Shia LaBeouf plagiarized his apology email to Alec Baldwin: douche move?

Shia LaBeouf

Hmm. If you couldn’t tell from the above photo, I’m sort of torn on how to best illustrate this latest Shia LaBeouf post. Most of the candid paparazzi photos of this guy have him looking utterly grungy and completely unwashed, so I opted for some photos of Shia at the Berlin film festival premiere of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Then I decided that if he was facing away from the camera, that was even better. I’m not disgusted by Shia’s looks when he cleans himself up, but he’s got such a terrible attitude that gazing at him is a real turnoff. We’ll get to the forward-facing photos in just a moment, so prepare yourself.

To recap yesterday’s weirdness, we covered the story of Shia “quitting” his big time Broadway debut, Orphans, after he threw a hissy fit and punched a hole in a backstage door. For whatever reason, Shia has endured the aftermath of his discontent by posting private emails on the situation to his Twitter account, and the most amusing thing about Shia’s departure is that he managed to go all ragey before Alec Baldwin, who is a notorious rage monster. Indeed, it seems that Shia’s departure from Orphans had to do with a personality clash between him and Alec. According to one particular email posted by Shia, a producer revealed, “You’re one hell of an actor. Alec is who he is. you are who you are. you two are incompatible.” For what it’s worth, Shia also tweeted this email containing an apology poem of sorts to Alec, which was all well and good except that he plagiarized all but the first and last lines from Tom Chiarella’s essay, “How To Be A Man,” for Esquire magazine. How charming:

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his avocation, not his hobby. Not his career. His job. It doesn’t matter what his job is, because if a man doesn’t like his job, he gets a new one.

A man can look you up and down and figure some things out. Before you say a word, he makes you. From your suitcase, from your watch, from your posture. A man infers.

A man owns up. That’s why Mark McGwire is not a man. A man grasps his mistakes. He lays claim to who he is, and what he was, whether he likes them or not.

Some mistakes, though, he lets pass if no one notices. Like dropping the steak in the dirt.

He does not rely on rationalizations or explanations. He doesn’t winnow, winnow, winnow until truths can be humbly categorized, or intellectualized, until behavior can be written off with an explanation.

A man knows his tools and how to use them — just the ones he needs. Knows which saw is for what, how to find the stud, when to use galvanized nails.

A man does not know everything. He doesn’t try. He likes what other men know.

A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to. He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering.

[From Esquire]

Beyond the douchiness of Shia blatantly lifting Esquire’s essay, does anyone else find it incredibly self-destructive that Shia is posting self-serving emails between himself and his (former) colleagues? I mean, he even posted Tom Sturridge’s confused “Wha?” message about this mess. Besides the fact that Shia is a whiny baby (and not a “man” as he seems to believe), he’s also airing emails that other people figured would be entirely confidential. That’s pretty unprofessional to say the least.

Shia also posted Alec’s response to his plagarized apology, which is below and included, “I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.” So there’s that, I guess. This is such drama between boys. Oh, and Shia’s already been replaced by Ben Foster. Good plan.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

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  1. Skipper says:

    Alec doesn’t usually get ragey in work situations, he is a professional so I’m not surprised Shia freaked out first.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    Wow. What an incredibly tacky thing to do. Even James Franco would come up with something original. And to post it publicly, not realizing that someone would make the connection? If he weren’t so repugnant, I might be a little embarrassed for him.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I don’t think his goal was to ‘steal’ it and claim i as his own. I think he ‘borrowed’ it. Kinda like people re-post famous quotes on facebook, or you send your bf/gf song lyrics that remind you of yur relationship. He just didn’t take the time to credit the original author.

      • T.Fanty says:

        That’s what my students say when they realize I’m going to fail them for plagiarism.

      • Mia 4S says:

        I don’t know why but the Franco comment made me laugh! Franco would come up with something original…it would suck…but it would be original. ;-)

        Shia’s the type who could easily come to a bad end, especially if his new “serious” career is not embraced. Something is really off there.

      • Addison says:

        I don’t see this as plagiarism. This is not school, and it is not meant to be published so I don’t think it counts. More like what you said.

        I’m more disgusted by his ranting and airing dirty laundry for the world to see. I thought he was a nice one. Not anymore. Too many stories about his bad behavior. Truly disappointing.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        I think it is plagiarism – he used it without giving due credit for the intellectual property of someone else. And, it was published, on Twitter — way more people will read this than ever read an essay submitted for class. And many of those people (myself included) wouldn’t have know it was stolen from someone else. But clearly, he’s pretty self-entitled.

    • Thiajoka says:

      Haha, yes! He’d come up with something original but awful, with obscure and inside references to make himself appear even more hipster and educated than he already thinks of himself as.

  3. Liv says:

    What an idiot!

    1. He didn’t even write this crap himself! Does a man copy and paste?!

    2. What is actually his talent? Writing is obviously not a part of it. So I suppose it’s getting drunk to “play” a drunk guy or having sex to act like someone who has sex?

  4. marie says:

    if it involves Shia, it’s always a douche move.

  5. Aussie girl says:

    I can not stand this boy child & his tantrums!!! He will never grow up

  6. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I think he starts losing it.

    Ben Foster is an awesome replacement.

    • Mia 4S says:

      I think the casting of Ben Foster is also a reminder to Hollywood stars. With a minuscule number of exceptions, you are replaceable. Shia’s out, here is Ben. Lindsay goes off the rails, Emma Stone takes her slot. Terrance Howard out, here’s Don Cheadle. Something to be said for manners and professionalism.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Exactly, Hollywood can be pretty forgiving when it comes to actors who messed up as long as they always have been good to work with and make an effort to redeem themselves. Winona got blacklisted after the shoplifting because she was difficult to work with, RDJ got another chance.

  7. bea says:

    He’s going to rage himself right out of a future. I’m sure a lot of it is due to immaturity and insecurity.

    If he was smart, he’d go for intensive therapy and make sure everyone knew about it and then try to relaunch with much humility. It’s that or Celebrity Rehab!

  8. Babalon says:

    “he’s also airing emails that other people figured would be entirely confidential. That’s pretty unprofessional to say the least.”

    That’s pretty unforgivable, IMO, and unnecessary. I used to be a fan but lately Shia has ‘been doin’ the most’ and it’s ridiculous.

  9. Emma says:

    I’m sad to here about all of his jerkiness. I really liked him growing up because of Even Stevens and Holes (so long ago), but he did not grow up well, or at all really.

  10. Bowers says:

    Copying an apology is the apex of insincerity.

  11. anneesezz says:

    It’s pretty bad when Alec Baldwin comes out looking like the good guy.

  12. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Interesting how his physical appearance and body language have changed since co-starting with Tom Hardy. Me thinks apologies aren’t the only things Shia’s copying these days.

  13. Agnes says:

    What a whiny, unprofessional, dishonest douche. No citation to the source or anything. A copied apology that’s atteibuted to the source would have been beyond lame, but at least honest. This is beyond anything that a professional (?) actor (?) should allow himself. Loser.

  14. lucy2 says:

    He is going to douche move himself right out of a career. Oh well.

  15. Dibba says:

    Sounds like “Clash of the Douches”. I think Baldwin wins. At least he’s proven himself in the industry. I saw Shia in Raiders movie. WTF? I mean aren’t dudes like him a dime a dozen? Why does he think he’s such a badass?

  16. INeedANap says:

    Ugh, the circlejerk between these guys is gag-inducing.

  17. kpist says:

    When a guy tells you why he’s a man, he’s probably not one.

  18. erika says:

    i disagree y’all – i know, i know…but alec is still the Overlord of Douchebags, he wrote the book and taught the class on how to be an overbloated, angry dick.

    if only i saw him on the street or sat next to him on a plane, i’d give him a piece of my mind…

  19. Ems says:

    What was your source for the wall-punching? I was looking everywhere for a more detailed explanation of what exactly was behind the “creative differences” and couldn’t find anything.

  20. elceibeno08 says:

    It is so hard to hate him when he cleans up like that. Someday he will surpass this immature phase he is going through.

  21. Thiajoka says:

    If you are making Alec Baldwin look sane, calm, and undouchey, you are really an asshat douche from Hell.

  22. henderswife says:

    Ben Foster is good in anything so I’m glad that he took the role. I used to like Shia but I’m so over him now.

  23. Simona says:

    Whatevs. Ben Foster is 10x better than Shia any day.

  24. kitkerenina says:

    ‘A man knows his tools…’

    Does this man know he”s a tool?’

  25. Ella says:

    How does the guy from Transformers and Indiana Jones 4 manage to surround himself with people who think he’s brilliant?

  26. another nina says:

    Every time I hear something about Tom Sturridge – it’s usually something nice and kind. It was a cool e-mail.

  27. Sarah says:

    I can’t help reading this in the voice of Jaqen H’Ghar from Game of Thrones. A woman is amused. A woman thinks a man is a pretentious wanker.