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Zach Braff defends crowd-sourcing to fund new film


Actor Zach Braff has defended his decision to appeal to the public to help finance his new film, insisting he doesn't have "Oprah Winfrey money."

The former "Scrubs" star launched a campaign on Kickstarter last week to raise money for "Wish I Was Here," a follow-up to the 2004 comedy-drama "Garden State." He reached his online goal of $2 million in just four days and donations have continued to pour in from fans willing to help out.

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The fundraising success has prompted some critics to call out at Braff for failing to use his own earnings to back the project, but the actor tells the Los Angeles Times, "People seem to think I have Oprah Winfrey money. I've done well in my career, but I am not sitting on $22 million.

"People who don't like what I'm doing, that's fine. That's the great thing about crowd-sourcing: It's very pragmatic. You're into it or you're not. There are obviously a lot of people who like the idea and will support it. I feel like we've all joined this little club and we're going to make a movie together."

Braff's film has attracted more than 32,000 supporters, with 23 days still to go.

May 2, 2013 4:57AM
Honestly, I don't see a problem with it. It's all voluntary anyway, so if you don't like it don't fund it.
May 2, 2013 5:57AM
It's people's business what they want to do with their money.  If they want to support his project then they are free to support it.  It is not illegal.  And Hollywood is probably getting mad because he's going outside their boundaries and they can't control the project.  People in this country try to find fault with EVERYTHING other people do.  There is no fault to find here.  Go Zach!  Hope you get more than enough money to fund the project. 
May 2, 2013 4:53AM
Hes getting royalty checks too from all the reruns (there seems to be lots of TV stations airing  SCRUBS).. Hes not Oprah rich but hes doing pretty good.  My problem is after the movie is shot/produced, who gets the revenue?  Since he privately financed it (theres going to be some studio involvement) so the money is going to get split with a studio(s) but none of the people who helped fund it are going to get $, other than a thank you credit. 
May 2, 2013 6:22AM

Give him kudos for chutzpah! Garden State did $35mil on a $2.5 million budget so someone got rich. Maybe Ben Affleck will ask us to help fund Gigli 2......


May 2, 2013 6:45AM
So peeps support higher taxes but not asking for donations!?   lololololololol
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