Shia LaBeouf apologizes after plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic for his short film
So, you've no doubt heard the buzz about Shia LaBeouf being accused of plagiarism for his new short film. It goes like this. LaBeouf made a short film entitled HowardCantour.com, starring comedian Jim Gaffigan, which debuted at Cannes in 2012 and made its online debut yesterday here. However, it's release spawned an immediate reaction from those that recognized the short film as a near direct adaptation of a 2007 comic by artist Daniel Clowes' (GHOST WORLD), entitled "Justin M. Damiano." (What is further baffling is that no one caught this at Cannes in 2012). Word spread and even got back to Mr. Clowes, who responded to the film by saying:
“The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf. I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”
LaBeouf later responded via Twitter with an apology and an excuse, saying that he is an "amateur filmmaker" who "got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation." He continued his apology, addressing Daniel Clowes himself and ended it the only way he could. Read the full apology below (via Twitter):
- Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.
- 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
- I fucked up.
Well, I don't think there's any doubt about the last part. It's been an interesting road for LaBeouf since emerging on the scene. He went from dissing both the TRANSFORMERS and INDIANA JONES films after being given the opportunity to, y'know, star in them, and has since gone on to continue with public fueds with fellow actors and the press. LaBeouf is certainly a man on his own path, even if it's a rather destructive one and he's almost become an easy target at this point.
Is there redemption for LaBeouf or does he seem destined to shoot himself in the foot (i.e. career)?
LaBeouf will next be seen in Lar Von Triers' NYMPHOMANIAC vol. 1 & 2 in March/April 2014.