US actor Shia LaBeouf has walked out of a news conference for director Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac at the Berlin Film Festival. LaBeouf left after 10 minutes, quoting footballer Eric Cantona’s famous 1995 line: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” that was before LaBeouf turned up on the red carpet at the film’s premiere wearing a paper bag on his head, on which he had written: “I am not famous any more,” according to dailylife.com. The film’s director, Lars von Trier, was a no-show at the press conference – no surprise there, given his remarks at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 that he “understood” German dictator Adolf Hitler. But when von Trier did surface at a photo call to promote Nymphomaniac, he was wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “persona non grata”, no doubt a reference to the fallout from the Cannes scandal.
When Uma Thurman and Christian Slater fronted the press later, they tried to make light of LaBeouf’s walkout by saying the film contained “a lot of sardines.”
Nymphomaniac, directed by Trier and starring LaBeouf and Uma Thurman, has created headlines because of its steamy sex scenes.
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