There is a growing mystery surrounding the creation of the film that sparked riots and a deadly attack on US Embassies in Egypt and Libya. The film which depicts the Prophet Muhammed as a child molester, thug, womanizer and general horrible person was filmed last year, but the actors who were involved in the film did not even know that it was a film about religion.
According to Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses involved in the film, has stated that she has a small role in the film where her young daughter is given to a man in marriage. According to Garcia, the script she was given was titled simply Desert Warriors. She told Gawker that “It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago. 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 Muhammed or Muslims or anything.”
The final product, though, was far from what they filmed. The man that her character was suppose to give her daughter up to in marriage was named Master George in the original script, and there were no references to Islam or Muhammed. In fact, those were dubbed into the film in the aftermath.
Gawker notes that:
For example, at 9:03 in the trailer, Garcia berates her husband, who wants to send their daughter to Muhammed: “Is your Muhammed a child molester?” she says in the final product. But the words are dubbed over what she actually said. The line in the script—and the line Garcia gave during filming—was, “is your God a child molester,” Garcia told us today.
Garcia was horrified when she saw the end product, and when protesters in Libya killed four U.S. Embassy employee.
“I had nothing to do really with anything. Now we have people dead because of a movie I was in. It makes me sick.”
Garcia stated that her three days on set last July were hardly remarkable, and that the film’s mysterious writer and director “Sam Bacile”, a pseudonym, appeared to be a white-haired Egyptian rather than an Israeli real estate mogul, as has been claimed. Garcia stated “He was just really mellow. He was just sitting there and he wanted certain points to be made.”
Once the story broke, Garcia called Bacile. According to her “I called Sam and said, ‘Why did you do this?’ and he said, ‘I’m tired of radical Islamists killing each other. Let other actors know it’s not their fault.’” She is not buying his apology and his statement saying that “I’m going to sue his butt off.”
The entire cast and crew have denounced the film noting that they have been duped by Bacile. They stated:
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 re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.
Gawker also dug up what appears to be the original casting call which reads:
NOW CASTING SAG and NON SAG ACTORS for “DESERT WARRIOR.” Director Alan Roberts.
Historical desert drama set in Middle East. Indie Feature film shoots 18 days in L.A. in August. Studio and backlot locations.
Male Roles: DR. MATTHEW (Lead): Middle Eastern Pharmacist, 40-50, intelligent, family man; GEORGE (Lead); 40-50, Middle Eastern warrior leader, romantic, charismatic; YOUNG GEORGE (featured) 18-22; PRIEST (featured): 60-70, bearded; ABDO (featured), 60-70, Elder tribe leader; ISRAELI MEN 30-50 (featured); WARRIORS (featured) 18-50, Various Middle Eastern types, bearded.
Female Roles: CONDALISA (featured) 40, attractive, successful, strong willed; HILLARY (featured) 18 but must look younger, petite; innocent; YOUSTINA (featured) 16-18, Daughter of doctor; MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN (Various Featured Roles) 18-40, attractive, exotic; OLDER WOMAN (featured) 60-70, feisty.
Please place Role desired in SUBJECT: line of email.
Indicate SAG or NON-SAG
Require phone contact for immediate interview in Beverly/LaCienega area.