In 2012, LaBeouf debuted with a short film HowardCantour.com about a film critics’ life. The feature received a positive feedback and was shown on Cannes Film Festival. But after a while it was found that this creation was an almost exact adaptation of a graphic novel by an underground cartoonist Daniel Clowes known for “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential”.
It not only had a similar story but also contained exactly the same scenes and a shamelessly copied parts of the dialog. On the wave of interest, the media found out that the actor resorted to plagiarism fourteen times. But his reaction was even more unexpected than the fact of a shameless act of imitation: LaBeouf deleted the film from the Internet, claimed that he was just inspired by the known comics and posted apology tweets that were also plagiarized from other famous figures. And all this was after LaBeouf hired a company to make an eight-kilometers-long inscription in the sky with an apology to Daniel Clowes. It looked like an overt trolling.1 comment