Last summer, Los Angeles actor Tim Dax answered an ad for the role of a muscular warrior in what was billed as a desert adventure film on the casting website Actors Access. He worked for a week and half, at a rate of $75 a day, on a low-budget set tucked into a Monrovia strip mall.
But for Dax, this would not turn out to be just another quickie acting gig.
On Tuesday morning, he woke up to find himself at the center of an international crisis when the movie he thought he had made had been transformed into a very different production.
Rather than co-starring in "Desert Warrior," the movie Dax believed he was acting in, the 40-year-old performer had unwittingly been working on the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims," which is being blamed for mob attacks this week in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
"It was supposed to be about ancient warriors," said Dax, who has also appeared in an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," music videos and adult films. "Being a hard-working and hungry actor I put my gusto into it, auditioned and got on set."