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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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106.

cat54    

Anyone think to read a little about Islam to figure out what the issues are? Two factions Sunnis who use Islam as taught, peaceful, tolerant and believe JESUS was a great prophet. Shiites = terrorists and are the minority. Interestingly Judaism, Islam (Sunni) and Christianity share a lot of the same history and beliefs. ONE God, same God, NOT Jesus not Mohammed. The Father Jesus spoke to get us to. Get informed before you start yelling "nuke em" or you are as much a terrorist as they are. They have offended Mohammed more than this movie did by doing the opposite of what Mohammed tried to teach. Most of you posters are acting no better. Shame on you all.

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107.

BB not bb    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPI3KlDs8pA

Islam in its leaders own words . . . .

745 days ago
108.

verlinda    

This man is creepy,don't look too honest. Ok TMZ do you job and investigate his ass. Best this will change some feelings

745 days ago
109.

J.R.    

So this guy produces the movie, and the Islamic people that are protesting want the United States to apologize? WE DIDN'T MAKE THIS MOVIE, THIS GUY DID!!! Don't blame the enitre U.S. for this guys movie. It's like us blaming the entire Islamic world for 9-11 or the recent death of U.S. citizens in Libya. We don't. We blame those directly involved.

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110.

who farted    

We have freedom of speech except for Nakoula

745 days ago
111.

Lee    

So what was their excuse for 9/11???

745 days ago
112.

Duke Steele    

Does all this mean I have to stop using my koran toilet paper?

745 days ago
113.

Rissi    

WE LIVE IN AMERICA!!! It is our right to speak our opinion! Its everyone's right to listen or ignore it! Its unbelievable to me that this happened over a below B rated movie. It is not worth any deaths over. As any Muslim they should have not reacted the way they did... shameful. If they really honored Mohammad they would of preached kindness Tolerance and patience, and prayed for those who made this movie not turn into rabid angry squirrels...

745 days ago
114.

Passion Of The Taint    

Killing people over a movie just shows the evilness and mental weakness of a depressed race of humans.

Maybe we will get lucky on December 21st when an asteroid takes out that side of the world.

All religions have their evil sides.

We need another biblical plague! Now! Ha! Ha!

745 days ago
115.

parrott417    

This was a pathetic film. You can tell where they dubbed in the new voicesIt may hvae been an ok film as originally written, as the actors knew, but it went totally pathetic going after a religious icon.

745 days ago
116.

bill    

If you *******s actually believe that a film that less than 20 people have seen caused all of this....then you are lost for hope. Shame on TMZ....isn't Harvey Jewish? WOW

745 days ago
117.

TEPR    

It just shows that they just want any excuse to attack the west, there's so much anger there, noone can possibly think one person's view suddenly becomes the whole continents responsibility! imagine if the americans reacted like this to 9/11? (which was slightly worse in my humble opinion) it's ridiculous... there's no place for it at all, grow the f**k up... they say it's a tolerant religion, well at the moment it's about as tolerant as christianity was in the middle ages, it has a long way to come.

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118.

TEPR    

It just shows that they just want any excuse to attack the west, there's so much anger there, noone can possibly think one person's view suddenly becomes the whole continents responsibility! imagine if the americans reacted like this to 9/11? (which was slightly worse in my humble opinion) it's ridiculous... there's no place for it at all, grow the f**k up... they say it's a tolerant religion, well at the moment it's about as tolerant as christianity was in the middle ages, it has a long way to come.

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119.

Kim    

You'd have to be a FOOL to believe this. The attack was a planned 9/11 attack and they were sitting ducks.

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120.

TheQueen    

you need to understand that muslims are not all the same ! ppl who have killed the ambassador are muslims extremists ! , the movie maker did it all on purpose.. his goal was to incite violence and then raise hatred against muslims in general.. because of some ppl violent behaviour ! but still nothing justifies violence !
may the victims of this incident rest in peace..

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