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Qaddafi's son funding Hollywood movies including Mickey Rourke's next film

02.25.2011

This is JoBlo.com, where we talk about movies and video games and superheroes and show pictures of girls in skimpy clothing, so we don't talk about political current events, like the unrest in Egypt or Libya, very often. But today, the controversy surrounding Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has now crossed over into the world of Hollywood and we've got something to talk about.

What do you do when you're the son of a despotic and insanely wealthy leader of a country? If you're Al-Saadi Qaddafi, seen here big pimpin', you take your money to Hollywood and try to become a big shot producer. The Qaddafi family is reported to be worth some $60 billion (take that Mark Zuckerberg!) and Al-Saadi has taken some of pop's money and invested it in Natural Selection, a production company based out of Los Angeles.

Said one source familiar with Al-Saadi and the business, "This son is quiet and legitimate and less political," than his father. As for why a production company would accept funds from a potentially dubious and controversial source as the son of a ruler linked to numerous terrorist acts around the world, the same source said, "Itís hard to get money to invest in films." (Stop and read that quote again.)

Among the projects using Qaddafi money include THE ICEMAN, the story of mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski, which has Mickey Rourke attached to star and ISOLATION, a thriller starring Eva Amurri.

To be fair, Al-Saadi is not the same brother as Saif al-Islam who earlier this week said, "If we do not agree today on reforms, we will not be mourning 84 people, but thousands of deaths, and rivers of blood will run through Libya." Though, also in fairness, Hollywood would probably take his money too. After all, it's really hard to get money to invest in films.

Source: Bloomberg

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12:53PM on 02/28/2011
Love this this article, I laughed my ass off.
Anyway who gives a fuck, take his money and make some great movies.
Love this this article, I laughed my ass off.
Anyway who gives a fuck, take his money and make some great movies.
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4:38PM on 02/25/2011

Fox news is for douchebags

How long do you guys think it will take for fucking fox news and ew to blow this story out of proportion.
How long do you guys think it will take for fucking fox news and ew to blow this story out of proportion.
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4:04PM on 02/25/2011
Well, now I know which Kuklinski biopic I'm NOT going to see in theaters.
Well, now I know which Kuklinski biopic I'm NOT going to see in theaters.
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2:01PM on 02/25/2011

if the producing doesn't work out...

Al-Saadi can always fall back on his movie star looks and his eye-catching "negative space" beard to get him by.


also, given the family reputation, he should probably ditch the Scarface meets Goodfellas "business" suit.
Al-Saadi can always fall back on his movie star looks and his eye-catching "negative space" beard to get him by.


also, given the family reputation, he should probably ditch the Scarface meets Goodfellas "business" suit.
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12:32PM on 02/25/2011

come on its hollywood

Hollywood is filled with scum bags who will put up with anything, they are like most big buisnesses, if it makes money we turn the other cheek, until we can make a movie about said person or situation, to expolit it even further. If Charlie Sheen can do coke in public and have it all over his body when police show up and not be charged with a crime and keep his job, we know they wont refuse investment money. They are the real scum in this situation.
Hollywood is filled with scum bags who will put up with anything, they are like most big buisnesses, if it makes money we turn the other cheek, until we can make a movie about said person or situation, to expolit it even further. If Charlie Sheen can do coke in public and have it all over his body when police show up and not be charged with a crime and keep his job, we know they wont refuse investment money. They are the real scum in this situation.
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12:14PM on 02/25/2011

His time will come

Al-Saadi is a dirty murdering scumbag that will go to jail VERY soon. All that money belongs to the starving people of Libya. Peace.
Al-Saadi is a dirty murdering scumbag that will go to jail VERY soon. All that money belongs to the starving people of Libya. Peace.
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11:33AM on 02/25/2011

Dirty

You know you're a dirty, dirty dawg if Hollywood films (with Mickey Rourke, nonetheless) is the most legitimate business you have.
You know you're a dirty, dirty dawg if Hollywood films (with Mickey Rourke, nonetheless) is the most legitimate business you have.
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11:25AM on 02/25/2011
Just because you have lots of money doesn't mean you know SHIT about being a producer... Dirty money.
Just because you have lots of money doesn't mean you know SHIT about being a producer... Dirty money.
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