The Transformers star hit Twitter Tuesday to apologize after Buzzfeed pointed out some very interesting similarities between 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano written by Daniel Clowes, and LaBeouf's new short film HowardCantour.com.
The two were so similar in terms of story content and dialogue that they both started with this narration by the main character:
"A critic is a warrior, and each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish (whether a film, a career, or an entire philosophy) by influencing perception in ways that if heartfelt and truthful, can have far-reaching repercussions."
"Copying isn't particularly creative work," Shia tweeted. "Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work," he wrote. "In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation."
"Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration," he continued. "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. I f--ked up."
Meanwhile, Daniel was oblivious to Shia's film or the similarities until someone called it to his attention this week.
"The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf," Clowes told BuzzFeed. "I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall - and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."
Shia posted the film online Monday, but first debuted it at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival, according to the site.