Shia LaBeouf Apologizes for Plagiarizing with a Plagiarized Apology.
On Monday Shia LaBeouf posted his new short film Howard Cantour online, having first debuted the work at the May 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The short film stars Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic named Howard Cantour, and it is a plagiarized adaptation of Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic written and drawn by famed artist Daniel Clowes.
The question is, did Shia LaBeouf do this so people would watch the movie – since they most certainly never would have watched a short film without the surrounding controversy? – or is he just thatstupid?
Shia LaBeouf has plagiarized before, taking blocks of quotes from an Esquire article and pasting them into an email he sent Alec Baldwin that Alec Baldwin posted online.
Clowes is best known for his alt-comics, such as Wilson and Ghost World, the latter of which was made into a film 2001. He also wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of his comic Art School Confidential.
The Howard Cantour official website was takend down. But you can watch the movie here.
Watch the movie below. And read the comic below that – from which the movie was plagiarized.
And this is what Shia LaBeouf says about the plagiarism.