Shia LaBeouf Shows Up On The Red Carpet With A Paper Bag On His Head, So I Guess This Is Still Happening

Shia LaBeouf paper bag Berlin International Film Festival February 2014

For someone who keeps telling us he’s retired and no longer famous, Shia LaBeouf certainly does like showing up in the news. His Twitter feed is currently just a stream of “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” declarations, but this weekend he extended that concept to real life, showing up to the Nymphomaniac premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival wearing a paper bag over his head with the same message written on it. It’s funny that he keeps saying he’s not famous, because the stunts he’s pulling to drive that point home are kind of having the opposite effect. He should really reconsider his technique.

Before the red carpet, Shia joined his co-stars for a press conference, which he promptly walked out of after answering one question about the film’s sex scenes. How did he answer the question, you ask? Did he give a thoughtful analysis of his character’s motivations or share some insight into the thematic significance of depicting such explicit sexual encounters? Nope. He said this:

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

Those words of course did not come from Shia LaBeouf’s brain, as he’s currently on a strict plagiarism-only diet. They also did not come from a mad libs game. Rather, they were spoken by French soccer player Eric Cantona in the film Looking for Eric. It should also be pointed out that Shia was reportedly missing a tooth, which would add validity to that whole story about him pulling it out on set.

As you can see in the video below, Shia’s co-star Stacy Martin just laughs along like it’s all so entertaining and silly. I don’t want to put thoughts into her head, but I’d venture to guess that she’s not quite so amused on the inside. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stacy’s thinking the same thing I am: “So this is still happening, huh? Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.”

(Photo: Stephan Schraps/Future Image/

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    • LadyClodia

      I don’t care about Shia at all, and I’m pretty sure the only movie I’ve ever seen him in was the first Transformers, but this stuff is entertaining to watch and read about. He’s getting what he wants, right? To have people talking about him, but not in a way that has anything to do with his performances, movies, or projects. And when someone does try to talk about those things, which makes sense because that’s what he’s/they’re there to do, he deflects the questions in a bizarre manner. Is it a trainwreck or deliberate performance? I guess only time will tell.

    • J_Doe5686

      He was such a great actor. Unless this is an act but only Joaquin Phoenix can pull it off.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yeah I’m definitely getting shades of Joaquin.

    • angus seymour butz

      he is in the “artiste as eccentric” mode. like douche james franco who is a little more friendly

    • elle

      Franco did it first, Franco did it better, and Franco also recognized there is a line. Shia definitely crossed that line.

    • Yes, it’s weird, but…

      If this is all an act, then mad props for getting people to talk about him.

      But then I remembered a lot of Disney (and Nickelodeon) stars who started getting media attention in a bad way, so I just feel sorry for him.

      I wouldn’t want to laugh at a guy who, if one day, would be pegged as someone unstable. I think – maybe like Amanda, Britney, etcetera – he has his own demons to fight and he’s just dealing with it in an awful way. Just like most young stars who, in the end, were actually ill while all people just point and laugh because it’s funny and weird.

      It just shows how toxic Hollywood lifestyle is for someone who started out so young.

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