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Morgan Freeman

TAKES A SHOT

at Zach Braff

5/10/2013 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Morgan Freeman ain't happy with Zach Braff -- and last night, the Hollywood legend told TMZ ... the "Scrubs" actor SCREWED UP BIG TIME when he went to the Internet and said M.F. was a fraud.

The back story is a little complicated -- but we'll boil it down for you ...

Braff has been under fire recently for launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new movie he wants to make. Critics say Braff is abusing Kickstarter -- a crowdfunding website -- because it's intended to help struggling entrepreneurs who generally don't have access to people with deep pockets ... not huge, rich stars like Zach.

So ... Braff hosted an online Q&A session to address the controversy -- and, while trying to explain the importance of being honest with his fans, dragged Freeman into the controversy.

"People can smell bulls**t a mile away ... look at what happened when Morgan Freeman did that AMA on reddit," Braff said.

FYI -- an AMA (or Ask Me Anything) is an online chat session where the person agrees to personally and honestly answer ANYTHING from fans. After Freeman's lackluster AMA session recently, people suspected Freeman's rep was actually answering the questions for him.

"There was huge backlash because it was so clearly a film publicist answering for [Freeman]," Braff said.

Last night, Freeman finally responded to Braff's allegations -- and it's clear, Freeman no likey.

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31.

Diane     

Two liberals battling for nothing. Move along- nothing interesting here.

346 days ago
32.

BECKER    

KRAP BRAFF IS DONE ONE FAIR TV SERIES AND DONE MORGAN FREEMAN IS AN ICON NOT A DOUCHE BAG LIKE BRAFF

346 days ago
33.

Turk182    

Zach Braff is about as funny as first grader telling a "Knock, Knock" joke.

346 days ago
34.

luckycat    

MORGAN IS AN ALMOST BILLIONAIRE HAVING CONTRIBUTED NOTHING OF VALUE TO SOCIETY.
MORG YOU ENDANGERED THE PUBLIC AT LARGE WHEN YOU GOT A B.J.WHILE DRIVING AND WRECKING.TAKE REESE ASHLEY OR YOUR STEP GRADE DAUGHTER FOR A RIDE SOMETIMES!
SHUT UP YOU OLD OVER RATED FOOL.

346 days ago
35.

Scary    

Way to go, deflect criticism off your self by bringing up something unrelated.

346 days ago
36.

J    

Zach Braff is the ultimate D-Bag

346 days ago
37.

bernergirl    

Love MF, but he should have been answering the questions, it's fair criticism if true.

346 days ago
38.

carol    

I'm one of Zach's contributors and I must defend him. We who contributed know he has his own money, some of which he is putting into this project. He didn't force any of us to contribute. He has been honest and upfront about where the money for the film is coming from - some from people like us who wanted to contribute, were not forced to but wanted to. We know he has contacts who have money and some of them are a part of this project as well. I like MOrgan's acting, not his personal life like dating his granddaughter through marriage or whatever that deal is. I just feel Zach doesn't deserve to be called a fraud because he isn't. Many of us have helped other Kickstarter campaigns. We know what we are getting into.

346 days ago
39.

Handymike    

M.F. frecklefaced fool!!! ZB Rules!!!

346 days ago
40.

Loud4Many    

D-bag Braff has peaked. He comes across as someone who arrived late to the party and then attempts to be the center of it, while everyone else roles their eyes.

346 days ago
41.

roll3567    

I'm glad this is all these two asshats have to worry about.

346 days ago
42.

ummmAnyways    

Calm down black Lincoln

345 days ago
43.

Me    

I won't blame Zach Braff for seeking to finance a movie without the Hollywood producers' well oiled usury. I understand that the latter may be wary of losing their inflated annuitant cut if people start to get alternative financing over kickstarter or elsewhere...

345 days ago
44.

jayman419    

Double Fine Productions, which has created (and brought to market) more than a dozen video games, as well as working with massive publishers like Electronic Arts. A Twitter conversation with a "deep pocketed" friend resulted in a massive investment from Dracogen Strategic Investments.

Yet when they still went to Kickstarter and grabbed up a few million dollars to make a new game.

So why does Braff deserve any criticism when Tim Schafer gets a pass? Maybe it's just because Shafer has more fans? He did the studio thing with Garden State... maybe he'd just like a bit more freedom on his next project?

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard just spend a while hitting the talk shows talking about how expensive making a non-studio movie actually is. They didn't go to Kickstarter, but they also employed friends (like Bradley Cooper) and family (like mama the caterer) who agreed to work for well below market.

Now if Joss Whedon took his Avengers money to the bank and had then asked Kickstarter to fund Much Ado About Nothing, that might be a bit crass.

345 days ago
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