Shia LaBeouf responds to plagiarism accusation: 'I'm embarrassed'
Shia LaBeouf was recently slammed online about alleged plagiarism in a film short he directed and now the "Transformers" actor has spoken out.
The 27-year-old old said he is "embarrassed" for failing to give proper credit and that he apologizes to "all who assumed" he wrote the script.
"I [expletive] up," he said on Twitter late on Monday, Dec. 16, hours after the video, titled "Howard Cantour.com," was released online. It has since been taken down.
The short, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, revolves around what promoters describe as a "lonely but self-important film critic," played by comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan.
According to Buzzfeed, the video is "almost a direct adaptation" of artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic "Justin M. Damiano." The website quoted his editor, Eric Reynolds, as saying that the actor's short marks "shameless theft." Clowes has not commented.
"Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work," LaBeouf tweeted. "In my excitement and naivete as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation."
"I'm embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration," he added. "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."
Buzzfeed then pointed out that LaBeouf's first part of his apology was similar to an entry on a Yahoo! Answers page, in which user "Lili" wrote: "Merely copying isn't particularly creative work, though it's useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize the 'stolen' concept." LeBeouf has not commented about this.
(Pictured above: Shia LaBeouf appears at the premiere for "Lawless" in Los Angeles on Aug. 22, 2012.)