A Letter from a Scared Actress.

17 09 2012

At first glance this might appear to be a politically motivated post, but it’s really not. It’s a tragic story of someone being used. I feel really bad for this woman who thought she was just acting in an independent film, only to find her lines overdubbed and the story completely changed. And now she’s swept up in a international controversy that has resulted in violence throughout the middle east. Again, totally sad.

I respect Neil Gaiman for giving her a venue to tell her side of the story. Here’s a portion of Neil’s post, which you can read in its entirety here.

– dEV

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

A Letter from a Scared Actress.

POSTED BY NEIL AT 7:43 AM

A few years ago, a message came in to this website on the FAQ line from a young actress from Georgia (the one from the former USSR, not the State with Atlanta in it) called Anna Gurji. She sent a link to her webpage and to films she had made in Georgia, and told me she was a fan, and if she ever came to the US, she would want to be in something of mine.

She made it to the US, and although she has never been in something of mine, she read the female lead (with Wil Wheaton as the male lead) in the first read-through of Michael Reaves’ film BLOOD KISS. I was not there as a writer. I was there because I will actually act in it, playing a Hollywood director with a dark secret. So I’ve acted with Anna and spent time with her. She’s a good sort.

She wrote to me the other day, worried.

She said,

Something very bad happened. I desperately need everyone’s help right now.
 
I don’t know how to start writing this letter. It’s crazy, the world is.. life.. I’m so shattered right now, I don’t know.. I feel very dead inside.
 
Last summer I auditioned for an indie low budget feature movie and I landed a supporting role. The movie was about a comet falling into a desert and ancient tribes fighting over it for they thought that the comet had some magical powers.
 
A year later, the movie was dubbed (without the actors’ permission), the lines were changed drastically and the movie was morphed into an Anti-Islam film. Even the names of the characters were changed. And the character I had scenes with GEORGE became MUHAMMAD.
 
I really need your advice right now? How can I have my voice shown to the world so that I can tell them the real story.
 
All these media people that keep calling me are using my real story and then chopping or manipulating the interview the way they want to.
 
I don’t know what to do. It’s very scary, Neil.
I told her to write her story for me, to say what she wanted, and I would put it up here for her, as she wrote it, to get her message to the world. The best weapon against lies is the truth, after all.
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