LeBeouf Is Bailing…For Now

Nobody can fathom why Shia Lebeouf simply didn’t admit to “sampling” a Daniel Clowes comic-book character (i.e., Justin M. Damiano) at the beginning of HowardCantour.com, his recently released short film. All he had to do was say “ripped off from Daniel Clowes…due respect but this was the process.” But no — he tried to pass it off as an original.

In any event, Lebeouf has now tweeted that he’s “retiring from all public life.” Not really. He’s just an emotional guy who’s throwing up his hands and saying “fuck it” for the time being. He’s feeling heavily assaulted and is basically taking a vacation from the slings and arrows. He’ll be back in a year or so. His Clowes plagiarism thing was an artistic felony, of course, but he presumably learned a lesson. I’m guessing that he’s retiring like Frank Sinatra retired in ’68 and like Steven Soderbergh is retired now.

Five and half years ago in Cannes I made the mistake of congratulating Lebeouf for having reportedly gone “into the program” after a couple of episodes indicated he had an alcohol problem. He said I had heard wrong, that he wasn’t going to AA meetings, “just livin’ my life,” etc. Then I saw Lebeouf glare angrily at Carey Mulligan at an October 2009 Manhattan press event for An Education (they had been having an affair during filming of Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street sequel and things were apparently winding down). I put two and two together and said to myself, “This guy has a couple of issues.”

  • Michael Gebert

    I am big, it’s the pictures that got small!

  • D.Z.

    Oh, if only Shia did an updated, “I learned it from watching you!” PSA for plagiarism clip with appearances from Tarantino, Nolan, and Aronofsky. Oh, and that Hunger Games chick. Anyway, I’ve said it elsewhere, but the only reason he’s getting flack for the Clowes plundering is because he’s the Transformers kid, and not an overrated hack of a director who conned his way into being a “critical darling”.

    Anyway, I guess this is karma for ripping off Rear Window with Disturbia, even if Dreamworks was able to buy off a judge into saying otherwise.

  • Marty Guerre

    It just keeps getting better.

  • Paul Marzagalli

    This seems to be setting it up so that the “Shia LaBeouf” song from a couple of years ago becomes reality. Guess I better not go walking in the woods any time soon.

  • Muscle McGurk

    Unlike sinatra and soderbergh, nobody cares if and when he comes out of retirement.

  • I put two and two together and said to myself, “This guy has a couple of issues.”

    Also, insane good fortune to actually get near these broads, considering a not exactly huge abundance of good looks or charm.

  • Little Jake

    At least he made Nymphomaniac. Nothing else matters.

  • GigglesForGigli

    He’ll always be the little asshole from Project Greenlight 2 in my eyes.

  • Keith Emroll

    But it doesn’t seem like he learned anything.

    His subsequent “apologies” for what her did were – by and large – lifted from what other people said. People were catching so many of them that I started wondering if it was some big performance art thing, like “I’m Still Here” was.

    And it’s not like the Clowes thing was the first time. I think it was just the first time he got caught in a big way. I remember reading some of the stuff he posted back when he dropped out of the play “Orphans” with Alec Baldwin. He lifted some quotes directly from a book on acting by David Mamet, and he presented it like it was his own.

    I find it equally confusing that one of his last tweets was #stopcreating. So now he’s a martyr for creativity? As if lifting things verbatim and passing them off as your own is creative!

  • What he really needs, though, is a testimonial video from Leo: “Shia Lebeouf has learned from his mistakes…he will never steal ideas again. Nowadays, he is giving back to society….by motivating and inspiring a whole new generation of would-be idea thieves.”

  • Steven Gaydos

    If Shia has actually retired, I need to call Sean Connery because he will want to send over a muffin basket to congratulate him and encourage him to stick to his guns.

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  • Luke Lyt Thompson

    I think the better comparisons is to say “I presume he’s retiring like Joaquin Phoenix retired.” This is at the point of performance art now.

  • Brian Bouton

    The guy is funny but a television-sized talent. I hope he gets picked up in a few years on a basic cable show where he can display the comic timing that made him interesting in the first place.

  • Jenna

    Shia is a fucking cokehead douchebag!!! He’s creepy
    & needs to go away. I remember meeting him at one
    of those A list clubs in LA a few years back & he
    was such a sweaty slobbering train wreck, it was just
    gross! His lame twitter-for-attention antics reek of
    pretentious desperation. He is a sad sad piece of work.