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Shia LaBeouf announces retirement

10 January 2014

Unless it all turns out to be a big art project or something.

Actor, director, writer, artist, and public-meltdown-celebrity du jour Shia LaBeouf has apparently retired.

In a series of posts on Twitter, LaBeouf announced that he would withdraw from public life entirely.

“In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” the actor wrote. “My love goes out to those who have supported me. #stopcreating”.

The “recent attacks against my artistic integrity” refer to multiple accusations of plagiarism from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, whose work appeared to be quite blatantly ripped off by LaBeouf in a short film he directed.

LaBeouf apologised, and even hired a skywriter to write “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES”, but later seemed to backtrack in a bizarre and pretentious examination of the concept of plagiarism via his Twitter feed and interviews.

In an absurd postmodern move, he apologised for his plagiarism by plagiarising a number of famous apologies, and came out with some peculiar defences of artistic appropriation, e.g. “Should God sue me if I paint a river?”

He also tweeted copies of Clowes’ cease-and-desist letter, which described LaBoeuf as “out of control”.

The actor - who made his name as the human foil to the Transformers movies - has exhibited increasingly off-the-rails behaviour in recent months. He reportedly took acid on the set of a recent film; sent Lars Von Trier a photo of his penis to secure a role in Nymphomaniac (and reportedly had unsimulated sex for the film); and apparently refused to shower for the entire duration of Brad Pitt war movie Fury - to the fury of the crew.

The vast press attention for his unpredictable conduct of late has apparently forced him to withdraw for good. But with a history of art-studenty showboating and self-referential pomposity, it remains to be seen whether this retirement will stick.

No doubt, many fingers will be crossed that it does.

[Source: Twitter]