The [article id="1719195"]strange case of Shia LaBeouf[/article] is getting stranger by the minute.
Earlier in the week, LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing comic book creator Daniel Clowes with his short film, "HowardCantour.com," a beat-for-beat replication of Clowes' comic "Justin M. Damiano," albeit with some name changes. LaBeouf later issued an apology for his actions — an apology that was also apparently plagiarized.
Since then, new instances of LaBeouf's history with "borrowing" from other creative minds have come to light. BuzzFeed reports that several of LaBeouf's creator-owned comic books feature passages taken directly from the works of French writer Benoit Duteurtre and the late Charles Bukowski.
In LaBeouf's self-published "Let's F---ing Party," he writes: "Poets don't anger anyone. Poets don't gamble. Here, they don't assassinate poets. Here, they don't notice them."
The words are taken from a Bukowski poem titled "assault," excerpted below:
"in America the poets never anger anybody. ...
"the poets don't gamble. ...
"here they don't assassinate poets ...
"they don't even notice the poets."
On Thursday, Dan Nadel of The Comics Journal identified himself as a victim of LaBeouf's plagiarism. He notes that the "About" section for LaBeouf's website, thecampaignbook.com, is virtually identical to the "About" section of Nadel's publishing company, PictureBox.
"Pretty amazing," Nadel wrote of the similarities. "And sad."
Even LaBeouf's Twitter activity has come under fire. Twitter user Rachel Axler noticed that in October, LaBeouf praised the new Cage album "Kill the Architect" using exact phrases from a BBC review of Nirvana's "In Utero."
LaBeouf is apparently leaning into the accusations; since word broke that his initial apology to Clowes came from a four-year-old Yahoo Answers entry, LaBeouf has issued five more apologies — all of them ripped.
On Wednesday, LaBeouf channeled Tiger Woods' 2009 apology for infidelity:
I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
LaBeouf next used former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's statements on the Vietnam war:
I was wrong, terribly wrong. I owe it to future generations to explain why.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
He closed Wednesday's trio of tweets by mimicking Kanye West's apology for [article id="1621389"]interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards[/article]:
It starts with this...I'm sorry @danielclowes— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 18, 2013
I want to thank all of you who have written in and created groups and protested. Even though I wish I hadn't made so many of you angry.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 19, 2013
I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment & I do take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone.— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 19, 2013
Returning to "HowardCantour.com," it appears that the similarities to Daniel Clowes' "Justin M. Damiano" was news to the film's cast and crew members. Representatives for "HowardCantour.com" star Jim Gaffigan told ComicBookResources.com: "Jim was an actor for hire on this project and had no creative input. We were all as surprised by this news as everybody else."
Clowes is reportedly investigating legal options against LaBeouf, according to his Fantagraphics publisher Eric Reynolds.
"I'm not sure if it's more disturbing that [LaBeouf] plagiarized, or that he could rationalize it enough to think it was OK and that he might actually get away with it," Reynolds said in a statement to BuzzFeed. "Fame clearly breeds a false sense of security."