Confirmed: The Director of Innocence of Muslims Is a Schlocky Softcore Porn Director Named Alan RobertsThe anti-Islam film that’s set off a firestorm in the Middle East was directed by a 65-year-old schlock director named Alan Roberts, we’ve confirmed. He’s the creative vision behind softcore porn classics like The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood.
An Alan Roberts is listed as director on the film’s casting calls and call sheets from the summer of 2011, back when it was innocuously called Desert Warriors. Castmembers and crew told us yesterday that Roberts was brought on by producer “Sam Bacile” aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and he muddled his way through a disorganized three-month shoot.
This is the same Alan Roberts listed in IMDB as the director of a handful of softcore porn movies and other low-budget films, according to acquaintances we spoke to today.
“I am sure it was the same Alan Roberts, as I remember him speaking about this project,” said filmmaker David A. Prior, a longtime acquaintance of Roberts, in an email. Roberts is listed as a producer on two of Prior’s films, 2008′s Zombie Wars and 2007′s Lost at War.
“He did work on [Innocence of Muslims],” confirmed a man who was Roberts’ business partner in a post-production facility he ran, who asked not to be named.
The backstory behind how Roberts became director of Innocence of Muslims is still unclear, like so many things about the film. We’ve tried to reach Roberts, but his business associate told us he “turned off his phone” soon after protests broke out over the film and is laying low. But he said Roberts was “non-political” and did not have any apparent anti-Islam feelings. Roberts may have been duped by the film’s producer in much the same way as the rest of the cast and crew. They believed they were participating in a period piece about ancient Egypt and had no idea the movie would be edited and dubbed into a piece of Islamophobic propaganda.
“They redubbed it, they brought in the actors, put in new sounds, changed the names,” said the business partner. “And this was done later, before it was initially released. Of course Alan had nothing to do with it.”
An actress who worked with Roberts on Innocence of Muslims agreed that he had nothing to do with the political bent of the film.
“My gut tells me he was just a has-been director who was trying to prove he could still be Hollywood,” she wrote in an email.
Alan Roberts’ real name is Robert Brownell. Vice obtained documents showing a person from Santa Montica named Robert Brownell had paid for some pre-production services for the film that would eventually become Innocence of Muslims, and Roberts’ business partner confirmed that Robert Brownell was Alan Roberts’ real name.
Until the release of Innocence of Muslims, the 65-year-old Roberts has had an unremarkable career as a small-time director and editor. His directing credits include some softcore porn from the 70s and 80s like 1977′s Young Lady Chatterly, The Sexpert and The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood, third of the Happy Hooker trilogy. (It’s probably no coincidence that the cast included at least two porn stars.) Roberts tried to break into action in 1991 with Karate Cop: “John Travis is the last honest cop in a future dominated by terroristic martial-arts gangs who fight gladiator-style in arenas.”
Roberts is more accomplished as a film editor, with 28 editing credits, including the 2003 Johnny Knoxville/Christina Applegate vehicle Grand Theft Parsons. In the mid-2000s, he ran a digital post-production facility called Genesis Post-Production according to a press release for a documentary about Burning Man where he’s credited as producer.
“At one time he edited some fairly large films but he really never got a break to the really big ones for whatever reasons,” said the business partner. “But for the work I’ve seen, the editing he’s done, he’s actually very creative.”
Anyone who’s seen the embarrassing 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims, which he helped edit as well as direct, might disagree. But then sloppy editing is far from the worst thing about the film.
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Seems the only thing two things exported from the Middle East are 1.(a close monitoring of imporper uses of the image of Mohammad) 2.(Oil)
Id love to see one story, just one story about how any one of the Muslim countries in the Middle East contributes positively to global society.
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So people are dying and burning American flags because ONE asshole made a shitty and offending move. What the fuck.
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Sorry, but despite how bad or offensive or insulting this video is, there is no excuse for the conduct we’re seeing in some Muslim nation by some Muslims. We don’t play by their rules, and we should not be intimidated into kowtowing to their outrage and reprehensible actions.
I would instead pull all of our diplomatic staff out of these countries and withdraw any and all funding they receive. These people are animals and animals need to be treated as such. Unless or until their leadership can reign them in, we should get the hell out of Dodge and let them know we will not tolerate this kind of reaction.
This is sub-human savagery and ignorance that has no place in a civilized world, and I’m not just talking about Kansas here.
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Anyone who lets themselves get that upset over something they have heard about can go play on the freeway. Bunch of little fucking kids getting their feelings hurt.
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Apologies if this has been brought up before, but isn’t the action being taken against US Embassies along the same mental channel as people assuming that all Muslims are terrorists? It’s not a reach to say that directing anger towards these buildings is reflexive with the American people and thus assuming we all somehow had to do with or agree with this film? Seems general and misplaced.
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“Muslism”? Come on, you have to have spell-check somewhere around there…
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The men who made this movie should be arrested and tried for treason against the United States of America, the men who committed the murders of the embassy members should be brought to justice.
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For anyone who hasn’t seen it ( I won’t link it here) The Onion just recently did an interesting piece yesterday with a cartoon of major religious figures doing some rather interesting things to each other .
Surprise ending: No one was threatened with death, or killed.
Imagine that…
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There’s still widespread misinformation that this was some sort of Israeli-funded plot. Thank you for continuously keeping us updated and informed, Adrian.