"“We get used to outrageous Russian behavior and we come to accept that as normal and we end up tolerating it,” Wilson said. “We had plenty of warnings in 2008 that Russia would provoke a confrontation with Georgia and end up invading, but we still didn’t think he’d actually do it.” Those warnings included many of the same kinds of things the world was seeing in the run up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, such as the distribution of passports to ethnic Russians and statements about Moscow’s interests within its “near abroad” or those former Soviet Republics that largely gained independence in 1991 after the break up of the communist empire."
Even though Abdi played a crucial role — and ad-libbed the biggest line in the film, “Look at me, I’m the captain now” — he was compensated two years ago with only the SAG minimum: $65,000. The film then went on to gross $55 million worldwide, earning Hanks a multi-million paycheck.
Of course, it makes little sense to compare the salary of a complete industry unknown with that of one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Abdi was playing an important, but ultimately replaceable role; Hanks had the weight of the movie on his shoulders. But even as critical raves and award buzz followed, the studio did little to change its treatment of Abdi.
After Abdi finished the film, he had to wait until it was released and reviewed. In the meantime, he could not find any more acting opportunities in Hollywood and had to return home to work at his brother’s phone shop. “I had made up my mind that I wanted to be an actor but there were no jobs for me at the time because I didn’t have any other experience and the film wasn’t out so I decided to work with my brother rather than stay at home,” Abdi told the BBC.
"But hold up—in that [McConaughey’s] whole complicated bag of rhetorical tricks, nary a shoutout to Ron Woodroof, the AIDS patient and eventual activist he played in Dallas Buyers Club? Nor a word for the countless others, gay, straight, and transgender, who’ve been lost and continue to be lost to that terrible epidemic? And he’s accepting this highly visible prize for a movie that specifically and repeatedly thematizes the struggle of Reagan-era AIDS patients to get an indifferent straight establishment to recognize their existence? Matthew, I know your mama raised you better than that."