Shia LaBeouf, Hollywood actor and self-published comic book artist, posted his short film HowardCantour.Com on Monday; the film has been making the film festival rounds, but it wasn’t until it was shared online that audiences noticed it was…more than meets the eye. (Cue synth guitar, robotic “pew-pew” noises.)
HowardCantour.com, about an online film critic played by Jim Gaffigan, apparently takes its plot and entire swaths of dialogue from Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic by artist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf gave no credit to Clowes in the film, nor did he attempt to secure the rights to Justin M. Damiano, and now Clowes is considering his legal options.
No stranger to digging holes for himself, LaBeouf dug an even bigger one Monday night, when he posted an apology on Twitter that was found to be copied from a Yahoo! Answers comment by a poster named Lili. So Shia LaBeouf, caught plagiarizing, then plagiarized his apology for plagiarism–and that’s not even the first time he plagiarized an apology. That is some stone cold Megaton-level villainy right there.
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