I dont see myself only as a Somali character. I think of myself as an actor, and if the job fits me and I like the story, I will go for it.

— Barkhad Abdi

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I left Somalia when I was seven years old, but I witnessed a whole year in a war.

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I was lucky enough to have parents that took me out from country to country and go to school and learn how to be a better person.

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When I was leaving Yemen to come to America, things were tough.

My dad had just been laid off, and it was a challenge. When I lived in Yemen, I thought America was a perfect place. Everything was bigger and better. I dreamed big. The American dream, you know? You have to work hard for your dream to come true.

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What I believe will make my acting career successful going forward is hard work.

I like to challenge myself. Then it's the people I meet and choosing the projects I want to work on correctly. There's a lot of characters I can play.

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It is weird. A lot of people try to ask me political questions. Im not a politician.

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The line was originally, ‘Captain Phillips, get a load of me: fancy-free on the seven seas,’ but I ad-libbed.

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I just want to keep acting and better my craft and see how far it goes.

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When you work with a great director, you realise you are far from being a director.

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