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Actress in Movie That Ignited Middle East Rage Speaks to INSIDE EDITION

Actress in Movie That Ignited Middle East Rage Speaks to INSIDE EDITION


Airdate: 09/13/2012

She's the actress who's suddenly been thrust into the center of a deadly international crisis.

Cindy Lee Garcia is one of the stars of the movie that has triggered riots in the Middle East and led to the death of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans. But Garcia says she was duped into appearing in the film, Innocence of Muslims.

Garcia told INSIDE EDITION, "I had no idea what was going on. I was dumbfounded when all of this started happening."

The movie was shot at the Blue Cloud Ranch, a well-known outdoor set where the show Wipe-Out is filmed. But the actors who answered a call for a film called Desert Warrior had no idea what they were getting into.

In the original script, the main character was named George, but after it was edited, George was changed to Muhammad.

"When I did finally get the trailer sent to me and it was all chopped up and all these other things added in, I was just like, it was vulgar to me," said Garcia.

Believe it or not, the movie that has triggered this crisis apparently had its roots in a shabby home outside Los Angeles. The man who lives there admits he was involved in the production. But there are suggestions that he may actually be the director, and that he's now trying to conceal the extent of his involvement.

The man who lives in the home is named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Notice the middle name is strikingly similar to the identity of the movie's credited director, Sam Bassill. Nakoula denies that he and Bassill are one and the same.

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret spoke to former marine Steve Klein, who says he was a consultant on the film and is proud of it.
      
Moret said, "Anybody watching this film who believes in Islam would be offended."

"Why does that bother you?" asked Klein.

Klein says the movie's premiere in Hollywood, if you could call it that, was an outright flop.

"I got there half an hour before the movie to watch and see what happened. Nobody showed. I stayed for half an hour after the opening, nobody showed and I left," said Klein.

"And that was the only showing?" asked Moret.

Klein answered, "That was it. I called Sam and said, 'Sorry buddy, you wasted a lot of money.' "

But it became a sensation when the trailer was translated into Arabic and riots erupted in the Middle East.

Now,  the country mourns the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, seen in a heartbreaking photo being carried to the hospital in Libya where he later died of smoke inhalation.  
 
Moret asked, "Do you feel at all responsible for the death of the Ambassador?"

"No," answered Klein.

"Do you feel at all responsible for the violence that erupted?" asked Moret.

"I feel they're responsible," said Klein.


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