Bakersfield actress: 'nightmare' playing role in Libyan violence

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An actress who played a supporting role in the movie "Innocence of Muslims" says Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in Bakersfield that she and other actors were deceived by the film's director. Cindy, who requested only her first name be used, says her participation has "turned into a nightmare" after the film sparked violent Islamic protests.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield pastor and actress who played a supporting role in the movie "Innocence of Muslims" said she and other actors were deceived by the film's director.

"This just turned into a nightmare," said Cindy, who requested only her first name be used in this report.

The movie inflamed anger in the Muslim world, especially in Libya. The American-made video depicts Islam's founder, Muhammad, as a homosexual and child molester.

As a result, angry mobs stormed the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff.

Cindy said Wednesday night that she landed the supporting role and was told that the movie was to be called "Desert Warriors," a film about the way things were 2,000 years ago.

"We never used the word 'Islam,' or any of those words were ever spoken at all," said Cindy.

But, after she finished her part, Cindy said she learned the film had been edited and did not resemble what she said in the movie. The video was dubbed into Arabic for the first time eight days ago and then posted online, resulting in violent protests in Libya.

Cindy said she called the movie's writer and director, Sam Bacile.

"I said, 'Why did you do this to us, Sam?' I said, 'You put us out there,' and he said, 'No, this isn't your fault,'" described the actress.

Cindy said Bacile told her to "tell the world that I did this," because he was tired of radical Muslims killing people, she relayed.

"I think what he did was wrong!" Cindy said.

She said she is saddened by the violence that has claimed the lives of at least four Americans in Libya.

"I pray now for the families of the loss, that lost their loved ones. And, I'm praying for the madness to stop," she said.

Though she is depressed about what has happened, Cindy does have some hope.

"Somehow, maybe God will turn this around and some good will come out of it, though I don't know how," she said.