Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alleged "Anti-Islam" Film Had Islamic References Overdubbed- Original Title "Desert Warriors"

The story surrounding "The Innocence of Muslims- the supposed anti-Islam movie that prompted the protests in Egypt, and got the U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans in Libya killed- is becoming more and more bizarre.

Buzz Feed has an article about how all the references to Islam in the 13 minute trailer were overdubbed, so I forced myself to watch it again- with that in mind- and sure enough, every single reference to either Mohammed or the Quran is definitely dubbed over.

Buzz Feed also seems to think that the movie is sourced from different videos, but the film was definitely shot last summer, and according to one of the actresses none of the cast and crew had any idea that it was an anti-Islam film.

Gawker interviewed Cindy Lee Garcia who says she was absolutely appalled with the final cut.  She told Gawker that they were all led to believe they were shooting a movie entitled "Desert Warriors", about the life and times of Egyptians 2,000 years ago.

"It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago," Garcia said. "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."

And "Mohammed" was actually called "Master George" in the film.

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, who filmed for three days last summer, also said "Bacile" told her he was from Egypt, not from Israel as he now claims.  After all hell broke loose, Garcia contacted "Sam":

"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 plans on suing him, as probably the rest of the 80-strong cast and crew plan on doing.

What seems obvious is that "Sam" planned on filming an anti-Islam 'spoof' without the crew and actors' knowledge, knowing he could make those changes in post production through dubbing.  They are not amused.

CNN published a statement by all 80 members of the production:

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 posts a link to the 2011 casting call, that was originally found on Craigslist.  It says they were looking for SAG and non-SAG actors, but it seems unlikely that union members were involved given the caliber of acting, and the fact that this was a non-paying gig. Cindy Lee is listed on but the movie is not. And she's non union.


mahmoudx66 said...
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Incognito said...

Sorry Mahmoud, with all due respect, but this is why people are critical of your religion. There have been films that have portrayed Christ as a homosexual, Palestinians have produced horrible films about the Jews and yet neither the Jews nor the Christians have reacted in violence, demonstrating in masses and killing people. There is NO EXCUSE for violence, simply because you are offended by something.

I agree, the film is a piece of crap, and offensive, but it does not give Muslims the right to go out and kill someone. Especially someone who had NOTHING to do with the making of the film. That is the difference between savages and civilized people.

Become more civilized and then maybe we won't need to criticize you for all the violence.

Tell me, why do you kill each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites and vice versa? That is just so very wrong. I don't your Allah would be very proud of all the violence in His name.