Shia LaBeouf made quite an impression while promoting his new film at the Berlin International Film Festival this weekend. The actor stormed out of a press conference for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I after giving a bizarre answer to a single question on Sunday, and later donned a paper bag on his head for the red-carpet premiere of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
About ten minutes into the press conference, LaBeouf was asked what it was like to shoot a movie with so many sex scenes, to which he answered cryptically: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
LaBeouf, who attracted some derision last year for allegedly plagiarizing comic artist Daniel Clowes in his directorial debut, HowardCantour.com, and then plagiarizing his apology for doing so, was quoting French soccer star Eric Cantona, who delivered the same line during a press conference in Ken Loach’s film Looking For Eric. After making the statement, LaBeouf left the press conference.
Later the same day, LeBeouf turned up for the gala premiere of Nymphomaniac dressed in conventional formalwear, aside from a paper bag on his head. Scrawled in fat black letters across the bag (which also sensibly featured holes cut out for the actor’s eyes) were the words “I am not famous anymore.” LaBeouf has been repeatedly making the same all-caps declaration on Twitter for the past month. He also announced last month on Twitter that he was retiring from “all public life.”