Shia LaBeouf Turns To Skywriting For Latest Apology


Shia LaBeouf began 2014 like he closed out 2013: by apologizing. LaBeouf, who came under fire after it was revealed that the premise for his short film was lifted from comic artist Daniel Clowes without permission, hired a skywriting company to spell out "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" over Los Angeles on New Year's Day. LaBeouf tweeted a photo of his apology:

“I imagine airplane messaging is the norm in Hollywood, but someone really should have informed Mr. LaBeouf that Mr. Clowes lives in the Bay Area before he went to all that trouble,” Eric Reynolds, Clowes' editor, told BuzzFeed when asked about LaBeouf's latest act of contrition.

LaBeouf's short, titled "," included many similarities to Clowes' 2007 comic, "Justin M. Damiano."

"The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf,” Clowes told BuzzFeed's Jordan Zakarin in an interview on Dec. 16.. "I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall -- and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."

LaBeouf apologized profusely for his actions, but never actually explained why he thought it was acceptable to lift Clowes work without credit.

In addition to those tweets, LaBeouf spent the last two weeks of December tweeting out other famous apologies, also without credit. This one, as THR noted, was from Mark Zuckerberg.

LaBeouf also plagiarized apologies from Alec Baldwin, Tiger Woods and Russell Crowe. Prior to the skywriting, LaBeouf commented on his whirlwind two weeks.

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

According to TheWrap, LaBeouf hoped to work out a deal with Clowes to properly credit the artist. From the site's exclusive report on Dec. 17:

LaBeouf’s overture may include a monetary settlement of some kind, though how much wasn’t immediately clear, as the film wasn’t meant to be a profitable enterprise. But a deal would almost surely include proper credit in the film’s credits, which previously made no mention of Clowes’ source material.

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