Barkhad Abdi happens to be the BAFTA Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in a movie portraying Somali pirates. He truly and realistically portrays his chosen character in Captain Phillips. The man thanked the director as well as Tom Hanks who was his costar in the movie.
Among the stars he left behind in the quest for Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award were Bradley Cooper and Matt Damon. The odd jobs he did before this marvelous achievement include a stint as a limousine chauffeur, store staff worker and disc jockey.
Barkhad Abdi is a Somali native born citizen who immigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. He had to wait more than a dozen years or so till his film career got underway. His winning of an Academy Award recently set him on the royal road to stardom. The movie Captain Phillips depicts Barkhad as Abduwali Muse.
Barkhad especially thanked Tom Hanks on the BAFTA Awards podium and said that they all started from nowhere and look where they are now. Then he said that the movie’s director Paul Greengrass had believed in him before he had any faith in himself.
The brutally realistic manner in which Barkhad Abdi played a Somali pirate is a job for which he deserves two thumbs up. No one else could have done it the way Barkhad did and that too with class.
His acting chops are clearly visible from the start of the film. And as the scenes progress one after the other one can only sit back and admire Barkhad’s abilities and capabilities.
The portrayal of piracy, and the way it ruins innocent people’s lives who are its victims, couldn’t have been narrated in pictorial form in a better way.
The fact that a Somali American is getting such a top award is proof that there is no place for racism or tokenism in today’s world of greater equality and egalitarianism.