Posted: 1:39 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Shia LaBeouf is in hot water for allegedly plagarizing material for a short film he made. The movie Howard Cantour – about a film critic – debuted for the world online Monday.
But almost immediately the Fury actor was called out by fans of writer Daniel Clowes, who wrote an almost identical piece of work in a 2007 graphic comic. So identical in fact that fans contacted the author to make him aware. Clowes then told Buzzfeed that he’d never met LaBeouf, seen any of his work, and was shocked that the 27-year-old actor “passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”
So Shia was pretty much forced to respond to the plagiarism claims, of which fans of Clowes noted entire passages were lifted word for word from his comic to Shia’s film without any credit.
LaBeouf responded on Twitter Tuesday saying, “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 naivete as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation…
“I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit Daniel Clowes 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 Daniel Clowes to know that I have a great respect for his work… I f**ked up.”