Shia LaBeouf, you messed up.
The actor is under fire for plagiarizing his new short film HowardCantour.com that he posted online on Monday after it made its debut at Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. The film, which stars Jim Gaffigan as an online movie critic, is almost identical to Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Justin M. Damiano from 2007.
After posting the short film online, fans of the author immediately accused Shia of plagiarism, especially since nowhere in the credits does he give any mention of Clowes’ work. Um, whoops? To see the similarities between Shia’s film and Daniel’s comic, check it out here.
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And as if Shia plagiarizing a well-known graphic comic wasn’t bad enough, he went ahead and plagiarized his apology! You really can’t make this stuff up, you guys. After facing the constant criticism for his “work,” Shia headed to Twitter to give his apology. The problem with this was the fact that what he said was similar to a posting that was found on Yahoo! Answers nearly four years ago. Yup, this is real life.
Answering to the question “Why did Picasso say, ‘Good artists copy but great artists steal?’” user Lili wrote, “Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize [sic] the ‘stolen’ concept.”
Now let’s take a look at Shia’s Twitter apology: “Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.” Wait a minute – we see a similarity here. Oh, it’s because it’s the exact same quote!
The rest of his apology went like this: “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation… Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration… I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it…. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.”
A little while later, Shia added, “I f--ked up.” Yes. Yes you did, Shia.
What do you think about Shia completely copying someone else’s work?
Did it make you look at him differently or do you not really care?