It turns out that the the 14-minute trailer on YouTube for the anti-Islam, low-budget film Innocence of Muslims stems from a 105-page script about a wayward man named “George.”
Gawker.com obtained and posted a May 2009 draft for the movie, originally titled Desert Warrior, from “a Hollywood vet” who had been approached to work on the film by Coptic Christian filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. “Sam Basel,” a variation of a pseudonym used by Nakoula, is credited as the writer, according to Gawker.
The trailer, full of poorly-acted, offensive mockery of Muhammad, only scratches the surface of the story contained within the poorly-written script. The script follows the exploits of “George,” whose life story — until a point — mirrors Muhammad’s. According to the script, George is raised by his grandfather, like Muhammad, but then becomes imbued with evil after the angel Gabriel appears to him on a mountain. At one point, a Coptic Christian character called Dr. Matthew, whose pharmacy is broken into and looted by a mob of Muslims, tells his daughters that George “was now evil, telling people to convert to Islam, pay a tribute to him or die.” George and his followers then rape, pillage, and kill.
The film’s YouTube trailer has already been blocked in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Libya, and Egypt. Actors involved in the film have claimed to have received death threats. According to The Associated Press, at least 28 people have died in violence linked to protests spurred by the film in seven countries.
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