Tom Hanks movie brings overnight fame...

Tom Hanks movie brings overnight fame to Minneapolis Somal

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Bangkok, Thailand

#1 Oct 5, 2013
Hanks like the odor they emit.

More attention is sure to follow when the film opens Oct. 11.

Interviewed in Chicago on Wednesday, Hanks said he asked Abdi and the three Minneapolis ­residents who play his pirate crew,“Are you guys ready to be the most famous Somalis in America for a while?”

“This is something huge,” said Mohamud Noor, director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, who was present at an open casting call for the movie in November 2011. More than 700 hopefuls crowded the Brian Coyle Community Center in the heavily Somali Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

“There were so many people who wanted to be part of the movie,” Noor said.“It’s a great accomplishment of those young men who were selected to be part of that movie. We know that there’s the piracy issue in Somalia. This brings the reality to light. It’s a true story. If it had been a fictional movie, it might be a little bit different.”

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