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Anti-Muslim Film

The Man Behind the Movie

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9/17/2012 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nakoula Basseley NakoulaThis is the man whose anti-Muslim movie -- "Innocence of Muslims" -- has triggered a wave of violence in parts of the Muslim world.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula -- who produced the low-budget movie -- is seen here with Anna Gurji, one of the actresses in the film. The photo was shot this year, during production.

Nakoula, who lives in Cerritos, CA., got backing for the movie from hardcore anti-Islam organizations. The flick triggered violence in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in the violence.


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Seems as though you are on the Muslims side on this? Since when is it NOT okay to have freedom of speech? Since when is insulting someone's beliefs a good reason to KILL people??? WTH is wrong with the world???

767 days ago


So are people actually dumb enough to buy that this man's film, on YouTube for months, is the reason for the uprisings? Please, these attacks were all planned just like 9/11. Furthermore, free speech folks. Not to mention that it is okay for the muslims to constantly bash jews and christians, but anyone who says anything about their religion and all hell breaks loose.
I like how TMX prides themselves on showing this man's face.

767 days ago


May I ask are you happy now? Is death to Americans what you were seeking?
Your disrespect and unconscionable actions are not free speech but only an effort to spread hate. I am a Christian American woman in Michigan who wants to apologize to all Muslims worldwide....we pray God of all will heal this terrible tragedy. Forgive the filmmakers profound ignorance he is NOT A CHRISTIAN. He is a monster.

767 days ago


Anyone that still believes that this movie caused the mess overseas, you are a moron. My question to you is, "What do you think the Mid East will think of Obama's movie?" you know the one that he released top secret info about killing Osama. One that sticks it to the Mid East . They are peeved about his DNC rant - Ossama is dead GM is alive. That is what the low life's were chanting as they broke into our embassy. ! Mil Ossama - Obama. Nothing about no sticking movie. But, Obama's movie really ought to piss them off - everybody hold on - Obama isn't finished with us yet.... Obama thinks he's a god damn director bad he couldn't direct his ass out of a whore house.

767 days ago


Gee...ya think that maybe the reason has shown this photo before is that there are a significant number of well, unstable, people who might cause physical harm to this guy? I guess TMZ is exempt from any journalistic or moral responsibilities.

767 days ago

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Hats off to the guy and his freedom of speech without responsibility. All speech is not free. Tell ya what, go into a crowded movie theatre and practice your freedom of speech by yelling "FIRE" and see what happens. Though his film would not legally meet the term "incitement" he had to know that was exactly what it was. I feel bad for the actress because she's messed up because of this but looking at that wig she had on, apparently in the movie, she should have given it a bit more thought. Below low budget methinks. Me also thinks he should be forced to red carpet his film in a few Muslim countries if he's so proud of it.

767 days ago


I would not get into this topic TMfZ

767 days ago


The riots and killing of other human beings is wrong period, regardless of what God you pray to. Why do they seem to place more value of this than they do for human life. SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS LOGIC PLEASE I noticed those those who showed up to riot and kill were wearing western style clothing and using cell phones.

767 days ago


That girl is hot

767 days ago


I they are really killing Americans over a movie on YouTube for months, and I don't believe they are, the movie is right in either case.

767 days ago


They just don't get the freedom of speech thing. That is why the Iraq war was such a mistake. You cannot force democracy on a people. They must find their own way.

767 days ago

northern gypsy    

i agree...this movie is the sole contributer to the violence in the middle in any hidden agenda all is not what is seems !!!

767 days ago


This ******* has the blood of my friend, Navy Seal, Glen A. Doherty, and the others on his hands. Just a worthless sh*t-stirrer. He knew what he was doing. It was like yelling fire in a crowded movie theater. He shouldn't be protected by our tax dollars. Let the ultra-right winged money man protect him.

767 days ago


He is an American. People who live in tightly controlled countries do not understand American freedom of speech.
They think the government allows or even sanctions such insulting works.

767 days ago


To every active or fallen soldier that won't make it home, thank you.

767 days ago
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