Well, I looked up some of the “Innocence of Muslims” movie — here’s one clip, and you can find many more — just to see if it’s as cartoonishly bad as everyone’s been saying. And you know what? It is. I’ve made movies on pocket-change budgets that looked like “Lawrence of Arabia” in comparison.
Middle-school costumes, fake beards from the pop-up Halloween store, and all those sparkling-white California-actor teeth. But the worst of it? They shot on a green screen. We had a green-screen shot in one of our challenge movies; it took forever to light the goddamn thing. But that’s the great thing about working with people who care; even when the stakes are low and it’s just a silly challenge movie, they honor their work by doing it well. Note, by way of contrast, well, the whole clip. Muhammed looks to his right and the light’s on his face. He gets up, and the light is from the other side. But that’s nothing compared to the way he’s seemingly floating over the desert floor.
The guard is a porn actor. The rest say the Muslim-bashing lines were dubbed in later. The whole story is seemingly made for Gawker, if it weren’t for the dead ambassador and all.
Jesus, why are people so stupid? I ask you.
I’m exhausted; how about you? Some linkage? Sure.
Duck lips galore. With some horrifying photos.
Can a light-skinned black woman with delicate features play a dark-skinned, heavy-featured African-American icon? Ask the people fretting over whether Zoe Saldana can play Nina Simone.