It's time for yet another story about people taking cinema way too seriously. Fortunately, most stories don't have disastrous results, but sometimes the fiery words lead to a scary reality, like the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Pakistani pop singer Ali Haider isn't willing to take that chance. The BBC reports that he has backed out of the lead role in an upcoming Bollywood film called Osama after being threatened over his potential involvement.

Not about the infamous Bin Laden directly, the film will follow a Kashmir boy named Osama who is at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. Haider says that the film was a love story that he hoped would change the image of Pakistani people: "It was to show the world the other side of the coin. I felt it was my responsibility as a Muslim. But I have to look after a family of which I am the sole bread-winner."

In November, he started getting threats over the phone (up to 10 a day), and said that those dealing the threats knew "everything about my movements; when I am at the jogging track, or when I am in the gym." After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, he wondered what would happen to someone like him, and pulled out of the role -- a decision he says cost him $160,000. There is no word yet on who will replace him in the film.

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