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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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31.

Lisa    

Sorry but from what I have heard. The movie is pretty disgusting. If it was done about Jesus, there also would have been mayhem....And I hope the muslims don't mistake Anne Hathaway for Anna Gurji

681 days ago
32.

Tricia    

This movie is NOT the reason for attack on 9/11/12....and if you believe that get your head out of the sand once and for all. Furthermore...I cannot believe how reckless you are to post a picture of this man given the climate of violence taking place. Ever heard of FREEDOM OF SPEECH or are you so far up King Barry's ass that you can't see the forest for the trees. VERY IRRESPONSIBLE of you to use your media influence this way...just like Oprah did when she shoved THE DEVIL in The White House down our throats to get him elected.

681 days ago
33.

Tricia    

This movie is NOT the reason for attack on 9/11/12....and if you believe that get your head out of the sand once and for all. Furthermore...I cannot believe how reckless you are to post a picture of this man given the climate of violence taking place. Ever heard of FREEDOM OF SPEECH or are you so far up King Barry's ass that you can't see the forest for the trees. VERY IRRESPONSIBLE of you to use your media influence this way...just like Oprah did when she shoved THE DEVIL in The White House down our throats to get him elected.

681 days ago
34.

Josh    

ANY ORGANIZATION THAT PUBLISHES THIS MAN'S PHOTO IS COMPLICIT TO MURDER, AND YOU KNOW. THE MAN WAS TRYING TO COVER HIS FACE SO AS NOT TO BE EXECUTED, BUT I GUESS TMZ VALUES MONEY MORE THAN HUMAN LIFE. YOU FILTHY PIGS WILL BURN IN...

681 days ago
35.

Jake    

TMZ continues to echo the obama regime trying to deflect the failure of the obama regime.

Trying to blame those murders on a you tube video is the height of stupidity. The fault lies completely and totally on the hate in the muslim world, after all the rioters have been trained and brainwashed in those Muslim schools teaching hate by rote and rocking back and forth like puppets. They chose September 11th to put on this show of hate, not on the production of an amateur video.

Hate is a disease and it will take a generation to change that and the change has not YET started.

Obama's apology tours and his stupid statements that he could talk to those rabid Muslim leaders into taking a more reasonable path was a precursor of a failure of an American president beyond belief.

This November election will determine the end of the America as we once knew it, free and prosperous lives. It all depends on whether clear thinkers remove Obama this November 4th.

681 days ago
36.

Truth    

It figures that TMZ would be on the muslim psycho's side. Like those animals have to be "triggered" to riot and kill. Please.

681 days ago
37.

self-employed    

Free speech is free speech. Period. Do you at TMZ want the gov. to censor what trash you post?

681 days ago
38.

ME    

This is my picture of Mohammed, I hope you like it.......:>(

The religeon of peace would like to kill me now...and i dont care

681 days ago
39.

ME    

I have not seen the clip that is making all the Allah Snackbar people go crazy like primative cavemen, but i have heard it makes the prophet mohammed look like a savage,murderous, pedophile.....so whats the problem? he did marry an 8 year old child, he did murder others, he was savage. Sounds like an accurate depiction to me.

681 days ago
40.

IceGypsy    

I rem back in the late 80s Salman Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses stirred up a lot of trouble. I was working at a warehouse for Canada Publishing back then, and remember they brought in some pretty heavy security the week the book was released.


It was pretty bad. I rem Khomeini gave the order to assassinate the author. There were protests, murders and bombings.


Sad to think all the violence is in the name of religion.

681 days ago
41.

lease    

THAT IS ANN HATHAWAY IN A WIG

681 days ago
42.

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

I can care less about this guy who made the movie, All I an interested in is the "contents and Facts"????? Will a legitimate Historian agree with his view of Mohammed???? Was he telling the truth about what this man is and was about? Can all he says in the movie be verified???? Every thing about Mohammed that I have read indicates that what this guy says is TRUE!!! So are the Muslims leaders today telling the truth about their leaders life-styles???? Woul;d like to hear from TRUE HISTORIANS!!!

681 days ago
43.

Buckwheat    

Anna? Don't you mean ANNE Hathaway in a red wig? *whoa*

681 days ago
44.

Ali005    

By putting this picture up, TMZ is encouraging more violence. This is journalism at its worst, you should truly be ashamed. People around the world are dying (although its for idiotic reason). Its one thing to exploit a celebrity, its another to put the lives of millions at risk!

681 days ago
45.

Vanessa    

OmG! he's fugly and he should be arrested for hate crime

681 days ago
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