Shia LaBeouf F***ed Up


Shia LaBeouf seems to hover in that not-quite Joseph Gordon-Levitt ether. He also suffers from a chronic case of the not being very likeable (we’re surmising based off of his on-screen forays, though Alec Baldwin might have something else to say about his off-screen antics). And while he’s been tackling some uncharacteristically-complex roles both as the lead in Charlie Countryman and his much-hyped (and much nude) role in the upcoming Lars von Trier-directed Nymohmaniac, it’s his recent foray into directing that has the actor backpedaling. Earlier this week it was revealed that the actor plagiarized text in his new film, a claim that he has since validated.


The short film HowardCantour.com debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, but only became available online this past Monday, Dec. 16th. It took a few hours for internet buzz to build, as the noticeable similarities between the short film and a 2007 comic titled Justin M. Damiano written by Daniel Clowes became increasingly evident. Example: how both films open with the same dialouge, a big red flag in the world of original ideas. “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.”

In a statement given to Buzzfeed, Clowes said “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 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.” He plans to take legal action.

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