Shia LaBeouf Issues Apology For Dissing Artist Daniel Clowes
He’s no stranger to controversy, and Shia LaBeouf was called out for failing to credit Daniel Clowes as his inspiration for his “HowardCantour.com” short film.
The “Constantine” actor took to Twitter to apologize for his error and fully admitted that Clowes’ “Justin M. Damiano” comic was a big part of his creative process.
In a series of posts, Shia tweeted, “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.”
“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. I f*cked up.”
Clowes previously noted, "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. 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."