barkhad Abdi: 'I'm the Captain Now'

Barkhad Abdi's wild ride to stardom as the Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips"
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Transcript for Barkhad Abdi: 'I'm the Captain Now'
-- -- Has been making major Hollywood ways for his trail as the -- Somali pirates in the film captain Phillips. He is up for an Oscar after being nominated for a Golden Globe and joining us that he -- A first -- -- -- of how this film was mate is the Oscar nominated actor himself -- Steve thanks much for stopping by today they keep so from Somalia to Minneapolis. And quite a journey how did that happen. You know -- -- ally when Ellis. Philly is all those six the war started I was there for a year. -- -- alliance. Austin we managed to escape to -- government -- as a teacher. And we lived there. When those civilians. Started school there I started playing. This -- indicate again and affiliated. We warned that American visa lottery and her. To view is committed to Minnesota -- it. -- service to play -- kid again I mean I think. Very few people were able to relate to the kind of experience that you had -- -- your life changing at the age of seven. Heidi how do you go back and and kind of capture that kind of youth and innocence and fun and play -- excitement. You know those it was all fun until the war this is everything was beautiful. I remember everybody goes -- round I look at delinquent parents learned anything wrong. To someone watching me you know so it's just. -- fed and the environment -- neighborhood until the war. It was just a total different you know they just over nine and kaelin's. You know you have good shots and -- -- -- to the sound of gunshots and machine guns at the age of seven. And we've come outside his dead people into this bullets days and guns and they -- How do you how are your parents think you -- kind of -- YouTube to not -- -- fall into any of that kind of -- did not point to the violence and not be afraid. You know while mom and -- -- just this. In these people in. Siblings and he knows just when you see the bad side. Of the war. They need to when people are so I would -- would take about them that way. -- -- shootings in the neighborhood Minnesota. I don't think that god is. That look I think message that you -- that because obviously you have a gun in your hand almost the entire film grain was that a difficult. Aspect to play. You you know does. The imagination says the kind imagination. -- During the film in look back and you know -- just. Tried to become because even -- that. You know -- I look at him makes a one -- I didn't have. What I had you know just Perez -- give me. See you it was a it was a total separation from obviously from from what you've -- you know and then he moved to Minneapolis. From Somalia to Yemen to Minneapolis. That's gotta be quite a cultural shock here. -- you shock you. That you know there was alliance. -- -- community in Minnesota so you know that helped me. Why is it because I think a lot of people with think that maybe. Theaters like some kind of coastal city and would be able to claim that kind of -- Yeah I know the first so -- the community -- to San Diego and hand. And in movies -- be -- -- quite some time and then they moved to Minnesota. Because of cost of living. You know -- there in Minnesota and in this lighting there. I want to play the Clinton in captain Phillips square and a leg -- -- significance to this particular -- -- is the first time that we we sort of see you come face to face with Tom Hanks. And on screen but it was also the first face to face interaction that you had. Just on sat there. Take -- Computer foul line Duncan bishop broken. No one gets -- You probably -- game. It's the -- broken and we had -- -- let -- Need. Look at -- show. Look at short of the continent. Those -- logic there look at me and I'm the captain now. Get repeated so many times a practice in this since this bill came as -- getting old. -- -- the guns you know kind of would -- this. He's made some people make it feel like we'll view of -- don't -- that. Red dress Hagan is like I've already heard that a couple of times -- -- -- that. CC Tom Hanks for the first time and you know that you've now got to play commanding role against Tom Hanks. It didn't -- read -- was it what was going on inside. -- -- really never -- -- routine that theme was. You know that the same scene that I did daddy -- -- okay. So he goes -- -- you know for me. As -- -- my friends. The pirates. So. Paula just terrible coming up to me and saying you have to on the CEU. Have to be the character. I had no other choice you know -- forget about com and needed characters from the today can he is alive little imagination they can use. To get me there. Did Tom give you any kind of tips acting advice after -- after that initial first thing. -- injuries -- -- -- give me some advice you know most useful there. Who is you know just. -- can she argued that you have me just be confident in myself. And tell me just. Leave everything alone you know working daily basis. So -- the that was different obstacle. We have to overcome yeah yeah. -- actually shoot the film you worker Tom Hanks probably one of the most well recognized leading man in Hollywood and then what what happens to your life. And then. And in the film comes -- yeah. Do you go back to Minneapolis that. You go back to Minneapolis presuming to resume -- this and loaded them come the one that to me -- -- -- working from my brother. -- Wow. You had this amazing experience with Tom Hanks and you go backward is -- your -- -- active militia let me ask you about this that. Maybe a lot of people the interpretation or what they know -- Somalia may come from a movie may come from a book -- do you think Somalia is accurately portrayed. In the media. No. I think. We he mostly the bad parts and those stories. Is -- about the stories. About some way of -- some of the people. Inside the country and outside days. It's a lot about this -- The media don't talk -- Do you still keep in touch with family with friends. No -- really don't they have had admitted that testimony of it. I don't you contact with the idea that -- thought Haitian Luke. What about what about the fact that you've now -- you went back to Minneapolis. -- now gotten any aches and exposure to LA into Hollywood's -- do you wanna continue to pursue them. Yes. Trying to keep -- at ten and I love life thin. An -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And and you're -- red carpets now with people that you had admired and looked up to Israel over the years -- you pinch yourself this has got to be just very surreal experience. It is. -- -- -- It's hard to do you -- Have you gotten used to at night now do you but it is there is -- -- that you almost don't wanna get used to what do you do you -- that you might lose -- of yourself if you do. Get caught up -- You know. Part of it hit me. It's. They're really nice people there really nice people laws -- hardworking people so -- I just one you know. Just keep duel with what I like you -- and desolate gotten this far it's the passion that I have for. So I just went into good -- -- work hard and bill -- -- they seem to. Everything all the all the all the trappings and the distracts us from. And are cut thank you for stopping by -- we will see more -- -- in the future right now you have to Phillips is on dvd Blu-ray thank you so much -- -- success for consumers.

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