US actor Shia LaBeouf certainly stole the show on the red carpet at the Berlin Film festival at the premiere of Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac: Part 1’, wearing a paper bag over his head with the words “I am not famous anymore”.
Co-stars including Uma Thurman and Christian Slater joined him on the carpet ahead of the film’s screening out of competition.
Screened in two parts, ‘Nymphomaniac’ is a drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of fifty.
LaBeouf plays Jerome, one of the leads in Lars Von Trier’s controversial film. Co-star and newcomer Stacy Martin has been praised for her performance:
“I really trusted Lars and I have always really loved his films, so the sex scenes for me really were part of the film. And I trusted Lars and I trusted that, so immediately it makes the job much easier. And I talked to Shia a little bit before, it wasn’t like ‘Oh hi, we’ve never met, OK lets get naked.’ No. So there was a lot of discussion and a lot of preparation, and so at the end of the day you just want to start filming,” said Stacy Martin.
The paper bag stunt was the latest in a string of bizarre incidents on the part of Labeouf, who earlier walked out of the movie’s press conference. Asked about the movie’s explicit sexual content, the actor replied with a mysterious quote he borrowed from Eric Cantona:
“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much,” he said before rising and leaving the room.
World-famous footballer Cantona made world headlines when he uttered those lines before walking out of a press conference in 1995.
‘Nymphomaniac’, staring Charlotte Gainsbourg as adult Joe, is out now in several European countries.