With their new film “Captain Phillips” slated to hit theaters October 11th, Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi scored the cover spot of The Hollywood Reporter”s latest issue.
During their interview with the publication, the actors chatted about the film and revealed details about their time on set.
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Hanks and Mr. Abdi”s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter.
“He is in the creative arts. He records music, and he does all sorts of stuff like installations. He never really explained it to me [during the shoot] because he was so focused on the job at hand.”
On filming with the Somalis:
“It was a very unique experience to be shooting that first take. It was loud and scary and intimidating. I mean, we all looked like fat, middle-ages, lazy white guys. And in came the skinniest, scariest-looking human beings on the planet.”
On shooting the first scene:
“I said, “So what”s the deal” [Paul Greengrass] said, “OK your first rehearsal will be a disaster, and the first time you shoot it will be like everybody”s talking over each other and no one can figure out what”s going on. But then you end up getting at stuff better than you ever would imagine.””
“I was so excited about meeting Tom. Then when we got [to the set], Paul [Greengrass] took us on the side and was like, “OK you guys are not going to see Tom until we do the first scene where you meet in the movie.””
On the Somali civil war:
“It was so peaceful. Then the war happened. I was in the streets, playing around, and we heard shots. And the next day, we woke up and we see people moving towards us and everybody had [guns]. We were suck there in Mogadishu [as gunfire broke out all around]. There were no lights. We would try to go to sleep, guess what kind of gun it was.”
On his first impressions of Hollywood:
“People around me would say, “Oh, they”re going to embarrass Somali people, don”t go.” I was like, “It”s Tom Hanks. I”m going to check it out.” So I went [to one casting call]. There”s a lot of people there. I said, “My name”s Barkhad Abdi. I was born in Mogadishu, and I am the part.”