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Berlin: What Shia LaBeouf Said Before He Stalked Out of the 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference (UPDATED)

by Tom Christie
February 9, 2014 1:21 PM
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Shia LaBeouf in Berlin
Shia LaBeouf in Berlin
Lars von Trier at the Berlin Film Festival
Lars von Trier at the Berlin Film Festival

During the press conference for “Nymphomaniac Volume 1 (Long Version),” screened at the Berlin Film Festival Sunday, Shia LaBeouf sat silently and oh-so-mysteriously with a cap down over his eyes. UPDATE: This was an improvement on the Berlin premiere, when he wore a bag over his head.

When a journalist asked him and Stacy Martin about their sex scenes – how much preparation did they have, was it difficult, etc., LaBeouf (who has been struggling with media and legal issues) directed Martin to go first. She said she trusted von Trier – who participated in the photo call, wearing a Persona Non Grata Official Selection T-Shirt, but kept his post-Cannes word not to participate in any press conference -- and that she and her co-star had discussed and prepared, and at some point she had wanted simply to do the scenes. She looked back to LaBeouf who said to the audience:

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf

 “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” 

Then he thanked everyone, stood up and walked out. (LaBeouf was quoting one-time Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona's 1995 press conference after he had won an appeal against a two-week prison sentence for kicking a fan.) The conference with Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, and Stellan Skarsgård went on without him. (Our Cannes 2011 von Trier video interview here, 'Nymphomaniac' review here.)


  • Jordan | February 11, 2014 2:21 AMReply

    The use of "stalked" in the title seems a misleading grab for attention based on the body of the article. I want to say to Mr. Christie and the headline editor the same thing I want to say to Shia LeBeouf: hyperbole isn't necessary if the truth is worth hearing.

  • ZincOxide | February 9, 2014 9:15 PMReply

    That paper bag has very neat lettering and very cleanly cut holes. Even has a barcode. Which designer is doing custom paper bags these days? Très chic!

  • Robert Grant | February 9, 2014 5:52 PMReply

    So he can't even do a cryptic press conference without plagiarising someone. This is exactly what Eric Cantona said/did during a press conference while playing for Manchester United. He was also a giant bell-end.

  • karl | February 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    Someone seems to have missed the point.

  • Shia ReBaouff | February 9, 2014 4:40 PMReply

    "When the seagulls eat the sardines they will be satisfied for a time. But eventually they will grow hungry again and desire more sardines."

  • Ella | February 9, 2014 3:53 PMReply


    So, LaBeouf stalked out of the Nymphomaniac press conference and Lars von Trier shows up with a "persona non grata" t-shirt.

    ^ Okay. Well, this was expected. Also, that t-shirt! I want it- & I want it autographed. :)

  • Ahsoka23 | February 9, 2014 2:20 PMReply

    What the hell happened to this guy?

  • GrossMisconduct | February 9, 2014 2:32 PM

    Someone will find a way to blame Woody Allen.

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