Actress Anna Gurji 'Shocked' By 'Innocence of Muslims'
The cast and crew in the anti-Islam YouTube clip that hit the Internet last week, leading to riots around many Muslim parts of the world, have all disavowed knowledge of the negative themes that were put into the short movie after filming — which included dubbing over many of the actors' lines to change the original harmless themes into divisive religious ones and changing the title of the clip from "Desert Warror" to "Innocence of Muslims," and now another actress, Georgian-born Anna Gurji, who appeared briefly in the film, is speaking out individually to express how shocked she is.
"There was no mention EVER by anyone of MUHAMMAD and no mention of religion during the entire time I was on set," Gurji, 21, wrote on a website by English writer and friend Neil Gaiman, author of novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book, who saw that Gurji was concerned and wanted to give her a forum on which to speak her mind. "I am hundred percent certain nobody in the cast and nobody in the U.S. artistic side of the crew knew what was really planned for this 'Desert Warror,'" Gurji wrote.
"Innocence of Muslims," which is believed to have been produced by a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has a criminal past that reportedly includes federal bank fraud and drug charges, according to the Huffington Post, has left Gurji with a feeling of "shock," she posted on Gaiman's site.
"Two hours after I found out everything that had happened I gave Inside Edition an interview, the duration of which I could not stop crying. I feel shattered … It's painful to see how our faces were used to create something so atrocious without us knowing anything about it at all."
Gurji also reportedly fears for her safety. "I don't know what else to do but speak the truth. I will not go into hiding (since I have nothing to hide), because if we don't speak the truth, there is no world worth living for."
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