Ky. man mistaken for controversial film maker
GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) – Sam Basile has no professional filmmaking credits, doesn’t live in California and finds a film insulting the prophet Mohammed “nuts.” Yet, Basile, a New Jersey native who lives in Glasgow, Ky., has been getting calls since the movie “Innocence of Muslims” ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast starting last week.
Basile told the Glasgow Daily Times that the idea he would be associated with such a movie made him sick. “That guy is nuts to make a movie like that,” Basile said.
Basile said he started receiving calls from media outlets last week asking if he was that Sam Bacile, a pseudonym for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man who made the film. The Kentucky Basile received seven calls in one day and his wife received some as well. “It’s kind of scary,” he said. “They got my (cellphone) number. That means anybody could get it.”
After he moved to Kentucky because of family, Basile became a cook with the Head Start program in Glasgow. Other than home videos of his children, Basile has no filmmaking background. “I thought it was a joke at first,” Basile said. “I hadn’t seen the news yet.”
Basile had given the phone to a family member Wednesday morning, so he didn’t get the first phone call. After more came in, Basile decided he had better lay low. “I got lots of family around here and I don’t want to make any waves,” he said.
Basile hasn’t received any threats but he thought there was a possibility he would be attacked by someone mistaking him for the filmmaker. “You know, I thought ‘they’ll look me up on the Internet and think he’s in hiding in Kentucky,”‘ Basile said.
Basile wanted to make sure it was made known he was just a guy living in Kentucky, who had coincidentally lived in California more than a decade ago. “Just let everyone know this is not the guy,” he said. “I just happened to have the same name.”