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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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46.

Mark    

I have seen porn's with better production value.

675 days ago
47.

Kiko    

Harvey Levin is trying to incite riots in Cerritos where he was once totally ignored by like the cutest Starbucks coffee barista ever one time.

675 days ago
48.

verlinda    

To think, there was a time Americans fought for Our GOD. We put Him in our homes, schools, churches and every part of our lives. We fought England for our right to worship. Then we took HIm out our homes, schools. The only time we worship GOD is when its printed on Money.

675 days ago
49.

soandso111    

This is exactly what's wrong with the world. WHY DO YOU CARE??? Someone calls you fat, ugly, stupid, "n-word", b*tch, a sl*t, whatever.... YOU choose to give those words their power. What the hell do you care what someone else thinks of you?? SO WHAT. Get over it. If everyone would stop getting so damn riled up about every insignificant moment in their lives, maybe we'd be a happier bunch? Also, pretty sure we've seen videos of anti-America muslims burning flags and whatnot, so isn't it a tad hypocritical of them to be outraged by something so stupid as a video on Youtube? So dumb.

675 days ago
50.

Hohan    

Muslims need to chill out a little.

675 days ago
51.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Looks like the guy that sells ice cream out the truck in my hood.

675 days ago
52.

Mabel Leaf    

That clip has OSCAR written all over it!

675 days ago
53.

c    

So why in the hell is this ******* not in jail?? Sorry but this is NOT protected by free speech any more than yelling 'Fire' in a crowded theater is. Intentionally doing something that you know will cause people to be injured and killed is not protected and this guy should be charged with murder.

675 days ago
54.

Flagday53    

There are limits to free speech -- two of them are called slander and libel. While some of the movie and trailer may have had a factual basis, I wonder if Mohammed would have his day in court.

Not an excuse for the violence but there is an EXTREMIST MINORITY over there who are taking over and jamming their version of Islam down the throats of the more moderate majority. And as is the case in this country, the moderate majority just doesn't like to fight. Were millions of people out there rioting? No, just enough to take innocent lives.

Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood which is now elected has to learn to govern. It was so much easier being the radical revolutionaries.

TMZ, I'm not sure that giving the guy's city was necessary. I don't see you publishing other people's addresses.

What I would like you guys to do is either find the original script somewhere or hire a lip reader to read the lips of the duped actors who were reading lines which were later overdubbed. Frankly, I don't know how they didn't know what they were involved in. Hungry for a job I guess. But the overdubs are so obvious. I'd like to see that the innocent actors are shown to be unwilling participants.

It should be all on Bacile and his financiers.

675 days ago
55.

MC GRUNT    

So let’s get this straight: This Well Planned out Attack on our Embassy was due to this film? Do you get your talking points straight from Obama and Hilary themselves? 1st Amendment mean anything to you? Do you even realize that just about everything you post or report on in your little MS-TMZ site would be cause for imprisonment or death in these radical Islamic countries?

675 days ago
56.

MC GRUNT    

"Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas," they chanted.

675 days ago
57.

pat    

Man, if I was ever to bump into this guy on the street, I would punch him right in the head.


And I'm not even pro-muslim. This has nothing to do with free speech. This was released with the intention to whip up fury across the muslim world.


Someone should force him to wear a t-shirt saying Mohamed was a moron and have him parade around Pakistan.

675 days ago
58.

SandyLester    

man makes film
man is rounded up in the middle of the night
"detained" at an unknown location
"detained" for an indeterminate amount of time
"detained" by people wearing brown shirts

675 days ago
59.

buffalobaroness    

If you people are ignorant enough to buy that this film is what caused the multiple, coordinated and well planned attacks in the middle East you better get your head examined. Even the leaders of Lybia, Egypt and Sudan are saying this is retaliation for the killing of their leader! It started on 9/11, c'mon pull your heads out!

675 days ago
60.

oink    

For every 1 american killed 500 from the country that did it die.

675 days ago
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