Shia LaBeouf Caught Stealing Again at ‘Nymphomaniac’ Premiere

Shia LaBeouf Caught Stealing Again at 'Nymphomaniac' Premiere

Star's premiere get-up rings eerily familiar

Apparently, Shia LaBeouf wouldn't know an original idea if it bit him on his smug nose. Even if it had to gnaw through a paper bag to bite him on said nose.

The “Eagle Eye” star made headlines over the weekend when he showed up on the red carpet for the Berlin premiere of “‘Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Version)” with a paper bag over his head.

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It was a striking look, but certainly not his own.

As fans of bizarre 1970s TV offering “The Gong Show” will recall, paper-bag chic was rocked to great effect by a mysterious comedian who went by the name The Unknown Comic. Who, in addition to working the look before and better than LaBeouf, had the added benefit of actually amusing people with his shenanigans.

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TheWrap has reached out to Murray Langston, the man behind the Unknown Comic persona, but has not received word back from Langston.

LaBeouf has recently developed a reputation for having sticky fingers in the idea department. After it was pointed out that LaBeouf's “” project bore a striking resemblance to the Daniel Clowes comic book “Justin M. Damiano.” LaBeouf issued an apology. But then was caught with his hand in the idea jar once again, apologizing to “Girls” star Lena Dunham after she made fun of his sky-written apology to Clowes — by quoting Dunham.

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LaBeouf was even caught quote-pilfering during the “Nymphomaniac” premiere, quoting French soccer star Eric Cantona before bailing on a press conference.

And now, this.

No question: When it comes to “borrowing” ideas, Shia LaBeouf has got it in the bag.

  • Howard Cantour

    Shia wants so badly to be taken seriously as an artist, yet he's done nothing of worth (aside from “Nymphomaniac”) and has proven he has no artistic integrity whatsoever.

    He goes on and on about how artists shouldn't want to be paid for their work or hold copyright over their work, but I can guarantee he'd change his tune if he was no longer paid to act. Actually creating art for a living is hard; Shia does not create art, and has been privileged for most of his life. For him, art is something to look at and imitate, because he's never actually had to create art to make a living.

    His self-righteousness on this issue doesn't help — he acts like he's some kind of genius art messiah, here to break down the walls of copyright and free everyone from the evil artists. In reality, he's a sad, deluded hack who can't understand why people think his attempts to be taken seriously are pathetic.

    Seriously: look at his Twitter. He posts pseudo-philosophical nonsense like a third-year English student on MDMA and takes offense when someone questions his “artistic integrity.”

    The guy starred in “Transformers” and “Eagle Eye.” What artistic integrity?

    Oh, well. Either he'll grow up and realize he's an idiot, burn out and drop out of public life (that would be nice), or go completely off the deep end and spend the rest of his life spreading his “philosophy” on IMDB and Reddit.

    Or he'll kill himself, which, to be honest, would be the only entertaining thing he's ever done.

    • neemer5

      Wow, talk about an obsessive rant.

  • Ret

    Sorry, it just seems people are LOOKING for things to say he copied, even if it is plausible he didn't. I highly doubt one born in the late 80's would know too much of Gong Show gags.

    Sorry to shit on the circlejerk, but holy shit.

    • neemer5

      Even if he did know, how is this any different than other artists paying homage to people on the red carpet?

  • David M Cooper

    mindless twit


    TECHNICALLY the real person he copied is SIA! she did this exact same thing on the cover of Billboard not even 5 months ago! originality is DEAD!

  • neemer5

    OK I don't like Shia, and he's clearly gone off the deep end. But just
    because he wore a bag over his head does not mean he plagiarized. Nor
    does quoting someone else. If he claims he invented the idea of wearing
    a bag at the red carpet, then its a different story. But clearly you
    guys are trying to pile it on.

    If it was another actor, you'd be saying they were “paying tribute.”