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Punching Tom Hanks
Filming “Captain Phillips” last year was a drama all its own. Cast and crew members spent nine weeks aboard an actual container ship off the coast of Malta amid broiling sun, unpredictable seas, motion sickness and physical mishaps. The actors steered their tiny pirate skiff through cresting waves, clambered up makeshift ladders to board the maritime ship, and shoved and shouted their way through scenes of confrontation.
During a staged fight with Hanks, Ahmed threw a punch that accidentally connected. The star, ever the professional, remained in character.
While shooting in a cramped, enclosed lifeboat bobbing in turbulent waters, the two-man camera crew vomited on Hanks and his Minnesota co-stars, who kept acting without a pause.
“They had no self-consciousness,” Hanks said, “and out of that came some magnificent reality that couldn’t be gotten any other way.”
For Abdi, the most stressful moment came following the film’s Sept. 27 premiere at the New York Film Festival. His first encounter with typhoon-scale press hubbub was “scary,” he said, “but luckily Tom was there to show me what to do. He’s such a funny guy, he made it all seem easy and natural.”
That may come in handy for Abdi, who plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career.
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