Anti-Islam film: ‘Duped’ actress fears for life

The young actress in the infamous anti-Islam film said that she was duped into accepting the role and is now terrified of retribution.

Updated: Sep 17, 2012, 19:11 PM IST

Washington: The young actress, who portrays as Mohammed Prophet’s child bride in the infamous anti-Islam film that set the Muslim nations ablaze, said that she was duped into accepting the role and is now terrified of retribution.

“I am so destroyed right now, assaulted with countless threatening messages on my [e-mail] mailbox from incognito user names,’’ actress Anna Gurji, 21, said.

According to the New York Post, she said that she and other actors in the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ were tricked by the director Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt, into believing that they were making an inoffensive swords-and-sandals B-movie called “Desert Warrior.”

In a lengthy post on Facebook, she said that she never could have guessed the film was a parody on Islam that portrayed Mohammed Prophet as a violent, sex-crazed sadist.

The LA-made film has sparked riots throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including one in which US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“My character, Hilary, was a young girl who is sold (against her own free will) by her parents to a tribe leader known as GEORGE,’’ Gurji wrote in the post. “There was no mention EVER by anyone of MUHAMMAD and no mention of religion during the entire time I was on the set,” she said.

“The film was about a comet falling into a desert and different tribes in ancient Egypt fighting to acquire it . . . The character GEORGE was a [tribe] leader,” she added. “People ask what’s my reaction after seeing [the video]. Shock,’’ she wrote, adding: “Two hours after I found out everything that happened, I . . . could not stop crying.” Still, she vowed, “I will not go into hiding when I have nothing to hide.’’

She added, “It’s painful to see how our faces were used to create something so atrocious without us knowing anything about it at all.”