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Somali actor gives ‘Captain Phillips’ a sense of the real

If you go see "Captain Phillips" — and, by the way, you should — you just might find yourself intrigued by the actor who plays the pirate leader, Muse. Barkhad Abdi is a Somali-born guy who was driving a limo in Minneapolis when he and three of his friends won spots in Paul Greengrass' film.

Far more than gimmicky casting, Abdi and his non-trained friends lend "Captain Phillips" just the right sense of authenticity. And authenticity, whether in capturing the story of bravery in "United 93" or of military incompetence in "Bloody Sunday," is Greengrass' specialty.

Click here to read Abdi's story in the Los Angeles Times.