Anti-Muslim Filmmaker: I Wanted to Burn Myself in Public
Zero remorse for Innocence of Muslims
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from his home in Cerritos, Calif in this Sept. 15 file photo.   (AP Photo/CBS2-KCAL9, File)

(Newser) – The New York Times has scored the first prison interview with Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (aka Sam Bacile, aka Ebrahem Fawzy Youssef, aka Kritbag Difrat), the man who wrote and produced The Innocence of Muslims. Sort of. Actually, the warden wouldn't allow an in-person interview, but via written correspondence Nakoula tells the paper that he has absolutely no regrets about the film that caused violent protests around the world (if not, it turns out, at the Benghazi consulate). He says he was merely telling "the actual truth" about the Prophet Mohammed.

"I thought, before I wrote this script, that I should burn myself in the public square to let the American people and the people of the world know this message that I believe in," Nakoula says, adding that he had been spurred especially by the Fort Hood shooting, which left him "upset and enraged." He also says he doesn't feel bad about tricking actors into shooting the film. "They had signed contracts," he reasons, which "in no way prevented changes to the script." For the full piece, including the most detailed telling yet of the film's weird origin story, click here.

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Nov 27, 2012 12:16 PM CST
now that would be a movie to see!!!
Nov 27, 2012 7:23 AM CST
The muslims have not been persecuting the christians of egypt (coptics),if they were why are they allowed to freely practice there religion and the many churches that stand in a Muslim dominant country ? The coptics never had there rights taken away from them,the people chose there religion,How can a state convert a person,religion is about believes! It really annoys me seeing people like you type in comments with out exact meaning,Actually if anybody would be persecuted it would be the muslims by a general population of christians,not the other way around. It also surprises me that the anti muslim film maker,has no remorse that he caused pain and suffering for many people,he insulted and purposely sparked anger for self pleasure.I disagree with how big the anger was,and i must say,I partly blame ignorant or artificial muslims for there acts but I can not say that this man is innocent and was just "expressing his opinion"
Nov 27, 2012 5:53 AM CST
This clown should've gone with his first instinct and burned himself in public. I'm shocked he didn't have the conviction to go through with it.