In the latest in a string of inexplicable behavior, actor Shia LaBeouf abruptly exited a news conference Sunday after giving a nonsensical reply to a reporter's question, and then covered his head with a paper bag at a red-carpet premiere that night.
On a panel in Berlin promoting "Nymphomaniac," provocative director Lars von Trier's new sexually graphic ensemble drama, LaBeouf was asked about appearing in a movie containing numerous sex scenes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 27, responded contemplatively, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."
He then stood up and left, to the surprise of fellow stars Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard and Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth, who lightly applauded, the magazine said.
LaBeouf's unattributed line is by the philosophical French soccer legend Eric Cantona, the Reporter added. The end-credits of director Ken Loach's film "Looking for Eric" (2009) features news-conference footage in which Cantona makes the seagulls-and-sardines comment.
At the red-carpet premiere for the film that night, reported Variety, a tuxedo-clad LaBeouf wore a paper bag over his head. Adorning the bag was the phrase "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE." From Jan. 13 through Feb. 8, LaBeouf has tweeted those words 21 times on his official page.
He also he lunged at three men trying to take his photo Sunday in the lounge of Berlin's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Friends intervened and cut short an altercation, The Hollywood Reporter said.