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(Onion AV Club)   Barkhad Abdi, the breakout star of Captain Phillips, received only $65,000 for his appearance in the film, and the fancy clothes he's been spotted in are all loaners; in short, he's virtually broke despite the film's incredible gross   (avclub.com) divider line 102
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2014-03-05 12:24:29 AM
Did the studio break the contract he signed?  No, then who cares, find another job.
 
2014-03-05 12:25:40 AM
His name sounds Nine-Eleveny, probably has something to do with it.
 
2014-03-05 12:35:18 AM
Too bad he didn't blow that $65k on the dentist.
 
2014-03-05 12:37:16 AM
Ya know... I didn't think that movie was that great
 
2014-03-05 12:43:32 AM
Well, the Oscar nomination should help him find acting work if he does move to LA, and hopefully with a decent agent his future contracts will be better.
 
2014-03-05 12:45:05 AM
And?
 
2014-03-05 12:45:36 AM
Unless you are born starting life off on third base, we all starve on our way to a better gig, whether you  are a software programmer, actor or interior decorator. If he can't parlay this into a better paying gig then maybe he isn't cut out for show biz.
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero.
 
2014-03-05 12:48:46 AM
Look at him. He's has been now.
 
2014-03-05 12:52:22 AM
He could always become a pirate.
 
DB
2014-03-05 12:52:31 AM
Um that's more money than i've seen in a while and i'm not starving.
 
2014-03-05 12:59:38 AM

DB: Um that's more money than i've seen in a while and i'm not starving.


He got they two years ago.

The problem is he has a really unique look. So he's not going to be able to have a broad range of roles available.
 
2014-03-05 01:02:25 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ya know... I didn't think that movie was that great


It was perfectly fine, but it wasn't Oscar material.  They'll probably make a movie about that pilot that landed the plane in the Hudson, but that's not going to be Oscar material, either.  And Paul Greengrass will likely direct it.

Even United 93 didn't get a best picture nod, because it didn't deserve it (also a Greengrass film).
 
2014-03-05 01:04:30 AM
He should've held out for a few million, right?
 
2014-03-05 01:07:00 AM

Darth_Lukecash: DB: Um that's more money than i've seen in a while and i'm not starving.

He got they two years ago.

The problem is he has a really unique look. So he's not going to be able to have a broad range of roles available.


His accent probably won't help, either.
 
2014-03-05 01:07:36 AM

Lsherm: It was perfectly fine, but it wasn't Oscar material.  They'll probably make a movie about that pilot that landed the plane in the Hudson, but that's not going to be Oscar material, either.  And Paul Greengrass will likely direct it.

Even United 93 didn't get a best picture nod, because it didn't deserve it (also a Greengrass film).


Oh, I agree it was an adequate movie and I enjoyed it for the entertainment

/but as you say; not Oscar material
//I think the excessive hype made it a bit of a disappointment in my mind
 
2014-03-05 01:07:48 AM
Maybe him and Kirstin Dunst can do something.
 
2014-03-05 01:08:07 AM
$65K for a complete unknown?  Where do I sign?

But yeah, he's a one-and-done.  Enjoy the ride while it lasts, and then it's back to the taxi in Minneapolis.
 
2014-03-05 01:10:45 AM
I've always wondered how successful someone would be if they tried to include an "outrageous success" clause in their contract. Something along the lines of "You're paying me $60,000 to do this job, but if this book nets more than $10,000,000, I get a 5% cut on everything over that number."

At some point, the publisher/studio/etc. makes back everything they spent on making the product, and everything else is just gravy. I would hate to come up with the next Harry Potter or something and get a paltry sum from it.
 
2014-03-05 01:12:02 AM
TV is likely the route to go here. Something where they can make a first generation African and his family in America work. Somewhere a screenwriter is writing a good part for him- just need to find it and sell it to a studio
 
2014-03-05 01:16:09 AM
Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.
 
2014-03-05 01:17:53 AM
He should audition for the next Pirates of the Caribbean...
 
2014-03-05 01:24:11 AM

Mark Ratner: Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.


Plenty of work out there for ugly people. Case in point -  Lena Dunham has her own television show.
 
2014-03-05 01:37:41 AM

TwistedFark: Mark Ratner: Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.

Plenty of work out there for ugly people. Case in point -  Lena Dunham has her own television show.


I had to google her. Does she have talent? Talent and personality go a long way, and she has a girl next door quality about her.

Same cant be said about this guy though. I'll be surprised if he lands another substantial role. Kinda like the big guy from The Blindside.
 
2014-03-05 01:44:04 AM

TwistedFark: Mark Ratner: Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.

Plenty of work out there for ugly people. Case in point -  Lena Dunham has her own television show.


Maybe he could round up a bunch of his own neurotic, self-involved friends and start his own show.
 
2014-03-05 01:45:00 AM

Mark Ratner: TwistedFark: Mark Ratner: Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.

Plenty of work out there for ugly people. Case in point -  Lena Dunham has her own television show.

I had to google her. Does she have talent? Talent and personality go a long way, and she has a girl next door quality about her.

Same cant be said about this guy though. I'll be surprised if he lands another substantial role. Kinda like the big guy from The Blindside.


She's a pretty crap actress and her writing is basically just a rehash of everything every self-entitled narcissistic young woman has ever pontificated over a "buy 1 get 1 free ladies drink night" at the local college bar for the last 30 years.

What make her relevant is that she is fat and gets naked on t.v. - but she does it ironically, so that makes her hip and brave instead of just fat and naked.
 
2014-03-05 01:46:04 AM

fusillade762: TwistedFark: Mark Ratner: Meh, it happens. Jon Heder only got paid a few grand for Napolean Dynamite. Although, I have a feeling we won't be seeing this guy anytime soon in another movie. He's just too butt ugly...that wasn't make up or fake teeth sadly enough for him.

Plenty of work out there for ugly people. Case in point -  Lena Dunham has her own television show.

Maybe he could round up a bunch of his own neurotic, self-involved friends and start his own show.


Someone should email him and tell him to get his agent to pitch it to TLC.
 
2014-03-05 01:47:12 AM
If that was his contract, than it doesn't matter what the picture made, he was paid what he was promised. I know it seems really sad that a picture that made that much, isn't coughing up more money to it's actors, but hey it's called show business for a reason.
 
2014-03-05 01:49:14 AM
$65K is plenty to live on for two years if you are receiving per diems, being put up in a hotel, and driven everywhere you go. What are his monthly expenses, a cell phone bill? Oh wait...he sells those...probably getting a deal there too.
 
2014-03-05 01:56:29 AM
Maybe if they do a sequel to Captain Phillips 2 where we see him tortured and thrown into Federal prison for 33 years he can ask for a bigger payday.
 
2014-03-05 02:05:29 AM

Fubini: I've always wondered how successful someone would be if they tried to include an "outrageous success" clause in their contract. Something along the lines of "You're paying me $60,000 to do this job, but if this book nets more than $10,000,000, I get a 5% cut on everything over that number."

At some point, the publisher/studio/etc. makes back everything they spent on making the product, and everything else is just gravy. I would hate to come up with the next Harry Potter or something and get a paltry sum from it.



1. Stars are able to do this (and do) because they are reducing their usual $10M+ salary in exchange. A complete unknown can try, but the answer is presumably going to be "haha, no" and possibly "fark off."

2. The studio won't make a profit (Hollywood accounting) so you have to get a piece of the gross.
 
2014-03-05 02:06:24 AM
He got 65-grand for what was what, 2-3 months work? That's not bad.

If he thinks he got a raw deal now, that beef is with his agent. He was paid what he or his reps saw as a fair wage, and it was guaranteed. Even if the movie had bombed, he'd have still gotten paid. There was no risk.

Just enjoy the ride. At the very least, he's probably gotten some great memories.
 
2014-03-05 02:11:13 AM
He should go into gum modelling.
 
2014-03-05 02:19:45 AM

stoli n coke: He got 65-grand for what was what, 2-3 months work? That's not bad.

If he thinks he got a raw deal now, that beef is with his agent. He was paid what he or his reps saw as a fair wage, and it was guaranteed. Even if the movie had bombed, he'd have still gotten paid. There was no risk.

Just enjoy the ride. At the very least, he's probably gotten some great memories.


Actually, from what I've read he isn't really complaining about being broke -- it's everyone else around him who is trying to make him sound desperate. He seems to be working at getting his life together and making something of himself and recognizes this is just part of climbing the ladder to success and he seems extremely grateful for everything the studio has done for him.

It's just the tabloids and reporters who are trying to make him look desperate because he isn't "American" enough and probably doesn't have a clear insight to the American business world since he grew up in Somalia.

But I don't think he considers himself as having been given a raw deal by any stretch of the imagination, nothing I've read gives me that impression except what the 'journalists' are trying to fabricate to suit their narrative.
 
2014-03-05 02:25:27 AM
This isn't an unfair salary for an unknown. Movies couldn't be made if they gave every actor millions of dollars up front. Only a few are able to negotiate those astronomical amounts, but so what? He can live for a couple years off of 2-3 months work, and he'll get SAG health insurance if he wants it. Compared to most other jobs a person could get with no relevant degree or experience, that's not bad. Now he's got a couple years to find another job. TV spots, voice acting in animated things or video games, etc. And he can work another job while he keeps looking for more acting work, if he wants to.That's not a bad deal compared to most jobs. And if he doesn't want to continue acting, then he can take a year of vacation and put the rest into retirement.
 
2014-03-05 02:40:11 AM
Got paid scale to work with Tom Hanks. That fat dork on Wolf of Wall Street took a similar deal to work across from DiCaprio and with Scorsese.

SAG scale is intended to protect actors from becoming interns on camera.
 
2014-03-05 03:14:25 AM
Take a bus to LA, now. Do a segment on ET/OMG Insider. There's a part on NCIS:LA, with your name all over it.
Peter Lorre, Martin Feldman, and Steve Buscemi aren't beautiful, either.
This dude has been through tougher times. He'll be fine.
 
2014-03-05 03:22:13 AM

wildcardjack: Got paid scale to work with Tom Hanks. That fat dork on Wolf of Wall Street took a similar deal to work across from DiCaprio and with Scorsese.

SAG scale is intended to protect actors from becoming interns on camera.



Given his esteem and his advanced age, actors are stepping over themselves just so they could say they worked with Scorsese.

Just like how A-list actors fly down to Texas on their own dime to audition for a Terrence Malick movie that they likely won't make anything on and may get completely cut out of.  It's a big bright spot on the resume to say that you worked with a master.
 
2014-03-05 03:28:26 AM
Make him the next Bond bad guy.
 
2014-03-05 04:02:11 AM
So no points? If that's the case he's getting screwed.
 
2014-03-05 06:17:26 AM
The guy made more for a few weeks work than most people make all year. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?
 
2014-03-05 06:37:07 AM

ReapTheChaos: The guy made more for a few weeks work than most people make all year. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?


I don't think it's the amount he received, but the disparity between the amount he received versus the amount the other people involved in the project received. It's all a matter of perspective. I'd be pretty happy with a 65k month, but I bet Warren Buffet would consider it a disaster, even though it's the same amount of money.
 
2014-03-05 06:58:14 AM
What do you think Hooch is making these days????????
 
2014-03-05 07:27:47 AM
Doesn't surprise me. I'm sure he's not getting a percentage of the gross. I hope he finds more work.

And I realize that he's in an industry where big paydays are common, but $65,000 isn't a bad year for a lot of people. If he's careful with it, he can make it last for a while.
 
2014-03-05 07:31:03 AM
He could be a bad guy and go from there or he can be the before picture in a dentist commercial. With his look and his accent he is limited on the roles hollywood will give him. Seems like a good enough guy though. I woulda been a pirate for $65k
 
2014-03-05 07:32:31 AM
Interesting trivia: if you Travoltify Barkhad Abdi, you get "Barkhad Abdi"
 
2014-03-05 07:39:03 AM

Mark Ratner: I had to google her. Does she have talent?


Better. Rich, influential parents.
 
2014-03-05 07:44:21 AM

Fubini: I've always wondered how successful someone would be if they tried to include an "outrageous success" clause in their contract. Something along the lines of "You're paying me $60,000 to do this job, but if this book nets more than $10,000,000, I get a 5% cut on everything over that number."

At some point, the publisher/studio/etc. makes back everything they spent on making the product, and everything else is just gravy. I would hate to come up with the next Harry Potter or something and get a paltry sum from it.


Whoever did that would never see a dime thanks to Hollywood Accountingtm
 
2014-03-05 07:50:25 AM

Lsherm: Darth_Lukecash: DB: Um that's more money than i've seen in a while and i'm not starving.

He got they two years ago.

The problem is he has a really unique look. So he's not going to be able to have a broad range of roles available.

His accent probably won't help, either.


Arnold faced the same prejudice. Weird name, funny accent. And look at him now.
 
2014-03-05 07:52:49 AM
The Kevin James thread in the comments on that page are comedy gold.
 
2014-03-05 07:55:21 AM
Could be worse, he could've been that kid from Slumdog Millionaire whose dad tried to sell him for less than that after the movie.
 
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