“It made so much sense. Looking back at it, it would have changed the whole dynamic of the movie,” Abdi says. During their first break, Abdi says his first words to Hanks out of character were: “I can’t believe I’m doing a scene with the Forrest Gump guy.”

Abdi hasn’t returned to limo driving; he worked at his brother’s cell phone store in Minneapolis after shooting the movie. Instead of driving a limo, he’ll be riding in one  to this year’s Oscars. Although Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto is considered the frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor category, the nomination is the win for Abdi, who hopes his career doesn’t end with the one role.

“I’m reading scripts now,” Abdi says.

The 2014 Oscars airs at 7 p.m. on CBS on Sunday, March 2. For a full list of nominees, click here.

First Time Actor Barkhad Abdi Heads to Oscars As Nominee for ‘Captain Phillips’  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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