The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history seems to be populated by professional actors.
First, Luis Burbano, a much-interviewed eyewitness who claims to have been in the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, at the time of the shooting, turns out to be a professional actor.
Burbano’s profile on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists 5 acting credits under “Filmography,” the most recent one being his role as a “club patron” in a 2015 music video called — I’m not making this up — “Spirit of Orlando: Shooting Up”.
A day after I took the screenshot of Burbano’s acting credits on IMDb, his “Spirit of Orlando: Shooting Up” acting was deleted by IMDb. Below is the screenshot I took yesterday, June 15, 2016, showing Burbano’s full acting credits.
Now, it turns out the shooter himself, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, also had acting experience.
While working as a security guard for the laughably-incompetent government contractor G4S, Mateen appeared in a 2012 award-winning documentary, The Big Fix, about the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
As recounted by Daily Mail, Mateen was filmed by documentary director Rebecca Tickell using a hidden camera. Pretending to be an oblivious passer-by, Tickell asked Mateen about the relief efforts. Mateen bashed BP and the workers:
“No one gives a s***, no one gives a s*** here. Like, everybody’s just out to get paid. They’re, like, hoping for more oil to come out and more people to complain so they’ll have job. ‘Cause once people get laid off here, it’s gonna suck for them. They want more disaster to happen. That’s where their money-making is.”
Tickell said, “It’s all about the money, right?” To which Mateen replied, “All about the money. Exactly.”
The documentary’s producers have confirmed to CBS News that the man in the footage is Mateen.
You may say that Mateen wasn’t really acting in the documentary because he was filmed by a hidden camera.
But wait! Mateen is an actor — he even has his own page on IMDb!
His profile on IMDb says Mateen had appeared in two documentaries:
- As himself in The Big Fix in 2012.
- As “bad boy” in the 2013 “documentary, romance, drama” Love City, Jalalabad, described as “A wild and funny documentary showing how the progressive youth of Afghanistan are rejecting the use of armed force and see film production as an alternative means of bringing peace and social change to their war-torn and occupied country.”
Here’s a screenshot from Mateen’s IMDb profile, showing his acting credit on Love City, Jalalabad, which, no doubt, will soon be scrubbed from IMDb:
Omar Mateen is identified as among Love City, Jalalabad‘s full cast and crew, portraying the role of “Bad Boy”.
Here’s a promo video-clip from Love City, Jalalabad, showing transvestites and a dwarf in lurid makeup: