Shia LaBeouf wears paper bag, walks out of press conference - watch
Shia LaBeouf is continuing to make headlines with bizarre public behavior.
The 27-year-old "Transformers" actor had famously declared on Twitter on Jan. 10 that he was "retiring from all public life," following a plagiarism scandal over a short film he released, and has since Jan. 13 tweeted the message "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" every day at 3 p.m. ET (which means he may have it scheduled automatically). Those words were displayed over his face on Sunday, when he again raised eyebrows, this time at the Berlin Film Festival.
The actor attended the event to promote his latest movie, the racy "Nymphomaniac Volume I" wearing a paper bag over his head. On it read the words: "I am not famous anymore." (See more PHOTOS of Shia LaBeouf with his paper bag)
LaBeouf then took part in a press conference for the movie and walked out after answering one question.
The Associated Press reported that when asked if the actors were worried about the sex scenes in "Nymphomaniac," LaBeouf said, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much," then got up and left, to a smattering of applause and the surprise of co-stars Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgard and Stacy Martin.
His response was also a product of plagiarism -- French soccer star Eric Cantona of Manchester United uttered those exact words at a press conference when asked about an incident in which he kicked a heckler during a match in 1995. The quote is one of the most famous in British soccer history.
Director Lars Von Trier also made a statement at the Berlin Film festival -- he wore a T-shirt that contained the words "Persona non grata, official selection." The director skipped Sunday's news conference, the Associated Press said. Trier made headlines in 2011 when he was banned from the Cannes International Film Festival after he told reporters he is a Nazi and sympathizes with Adolf Hitler. He had later apologized for his comments and said they were made in jest.
"I am sorry Daniel Clowes"
LaBeouf has been the subject of criticism and ridicule on social media since the December release of his short film "HowardCantour.com," which borrowed elements from Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic "Justin M. Damiano." Following the backlash, LaBeouf admitted he didn't properly credit Clowes' work as the inspiration for his short film and in January, apologized to the author by commissioning a skywriting message over Los Angeles that simply said, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes."
On Jan. 31, LaBeouf was spotted at the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, standing outside one of the entrances and ranting about Hollywood to onlookers. According to witnesses, the actor had attended one of the comedy shows inside and had been asked to leave after being disruptive.
Watch a video of LaBeouf at the press conference for "Nymphomaniac Volume I" below. (Courtesy of the Associated Press)