Last month, actor/filmmaker Shia LaBeouf came under fire when it was discovered that his short film HowardCantour.com was plagiarized from the 2007 Daniel Clowes comic Justin M. Damiano, both of which revolved around an online film critic. If you have been following the actor on Twitter, you'll know that he has sent out a number of tweets where he apologizes continually for his actions, although those tweets themselves have all been lifted from various sources. Last night, the actor made the first original gesture since this controversy came to light, apologizing to Daniel Clowes once again, via a skywriting message. Take a look at the photo and several of the actor's tweets over the past few days, then read on for excerpts from a bizarre interview with the actor.
CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT pic.twitter.com/jw9JlEi791— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 1, 2014
I am sorry for all the plagiarized tweets, they all were unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 31, 2013
You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 31, 2013
He also tweeted this statement, lifted from the Jay-Z song "What More Can I Say?" but it was later deleted.
"I am not a biter. I'm a writer for myself and others. I steal some plot points & dialogue. I'm only big'n up my brother"
Hours after his skywriting message appeared, Shia LaBeouf spoke with Bleeding Cool, where he was asked whether his apologies using other people's words is a part of some sort of larger art project, or an attempt to "wind people up." Here's what he had to say.
"Both. I never asked to be paid. And never profited off anyone's back. Acting is Plagiarism Like magicians. We tell you we're gonna lie to you."
When asked if his apology was actually truthful, he responded with this statement.
"I'm very sorry. I have agents to suss out material. I have a lawyer to get me out of jail. Nothing is original. Creativity is just connecting things."
He also quipped that authorship and censorship are one and the same.
"Authorship is censorship. Should God sue me if I paint a river? Should we give people the death sentence for parking violations? You'll not only have less parking violations but less DRIVERS."
It isn't clear where all of this is heading, but we'll keep you posted on any further developments of this Shia LaBeouf plagiarism saga.