Shia LaBeouf Just Can’t Stop Himself From Stealing Everything On The Internet
You guys know we are big fans of Shia LaBeouf. He’s such a stone cold fox, so we were beside ourselves when we heard he’d posted his directorial debut online yesterday. But then our dreams were crushed when some nobody came along and said our beloved Shia just straight up stoled from him.
Shia LaBeouf posted his new short film HowardCantour.com online on Monday, having first debuted the work at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The piece stars Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic named Howard Cantour, and it is almost a direct adaptation of Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic written and drawn by famed artist Daniel Clowes.
Nowhere in the promotion for or credits of the film does LaBeouf mention the Clowes comic; Eric Reynolds, longtime editor of Clowes’ comics and associate publisher at Fantagraphics, called the film “shameless theft!”
LIES!!!! LIESSSSSSSSS! Lies from the pit of hell! Shia would never steal never ever wever! We’re sure there are no similarities whatsoever between Shia’s masterful short film and this Daniel Clowes nobody.
Both the film and comic (below) begin with narration by the main character, who says, “A critic is a warrior, and each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish (whether a film, a career, or an entire philosophy) by influencing perception in ways that if heartfelt and truthful, can have far-reaching repercussions.” […]
The parallels continue through the end of the film and the pieces share many more direct quotes.
Oh, well. Mistakes were made. We have no doubt in our minds that Shia’s apology, though, will be the most heartfelt and original atonement that has ever been atoned.
Urm. Turns out that he stoled his apology as well.
[H]is tweeted apology? Just like his apology to Alec Baldwin, he ripped that off too. From Yahoo Answers, when answering the question “Why did Picasso say “good artists copy but great artists steal” four years ago, 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 the “stolen” concept.
Look at these terrible monsters intimating that Shia has done this sort of thing before, when we know this is simply unpossible. His apology to Alec Baldwin was written in real Shia blood sweat and tears, carved into Shia’s heart, right?
It was quite recently announced that LaBeouf would be leaving the Broadway play Orphans over disagreements with fellow actor Alec Baldwin. Shia then released his apology email to Baldwin via Twitter because, I don’t know, why would you keep something like that private? […]
[I]t’s entirely plagiarized from some dumb Esquire essay called How to Be a Man, published in 2009.
Oh Christ, we give up. Shia, we can all see you! We’re standing right here! We, too, have the internets, so the chances of you continuing to lazily google your way to critical acclaim is pretty much zero. Hope those Indiana Jones residuals will be enough for you in your dotage.
There’s some delightful LaBeouf/Clowes mashup art happening already, as you can see here. See how we did not just stealsied that picture and post it and first say it was ours and then say we neglected to collaborate or attribute and instead just said oh hey go here and look at a thing someone else made? THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT SEE IT IS NOT HARD.
Check out our hot hot orgy of attribution links below, because that’s just how we roll.
[LaBeouf photo by PR Photos]