During a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival, actor Shia LaBeouf storms out after saying a not-so-famous quote, while his costars continue on answering questions for the fans and for the press. In addition to his mid-questioning departure, directly before the panel discussion Shia’s red carpet walk included a tuxedo and a paper bag with the words, “I am not famous anymore,” which he also has been posting on Twitter since January 13, written in thick, black marker, covering up his face.
Shia LeBeouf has made headlines in the last few years for his “bizarre,” “odd,” and “unconventional” behavior, and news sources worldwide are adding the actor’s most recent choices to that list. Shortly after LaBeouf’s announcement of retirement, that ended after only three weeks, he returns to make news for his behavior more than for his work.
Reports of his sex scenes in Nymphomaniac proceeded the film’s release at the Berlin International Film Festival, but when asked questions about his role in the film, and the risque portrayal of Jerôme, the 27-year-old actor did not make it very long on stage. The film, created in two parts, is the story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, a woman named Joe, who discloses her past sexual experiences, from childhood to age fifty. The role of Joe is played by Charlotte Gainsbourg; Seligman, played by Stellan Skarsgård, is a man who saves her life, and Shia brings the role of Jerôme, Joe’s partner and the father of her son, to life.
With a paper bag, and several Twitter posts within the last month, Shia LaBeouf says his piece: “I am not famous anymore.” In direct contradiction, the actor who found Hollywood fame at a young age, stars in the two part, Nymphomaniac, and participates in the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stellan Skarsgård, the film stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater, who all walk the red carpet before taking the stage for the Nymphomaniac press conference. Shia is seen wearing the brown paper bag, with two holes cut out for his eyes.
The Berlin event, more appropriately titled Berlinale, began on February 6 and continues, with events and films, until the closing and award ceremony that takes place on February 15, 2014. The press release for Nymphomaniac featured a panel of the actors to discuss part one of the film’s story, both directed by Lars Von Trier. According to the Huffington Post, Shia LaBeouf was asked one question about his reaction to and experience in filming the script’s vivid sex scenes, to which the young actor dropped the quote, “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” He then thanked the audience and left the stage. His words come from French actor and former international football (soccer) player, Eric Cantona, but without explanation as to what this quote represents for LaBeouf.
With the combination of his red carpet attire, his disheveled look for the press conference, and his awkward exit mid-event, reports are wondering what is going on with actor Shia LaBeouf. His decision to make the statement with a paper bag, that says, “I am not famous anymore,” is in direct opposition to the promotion of his current film. With Transformers and Wall Street on his resume, it will take more than a paper bag statement to shake his level of fame.
By K. Corrine Van Vliet