Klein himself has come to the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center
, a civil rights group, which has this description of him: "A longtime religious-right activist who brags about having led a 'hunter killer' team as a Marine in Vietnam. Klein, who calls Islam a 'penis-driven religion' and thinks Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca is a Muslim Brotherhood patsy, is allied with Christian activist groups across California. In 2011, as head of the Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, he worked with the Vista, Calif.-based Christian Anti-Defamation Commission on a campaign to 'arm' students with the 'truth about Islam and Muhammad' — mainly by leafleting high schools with literature depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a sex-crazed pedophile."
Israeli officials say they have no record that Sam Bacile is a citizen of that country, the AP reports.
AP spoke with a man claiming to be Bacile by telephone, who said "Islam is a cancer, period."
An actress in the movie,
Cindy Lee Garcia, told gawker.com
that she'd been duped by Bacile, saying that she had no idea that the movie had anything to do with religion. Mentions of Mohammad and other religious figures were dubbed in as part of the Arabic translation, she said.
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."
Later in the gawker.com article, Garcia describes Bacile:
The film's mysterious pseudonymous writer and director, "Sam Bacile," has claimed to be an Israeli real estate mogul. But Garcia said Bacile told her he was Egyptian on set. Bacile had white hair and spoke Arabic to a number of "dark-skinned" men who hung around the set, she said.
- Jason Fields, World News Editor, Digital First Media
"He was just really mellow. He was just sitting there and he wanted certain points to be made."