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Shia LaBeouf on Not Giving Credit for Short Film: 'I F--ked Up'

Shia LaBeouf on Not Giving Credit for Short Film: 'I F--ked Up'

Shia LaBeouf has responded to reports that he plagiarized his new short film HowardCantour.com after failing to credit the work that inspired the project.

The 27-year-old actor debuted his short film at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and finally posted the clip online on Monday. Fans realized that the flick, which stars Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic, is basically a direct adaptation of a comic written by famed artist Daniel Clowes.

“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation,” Shia said on Twitter. “I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.”

After tweeting out his statement, Shia waited an hour and said “I f–ked up.” Head on over to Buzzfeed to watch the film and read Daniel Clowes‘ reaction to it.

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10 Comments

# 1

Shia is an Artist, don’t apologize for ****

# 2

@SHINE: exactly leave him alone

# 4
YAAAS HONEY @ 12/17/2013 at 5:40 am

^^^ LaDouche is the first 3 comments.

# 5

I don’t even understand how someone can make a mistake like that

# 6

it’s not a mistake, it was deliberate. you cannot copy something almost 100% and not know it, especially when you are already familiar with the work you are copying. at least he owned it, but what the heck was he thinking? really bad move for him; it’s not like he’s famous, he should have shared credit

# 7

Even this apology is forced bullshit. The comic was not an “inspiration”. It was the source of a direct adaptation.

# 8

@SHINE:

Shia is a Douche

*there, I fixed it for you*

# 9

People need to calm their tits. He took a piece of art and turned it into a completely different form of art. He should have given credit to the writer, but I don’t think he ment to harm anyone. He did the right thing and apologized

How on earth do you not remember to credit the author of the story you’re telling?! Sorry Shia, not buying it.

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