Shia LaBeouf Vows to Retire from Public Life After Plagiarism Accusations

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Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has come under a lot of fire over the past month, following the discovery that his short film¬†HowardCantour.com appeared to be heavily based on Daniel Clowes’ comic book Justin M. Damiano, to the point that LaBeouf’s film had actually lifted dialogue directly from the comic. LaBeouf did not credit Clowes for providing the source material and the comic book writer has stated that LaBeouf never got in touch with him to talk about it.

As if the accusations of plagiarism weren’t controversial enough, things got even more bizarre when LaBeouf posted an apology on Twitter that seemed to have been copy and pasted from a post on Yahoo Answers. In other words, the apology for the plagiarism had also been plagiarized. LaBeouf then took things to a new and even stranger level by hiring a sky-writer to spell out “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” in the clouds over Los Angeles.

This week, however, LaBeouf has apparently undergone another change of heart and has lashed out once again at Clowes by posting on Twitter, “Storyboard for my next short “Daniel Boring” its like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan’s Island.” The storyboard is clearly based on Clowes’ graphic novel “David Boring,” and LaBeouf’s appropriation of it seems to be a form of backlash against the criticism of HowardCantour.com. The storyboard is laid over pictures of Seth Rogen and Patton Oswalt, both of whom spoke out against him for ripping off Clowes’ work.

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Sure enough, Clowes’ laywers were none too amused. LaBeouf went on to post a letter of warning sent to his own lawyer by Clowes’ legal representative, who describes LaBeouf as “seriously out of control” and insists that he “stop his improper and outlandish conduct directed at Mr. Clowes and his works.” The sky-written apology was dismissed as “foolishness.”

While publishing the storyboard for “Daniel Boring” may seem like an unambiguous attack on Clowes, LaBeouf didn’t respond well to the reprimand. Describing the recent controversy over HowardCantour.com as “attacks against my artistic integrity,” LaBeouf announced that he is henceforth retiring from public life entirely. He has not yet deleted his Twitter account.

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LaBeouf then followed the tweet up with two additional ones: “My love goes out to those who have supported me,” and finally “#stopcreating.” The last one could be interpreted as a threat to retreat from the film industry altogether – or at least from writing and directing – but it’s very doubtful that either proclamation of retirement is going to stick on a permanent basis. Mostly it just looks like LaBeouf is throwing a bit of a tantrum.

If nothing else, though, LaBeouf’s antics (which, as far as we know, are not part of a Joaquin Phoenix-style faux meltdown) have certainly provided some entertainment for the quiet month of January. For the more traditional kind of film entertainment, LaBeouf can also be seen in David Ayer’s upcoming World War II drama Fury, which is out this fall.

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  1. LOL! Dang I seem to be one of the few on here who thinks he is a good actor…

    But geez he is a big punk and baby acting like this.

    Could have been an easy fix

    1. Call and apologize to Clowes personally
    2. Meet with Clowes and his peeps and come up with a way to pay him
    OR come up with a way to get Clowes name included
    OR scratch the short video all together
    3. Apologize again
    4. Address the public that it is being handled with Clowes and his reps. Express that he feels ashamed and that it is a learning experience.
    5. Let it go and move past it

    • Hmmm… Yeah, I agree.

      He is being kind of a big baby over this. It’s not that big a deal. He didn’t hurt anyone. *shrugs*

      :/

      It’s a shame, I thought he was a semi decent actor. He’s not bad, but he’s not THE best.

  2. I never really understood why people liked him. He seems so douchy to me.

  3. Please let this be true.

  4. i wonder if the next guy that gets busted ripping other people off in Hollywood they start calling it LaBeoufed

    • Holy sh*t. Copyright that now!

  5. OPTIMUS!!!!!!!

    • nonononononono. NO!!! no no no NO!

  6. The first original thing I have heard out of his mouth lately.

  7. LOL!

  8. Gordon-Levitt is awesome. Jonah Hill is the shizz. Aaron Taylor Johnson is awesome. Wallace, my bad Michael B. Jordan is dope. But I’m not talking about just one-note, one-off acting, I’m talking about what it takes to be a brilliant actor. You have to a certain upbringing in which you constantly re-do yourself into someone else, like a psychological sociopathic issue.

  9. For example, you move constantly throughout your youth and every town you go to you adopt a new accent, mannerisms, persona. I mean maybe LaBeouf hasn’t been given a good enough role, I dunno. But if you study psychology you can point out amazing actors like (finger snap) that!

  10. Andrew Garfield is terrific but he doesn’t have that ‘tortured soul’ Aaron Taylor Johnson has it. It’s that Ryan Gosling (not that I’m one of his myriads of ‘fans’) way of being brilliant without saying hardly anything an entire film. Anton Yelchin has it too, Charlie Bartlett was kind of amazing. It’s the subtle things ya know. Like the way Hardy’s eyes moved when talking to Bale in the pitt.

  11. As for Jesse Eisenberg and Efron!? George Michael Bluth can out act both of those posers. In order to be a ‘true’ actor, and i dont mean celebrity or movie star or talented actor, but a true actor, you have to be kinda effed up in the head. Who’s better Andrew Garfield or Dane Dehaan? Hiddleston’s Loki or Ledger’s Joker?

  12. Christian Bale in The Fighter was better than anything Mark Wahlberg has ever done. Jamie Foxx in Ray was better than anything Denzel has done. Leonardo Dicaprio or Matt Damon? Did RDJr out act everyone in Avengers? A popcorn flick that really didn’t need that kind of true acting. River Phoenix, amazing actor, tortured soul. Joaquin Phoenix, brilliant actor, kkinda off…. Maybe I’m just a Holes fan.

  13. Don’t call out Cap ’cause I’ll debate when it comes to filmmaking.

  14. Something’s seriously wrong with young people in Hollywood. The guy’s a good actor, yet he just destroyed his own image by doing this.
    I loved most of his movies, so I hope he does settle this with the other party and comes back.

  15. Letter looks not real ! :)

  16. So his character on-screen is the same character off-screen? The more you know.

    • +1 lol

  17. Shia, Shia,

    You used to be cool. You used to be about the farts. (Even Stevens)

    Now all you care about is the art.

  18. On a positive note…this has led to some fun being had on Comedy Central’s @midnight

  19. I liked him in movies, but boy is he off his rocker and needs some serious help. It seems as if he is on a quest to give Justing Bieber a run for his money in dickish behavior. Whoever wins, we lose. Hm… this just gave me an idea for a poster. :D

  20. I can forgive Shia LeBeouf for his average acting and poor role choices but what I can’t for give is his plagiarism. As some one who has had his artistic work plagiarised (although not to this extent) I can tell you there is nothing more frustrating than seeing some one else rip you off. I also find Shia’s childish reaction to these accusations completely repulsive and pathetic. I think this kid needs a wake up call.

  21. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  22. yeah couldnt care less about this. but im commenting.

  23. Lol ‘retiring from public life’?

    Think it’s more accurate to say he’s been fired.

  24. Dude is clearly on drugs. Yet another Disney victim