On December 16, 1954, a General Electronic employee, Tracy Hall, made one of the most significant contributions to physical chemistry in recent history by successfully growing a synthetic diamond.
It took him four years of failures, research and hard work to perfect his invention through which GE made billions, but all Hall – the mastermind – pocketed was a $10 Savings Bond.
But what has Captain Phillips got to do with this great scientific injustice of which all know, thanks to Breaking Bad? Well, they say history repeats itself, and in this case, it is. Only this time, Captain Phillips is the synthetic diamond and its villain Barkhad Abdi is Tracy Hall.
Last year's blockbuster movie has so far made more than $217 million at box office and would likely rake in much more in the months to come. But you'd be shocked to know that Abdi – whose acting was the most impressive part of the film – is broke, according to NewYorker.com.
Broke as in he has no money at all.
The Mogadishu-born actor was actually paid just $65,000 plus some nominal daily allowance for the ship-hijacking flick, and that payment too was made over two years ago. Since then, the 28-year-old has had to cope with the expenses that come with being a celebrity in Hollywood.
His financial situation is purportedly so poor that he wears borrowed clothes to media events and relies on the help of his friends to make ends meet.
Hollywood celebrities falling on hard times is nothing new, but in most cases, the fall comes only after a series of highs. They get filthy rich before filing for Chapter 7. That's right, we're talking about you MC Hammer and Lindsay Lohan.
But in Abdi's case, that money phase never came despite the stellar work he did in a massively successful project. He is in the frame for a few new roles, so hopefully these tough times won't last forever for this immensely talented actor.