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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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76.

Selebraties Suck    

They're really mad at Obama and Biden: GM Is live (not really) and Osama is dead.

How many times did Gaffy Biden screech that in the last month?

580 days ago
77.

Selebraties Suck    

Who would Harvey & Staff rather "DO":

Islamist Terrorists or Obama?

580 days ago
78.

oink    

Wish Hollywood would make a real Muhammad movie and get Mitt Romney to play Muhammad.

580 days ago
79.

Selebraties Suck    

One question: What caused these same people to rape Lara Logan while she was covering the "Arab Spring"?

Women in America, Europe and Asia should be burning the middle east for the way they treat women.

580 days ago
80.

Cujeaux    

Pull all foreign aid on these haters. Sooner or later there will be another attack on our soil with all of these uprisings going on. If all it takes is a YouTube video to whip them into a frenzy, there's no dealing with them. Keep them from traveling here too . They hate us so much yet want to live here. It's plain jealousy.

580 days ago
81.

Lauri    

I wish the people here would be more offended that America ideals were manipulated by an Egyptian christian pretending to be a Jew to try to start world war 3 between jews and muslims. A war we would have to be involved in and thousands of our people's lives would be lost in the process. Instead of defending this jerk's "rights" how about defending our lives?

580 days ago
82.

BB not bb    

The Muslims are out to kill to begin with, they don't need a film. Leave this little old man alone. He is hiding from Egypt and the atrocities there as it is. In this country we are supposed to have freedom of speech. If Muslims go wild with hate over that, that would be on them.

580 days ago
83.

IceGypsy    

I understand that Muslims are very passionate about their beliefs, but I fail to understand how they could take this so-called movie seriously.


I have seen bits and pieces of this movie and think it is a dreadful piece of work with some of the worst writing/acting I have ever seen.


Religious wars have been fought for centuries, and sadly probably will be for many more. To look back in history, and see that one was started over this pathetic excuse for a movie is embarrassing to say the least..


Hopefully they will consider the source and get over it before too many people are killed.

580 days ago
84.

FirstAmendmentFighter    

Better watch out, TMZ...if this guy isn't allowed to exercise his 1st Amendment then eventually you may not be able to exercise that right either....by publishing photos of naked princes, telling us all the 'gossip' about celebs, etc. Fight for the 1st Amendment...this is the first step in taking it away.

580 days ago
85.

dontbelieveObama    

Harvey you should just stick to stupid celebrity news, not let your love of Obama and his policies show too much on your site like it did in this article. Our current President is using tactics which are reminiscent of Nazi Germany, attempting to control the press, free speech, and lying to the masses. You are an intelligent man, although very misguided unfortunately by the Hollywood left which is known to be intolerant of non-Democrats. Our country is slowly descending into the destrucftion of what made us strong. Free speech is one of our inalienable rights. Do not believe the Obama claim that this movie caused the TERROR ATTACK on our embassy in Libya, because by believing that you are buying into Al Quada's, Hezbollah's, Hamas' and Fatah's lies and justifications for their murders of innocents and diplomats.

580 days ago
86.

MsRita    

I just canceled my Google account. I''m sure the Board at Google has no kids fighting for our freedom.

I have 19 year old son the serving our Country as a Marine. This video could cause my son his life.

580 days ago
87.

Susan    

Wake up, the uprising and the slaughter of 4 Americans on 9/11 had nothing to do with the film.

580 days ago
88.

tgrfan42069    

they attacked the embassy on 9/11.they are just using this film as a beard.and the liberal us media is eating it up.sad that news outlets over here are making excuses for a bunch of animal terrorists

580 days ago
89.

Jaz    

Freedom of speech is a responsiblity. You cannot go around insulting people for the sake of it just to make money/fame/situation. People can debate, can express opinions whilst respecting others.

Here how it goes, if people are too free to say whatever they want without respecting other parties, then the OTHER party have the damn freedom of to do whatever they want and freedom to react however it suits them, whether burning embassies or haunting down the producer. SIMPLE

Freedom of speech is a responsiblity as much as its an opportunity to converse with others.

580 days ago
90.

Randy    

I wish Mel Gibson to produce another religions film....a S.A.W Mohamed the Islamic prophet . We need a good quality movie not this cheap one.

580 days ago
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