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VIDEO: 'Captain Phillips' Actor Barkhad Abdi Visits TODAY

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Barkhad Abdi, a first-time actor who plays the lead pirate in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS stopped by this monring's TODAY show on NBC to chat about the film. "No offense to Tom Hanks, in some ways, you stole this film," anchor Matt Lauer told Abdi. Check out the appearance below!

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates hits theaters on October 11th.

Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

The film is directed by Oscar nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.

VIDEO: 'Captain Phillips' Actor Barkhad Abdi Visits TODAY

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