Today on Fresh Air Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass talk about their movie Captain Phillips, which tells the story of the cargo ship that was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Greengrass explains the casting process for the pirates:
There’s no Somali acting community in Los Angeles or New York or Chicago so we had go to Minneapolis where the largest Somali community is and what we found there was a very vibrant and rich and stored community, filled with musicians, actors, filmmakers, writers, very very vibrant. So what began as I thought would be a very difficult endeavor became very quickly simple. We had 7 or 800 people turn up for the first casting and very quickly we identified Barkhad Abdi and his three friends, as it turned out.
Above: Faysal Ahmen, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali play Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips.”
still from film via NYpost