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Before “Captain Phillips” Best Supporting Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi was thumbs-upping his way down the red carpet at Sunday’s Academy Awards, the 28-year-old was driving a limo in Minnesota.

While the film had a $55 million production budget, the first-time actor made just $65,000 for his time on the film.

To put the paycheck into perspective, the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) minimum is $60,000 before commissions and taxes for a feature film. Abdi’s fellow Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill took a similar $60,000 paycheck — but also pay cut — just to be able to work with director Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf Of Wall Street.”


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