BERLIN – Shia LaBeouf stormed out of a press conference for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Sunday after answering one question.
About 10 minutes into the press conference, LaBeouf was asked his first question, which was about doing a movie with so many sex scenes.
He slowly and deliberately said: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
The troubled actor's bizarre behavior started Saturday night when three young men tried to snap a picture of him at the lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, only to have LaBeouf lunge towards them.
Several acquaintances of LaBeouf quickly intervened and defused the situation. But there’s little anyone can do to control LeBeouf, whose bizarre antics and statements, including declaring that he’s retiring from public life, don’t appear to be any closer to ending.
He’s in Berlin for the world premiere of Nymphomaniac: Part 1, and his unkempt appearance – including a missing bottom tooth – caught many of those at the Ritz off guard. Turns out the actor shaved down his tooth for Fury, David Ayer’s World War II pic that also stars Brad Pitt and recently wrapped shooting. It seems LaBeouf wanted to better replicate life on the frontlines. He’s also noticeably thinner.
Last month, he got into a bar fight at a London pub, for which he quickly apologized.
The "seagulls" line is a quote from French soccer legend Eric Cantona who is featured in Ken Loach's Looking for Eric. The film ends with footage of Cantona at press conference where he made the seagulls statement while the credits roll.
LaBeouf has developed a reputation for Tweeting famous apologies from other celebrities after he plagiarized an apology to apologize for plagiarizing 2007 comic Daniel Clowes for his short film HowardCantour.com.
After LaBeouf's exit, the press conference continued with the film's other stars Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgaard, Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth.