Shia LaBeouf wears a paper bag on his head to the premiere of Nymphomaniac at Berlin Film Festival following Eric Cantona plagiarism

The actor – who recently claimed his entire life was an art project – took to the red carpet wearing some rather fetching head gear

Just when you thought plagiarising former French football international Eric Cantona was the weirdest thing Shia LaBeouf was set to do at the Berlin Film Festival, he went and did this.

For the premiere of Lars von Trier’s typically controversial new movie Nymphomaniac, the actor – who recently claimed his entire life was one, long extended performance art project– took to the red carpet wearing a rather fetching paper bag on his head.

Scrawled across the bag in question in large black letters were the words ‘I’m not famous anymore’, a phrase no doubt referring to one of many erratic tweets he posted as he announced, shortly before the whole art project thing, his ‘retirement from public life’.

Retiring from public life, it seems, does not exclude incredibly public appearances at international film festivals. Or, indeed, bizarre statements about seagulls following trawlers at press conferences.

 

Just hours before the premiere, LaBeouf found himself sat with a panel including Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth in front of a room full of journalists.

Asked about his decision to star in a movie with so many sex scenes, he bent low over the microphone and replied: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.

“Thank you very much.” 

He then got up, pushed the mic away and stormed out of the conference, leaving the audience and his fellow panellists mystified.

Even more bafflingly, it seems LaBeouf was back up to his old plagiarising tricks: the quote is the exact same famous words that Manchester United football player Eric Cantona spoke shortly before walking out of a news conference in 1995 following his conviction for assault.

The actor, who recently admitted he was asked to send pictures of his penis to producers to score the role in Nymphomaniac, has been locked in a cycle of media ridicule and bizarre reaction since it came to light that he had plagiarised graphic novelist Daniel Clowes' work in a short film called Howard Cantour.com he made for Cannes Film Festival last year.

Read More: Shia LaBeouf Plagiarises Justin Bieber By Coming Out Of Retirement To Retire
Shia LaBeouf Caught On Camera Headbutting Man In Pub
Shia LaBeouf Walks Out Of Press Conference After Quoting Eric Cantona
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Management Trainer

£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Exciting career opportunity to join East...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Scientist / Research Assistant

£18000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious start-up company b...

Reach Volunteering: Chair of Trustees

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Do you love the Engl...

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin