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Shia LaBeouf Admits He 'F*cked Up' by Not Crediting Daniel Clowes as the Inspiration Behind His Short

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 17, 2013 at 9:50AM

Over the weekend, Shia LaBeouf messaged Indiewire on Twitter, linking us to his directorial, a short titled "HowardCantour.com," starring Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic named Howard Cantour. We posted it on Monday, dubbing it a "memorable movie that should only serve to encourage LaBeouf to further test the directorial waters." Later that day BuzzFeed called out the short for its remarkable semblance to "Ghost World" artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic "Justin M. Damiano."
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Shia LaBeouf

Over the weekend, Shia LaBeouf messaged Indiewire on Twitter, linking us to his short titled "HowardCantour.com," starring Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic named Howard Cantour. We posted it on Monday, dubbing it a "memorable movie that should only serve to encourage LaBeouf to further test the directorial waters." Later that day BuzzFeed called out the short for its remarkable semblance to "Ghost World" artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic "Justin M. Damiano."

As it turns out, the site's observations were spot on.

In the wee hours of the morning, LaBeouf took to Twitter again, this time not to promote, but to apologize.


The actor next appears in Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," which Magnolia opens Stateside early next year. For our review go here.

This article is related to: Shia LaBeouf, Short Film, Shorts