Actress Cindy Lee Garcia Disavows Knowledge Of Anti-Muslim Themes In 'Innocence Of Muslims'
California actress Cindy Lee Garcia is speaking out about the bizarre 14-minute YouTube clip that purports to be a trailer for a movie, Innocence of Muslims.
The anti-Islam clip, which doesn't appear to be connected to an actual film, has sparked protests throughout the Middle East due to its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad as a sex-crazed child molester, murderer and basic thug. While there have been many riots in Egypt and Yemen this week in reaction to the clip, Tuesday's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, appears to be unrelated to reactions over the YouTube clip, reports the Miami Herald.
The "trailer," which features poorly dubbed lines, slipshod editing that jumps from one scene to another, and actors standing awkwardly in front of a green-screen desert landscape, has the cast and crew fighting mad, too, as they're all maintaining that they were completely unaware of the anti-Islam content until they saw it online.
"It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago," said Cindy Lee Garcia, a California actress who appears in the clip and maintains that she read from a script about generic, anonymous characters called Desert Warriors. "It wasn't based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt. There wasn't anything about Muhammad or Muslims or anything," she told Gawker.
What's even stranger is that no one, including Garcia, really knows who's behind the making of the film. A mysterious man who claimed to be a Los Angeles real estate developer going by the name "Sam Bacile," which now appears to be a pseudonym, was calling the shots during production, and that's who Garcia called when she saw what had ultimately come of her performance.
"I called Sam and said, 'Why did you do this?'" Garcia said. "And he said, 'I'm tired of radical Islamists killing each other. Let other actors know it's not their fault.'"
In the meantime, the cast and crew, who disavow knowledge of what was intended for Desert Warriors-turned-Innocence of Muslims, have all released a statement to CNN stating: "The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose. We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred."
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