“Look at me. Look at me. I am the captain now.”
With that (incredibly, ad-libbed) line, Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, 28, launched his Captain Phillips character, the pirate Muse, into the pantheon of terrifyingly nuanced movie villains.
But more incredible than Abdi’s riveting performance (his first onscreen) is the actor’s story.
Abdi was born in Mogadishu, and was all of 6 years old when Somalia’s civil war broke out in 1991.