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DESERT WARRIOR aka INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS Director: Veteran of '70s Softcore Porn

Innocence of Muslims Muhammad actorInnocence of Muslims / 'Desert Warrior' director Alan Roberts best-known for '70s softcore porn

Innocence of Muslims, the polemical anti-Islam "film" (actually, a cheap amateur video), now has not only a producer, but also a director. The "Israeli entrepreneur Sam Bacile" has been exposed as the Egyptian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who allegedly misled all (or most) of those involved in the production. And Gawker has reported that Alan Roberts aka Robert Brownell, the director of a handful of softcore porn movies in the '70s and early '80s, helmed "Desert Warrior," a cheesy Arabian adventure that was to become — following some sloppy overdubbing — Innocence of Muslims. (Photo: Innocence of Muslims screenshot. See also: "Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Submission Part II: Gays and Islam.")

Besides the now infamous "Desert Warrior" / Innocence of Muslims, which has been blamed for riots in several Muslim countries, Alan Roberts' movie credits include The Sexpert (1972), Panorama Blue (1974), Young Lady Chatterley (1977), and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980), which features Jack Lemmon's son Chris Lemmon, veteran Phil Silvers (who danced with Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly in Cover Girl), in addition to TV Batman Adam West at the receiving end in a simulated oral sex scene.

In the '90s, Roberts worked with better known names — who had seen better days — in a handful of low-budget flicks: Karate Kop (1991), with David Carradine; Round Trip to Heaven (1992), with Ray Sharkey, Corey Feldman, and Zach Galligan; and the erotic thriller Save Me (1994), with Harry Hamlin, Olivia Hussey, Michael Ironside, and Steve Railsback.

Alan Roberts also produced several little-known movies, among them a handful of his own films, and in the last two decades edited nearly 30 titles. Though minor efforts, a few of them featured well-known names, e.g., Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn in 30 Days, Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate in Grand Theft Parsons.

Alan Roberts also duped by Innocence of Muslims producers?

According to Gawker, a friend of the "Desert Warrior" director described him as "non-political." In fact, Alan Roberts, much like the film's cast and crew, may have been just another Innocence of Muslims collaborator duped by the film's backers. Although Roberts reportedly worked on the "Desert Warrior" editing, the overdubbing — insertions of dialogue about Islam, Muslims, and Muhammad — could easily have been done at a later date.

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