Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Photo: Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf may have plagiarized the script for his latest film (and his first attempt at directing), but he’s willing to apologize in a way that he knows he’ll be heard loud and clear.

In December, Shia copied almost the entire script of his short film, HowardCantour.com, from a 2007 comic by Daniel Clowes, without giving any credit whatsoever to the original creator. Since then, Shia has faced so much backlash that he has removed the film from Vimeo. And although he’s already apologized (via Twitter… sigh), Shia felt it was necessary to try to make amends a second time — in the sky.

“I am sorry Daniel Clowes,” the message, which was visible over many parts of Los Angeles on Wednesday, read.  

“Mr. Clowes, I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us,” Shia tweeted. “I’m sorry.”

Shia’s apology may be too little, too late, though. According to what Daniel’s editor, Eric Reynolds, told Buzzfeed, Daniel’s interested in pursuing a lawsuit — and we don’t blame him.

Intentional plagiarism is one of those offenses that are hard to forgive. After all, we still have nightmares of our teachers listing off the possible consequences of copying someone else’s work: receiving a failing grade, being blacklisted by colleges, and facing eternal damnation and hellfire, to name a few. We can’t help but wonder if Shia caught wind of the fact that Daniel’s looking at his legal options and is trying to do some damage control before his mistake hits him in the wallet.

What do you think — is Shia sorry he did it or sorry he got caught? Weigh in below!

Source: Twitter, Buzzfeed