Shia LaBeouf caused a stir at a premiere for Lars Von Trier’s controversial film Nymphomaniac in Berlin by arriving with a paper bag covering his head.
LaBeouf, who stars opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg in the explicit erotic film, was at the Berlin Film Festival to promote the movie, but opted for some unusual attire: a black tuxedo with a bow tie, and a brown paper bag placed over his head bearing the message “I am not famous anymore”.
Before arriving at the premiere, he had also stormed out of a press conference after answering just one question. After a reporter asked him about filming sex scenes for Nymphomaniac, he quoted former footballer Eric Cantona and said: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.” You can see footage of the incident below.
LaBeouf, who garnered controversy after it was revealed that his directorial debut HowardCantour.com had plagiarised a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, previously claimed that he sent pictures of his penis to the production team behind Nymphomaniac in order to land a role on the film.
He portrays a seedy office worker named Jerome in the film, which traces the sexual progress of a woman, played by Gainsbourg, from her youth to the age of 50. The film, which is set to open in two parts on March 21 and April 18, 2014, also boasts Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe and Connie Nielsen in its bumper ensemble cast.