‘Innocence of Muslims’ Trailer: Does a Full Version of the Anti-Islam Movie Exist?
Sep 15, 2012 06:53 PM EDT | By Juan Fernandez
The anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims" trailer sparks outrage, despite possibly being a fraud. Numerous sources question the credibility of the producer, identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula also known as Sam Bacile, about his identity and his production.
Dubbed in Arabic and posted on YouTube, the thirteen and a half minute trailer of the film depicts Muhammad as a false prophet, a womanizer, and a madman.
It remains to be seen whether the violence in Egypt and Libya resulted from the film. On September 11th, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. U.S. officials are investigating whether this was a planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11.
Questions surround whether Nakoula's identity and production are as he claims.
Nakoula claims to be an Israeli Jew, but Israeli authorities told Associated Press that there are no records of him being an Israeli citizen.
According to The Atlantic Wire, no one has been able to obtain the film in its full length. The producer of the film claims that $5 million was raised from 100 anonymous Jewish donors, using 60 actors and 45 crew members. "Just look at the horrid way the desert backdrop is green-screened into the background. This is a film with a $5 million budget?"
The Hollywood Reporter says "Bacile has virtually no footprint in the Hollywood community. The writer-director-producer has no agent listed on IMDBPro and no credits on any film or TV production."
An email sent to CNN purporting to represent "80 cast and crew members" of the film states:
The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. We are 100 percent not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose," the statement says. "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 interviewed one of the actors, who says Bacile misled the crew:
Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress from Bakersfield, Calif., has a small role in the Muhammed movie as a woman whose young daughter is given to Muhammed to marry. But in a phone interview this afternoon, Garcia told us she had no idea she was participating in an offensive spoof on the life of Muhammed when she answered a casting call through an agency last summer and got the part.
The script she was given was titled simply Desert Warriors.
"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."
Bacile is quoted saying "Islam is a cancer. The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie." It remains yet to be seen if there is a full movie beyond the trailer.