A I’m not a producer. I’m a sea captain and I hate when people come onto my ship telling me what to do, so … I don’t know about that. I think some of the home-life connection would have been good, but it would have interfered with what the director was doing. He boiled it down, man-in-peril-on-the-sea and did a good job.
Q Does the movie make you second-guess anything you did?
A No, not at all.
Q Was there anything in your training that prepared you for what you went through?
A Oh yeah, in all our trainings, even if it had nothing to do with security and piracy.
Q Was that moment, when you wrote a note to your wife because you thought these pirates were going to kill you, the only time you have ever thought you were looking at death?
A I really didn’t write. There was no pencil and paper in the lifeboat. I did it in my mind. There’ve been a few other times there was a thought, but nothing that was as close as this.
Q Was it a blow to your body or head that hurt more?
A It was my head because I was being hit by the pistol. I was bleeding. As I say in my book, my sister hits harder than them. It wasn’t really that bad.
Q Did you ever imagine Minnesota Somalis would be cast in the pirate roles?
A It was a strange irony where they got them. And they did a great job. They weren’t actors. Barkhad Abdi especially should get some [nominations]. [And Abdi did.]
Q Would you consider the meals served on the ship fine dining?