Mpls. Somali-American actor in 'Captain Phillips' nominated for SAG award

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man was among those nominated Wednesday morning for a Screen Actors Guild award.

In his first acting role, Barkhad Abdi played the lead pirate who took over a ship in the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

Abdi was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

"I don't know how to thank them," Abdi told the Huffington Post. "It's really an honor. I was not expecting it, honestly, but I'm so happy about it."

In all, four Minneapolis men were cast in the movie as a Somali gang of pirates who board a U.S. container ship and take its skipper hostage.


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