According to Italian wikipedia about the origin of the name Amerigo#Origine_e_diffusione
Deriva dal nome germanico Emmerich,
Could it be that Roland Emmerich was always meant to infiltrate American film business and starting to undermine public moral with pictures of total disaster...???
Let's dig into some obscure copies of long lost archives of remote province towns and we will find clear evidence about a hidden agenda to morally destroy this "Emmerich" continent.
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