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Barkhad Abdi Eyeing Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' (His Second Booking Since 'Captain Phillips')

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 18, 2014 7:20 PM
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It just occurred to me that, Gabourey Sidibe and Barkhad Abdi - 2 actors who many believed likely wouldn't find much work in Hollywood, after their big screen debut - are, thus far, defying all expectations, and are doing just the opposite.

Sidibe has worked rather consistently on both the big and small screens, since she won acclaim for her starring title role in Precious (she may actually be working even more regularly than a lot of her more so-called *bankable* black actress contemporaries); and Abdi, who picked up an Oscar nomination this year, for his supporting role in Captain Phillips, has already banked one starring role, playing famous South African marathon runner, Willie Mtolo, in an upcoming historical drama centered on his life, and has now joined the cast of another project - Judd Apatow's Trainwreck.

Set up at Universal, plot details are being kept under wraps, with Tilda SwintonVanessa Bayer, John Cena, and Ezra Miller also in talks to join a cast that already includes Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Brie Larson

The former limo driver turned Oscar nominee, Abdi's story, hasn't quite been one of rags-to-riches, despite all the press and accolades he's received for his performance in Captain Phillips.

As Sergio noted in a previous post on Abdi's financial hardships, he was paid $65,000 two years ago for his role in Captain Phillips, which earned him a best supporting actor nomination this season. At the time, he didn't have an agent to even negotiate his salary. He certainly does now though, after revealing his plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue his acting career.

Thus far, with 2 fresh new jobs on the horizon, he's off to an auspicious start, as much of our attention has been on what Lupita Nyong'o (his fellow first time Oscar nominee - and winner - who also made her big screen debut last year), will do next.

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  • Bee | March 20, 2014 1:45 PMReply

    So we all forgot about quinton Aaron from the blind side huh?

  • sergio | March 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    The problem for Aaron is that he simply can't act to save his life. His guest shot on an episode of Law & Order SVU proved that once and for all

  • beemooree | March 19, 2014 7:52 PMReply

    Good for them both. Sometimes a good personality goes along way. Gabby is doing it

  • Lauren | March 19, 2014 3:13 PMReply

    He was solid in Captain Phillips and held his own with Mr Hanks so he deserves the opportunities he's getting for sure.

  • stp | March 19, 2014 3:08 PMReply

    Yes! He'll be able to make more than 60,000!

  • cherokee rose | March 19, 2014 12:45 PMReply

    Congrats to Abdi. There were way too many naysayers on the earlier post willing to write him off because he didn't have leading man looks.

  • Ojie | March 19, 2014 5:38 AMReply

    Good for him. I wish him all the best. I must admit, i was a little scared that casting directors might not know what to do with him maybe because of his looks. But, now that i think of it, he was damn good in Captain Philips. Gabourey has defied all expectations in Hollywood. I guess that at the end of the day, talent really does trump looks.

  • Phred G | March 19, 2014 12:11 PM

    Ayunnnnnnd . . . let us no forget the fantastic Steve Buscemi.

  • KaffeeKlatsch | March 19, 2014 10:03 AM

    Sometimes having a very specific look can help--there aren't many who look like you as competition. Think of people like the late Pete Postlethwaite or F. Murray Abraham...if there is a character look a producer is going for, if you are that look--and can act--you can have a steady career.

  • scripttease | March 19, 2014 1:22 AMReply

    Well good for him. I'm glad he's receiving more acting gigs.

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