The six crazy steps that lead to Shia LaBeouf ‘retiring'
Shia LaBeouf has followed in the footsteps of Canadian popstar Justin Bieber by announcing his retirement via Twitter.
The actor took to the social media site to pronounce “I am retiring from all public life”. You can read his triptych of ‘retirement’ posts below.
In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014
My love goes out to those who have supported me.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014
The announcement comes after the film-maker became embroiled in a plagiarism row surrounding his short film ‘HowardCantour.com’ which resulted in LaBeouf being issued with a Cease and Desist by comic book author Daniel Clowes.
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But how did the controversial actor get to this point and what has led him to ‘retire’. Let’s break it down shall we?
Spot the difference... A panel from Clowes' original comic and a shot from LeBeouf's short (Credit: Penguin/howardcantour.com)
1: HowardCantour.com appears online
The actor-turned director was accused of ripping off 'Justin M Damiano’, a short comic from the creator of ‘Ghost World’, as soon as his short film appeared online at shortoftheweek.com on December 16, 2013.
Commenters were quick to point out that the film borrowed heavily from Clowes’ comic and the short film was taken offline.
The website updated the original story with this comment: "Shortly after releasing this film and posting this review, it’s become clear that a significant portion of HowardCantour.com was taken without permission or credit from a comic by the legendary Daniel Clowes. We were led to believe by Shia and the filmmaking team that the story was original. The film has now been removed."
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2: Shia fesses up
The 'Transformers' star took to Twitter the following day to admit his short film has been ‘inspired’ by the Clowes comic, posting: "In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.”
Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
He apologised to those who watched it assuming he had written the story, but fell short of apologising directly to Clowes, something he has since done via Twitter.