Posted On Friday, September 14, 2012 at 08:37:15 AM
Mystery has deepened over the low-budget movie "Innocence of Muslims", with conflicting accounts from promoters but no one owning up to having directed it.
US media initially cited someone claiming to be an American-Israeli and calling himself Sam Bacile, as saying he made the film, but no record of such a person exists. Bacile was the name used to publish online excerpts of the movie early July.
Facts about Sam Bacile's role crumbled when an activist involved in the film said Bacile was a pseudonym, that he was not Jewish or Israeli, and that some Americans of Mideast origin collaborated on the film. Hollywood industry groups also said they had no records of the film.
All that exists are 13 minutes of excerpts on YouTube. The only evidence indicating an entire version was filmed came in comments from an unidentified employee of Vine Theatre, a Hollywood Boulevard theatre. He said a version of Innocence of Muslims ran briefly months ago and that a man named Sam brought it there.
Actress says she was duped
An actress in the film said she was duped and was unaware the film was about Prophet Mohammad. Cindy Garcia said she answered a casting call for a movie titled Desert Warrior. "It looks so unreal to me, it's like nothing that we even filmed," Garcia said.
The film was shot with actors in front of a "green screen", used to depict background images. "They told me it was based on what it was like 2,000 years ago at the time of the Lord".