Shia LaBeouf Makes Red
Statement—In a Brown
We get it Shia LaBeouf, you are not famous anymore. Now, can you take that brown paper bag off your head, please?
While walking the red carpet for the Nymphomaniac Volume I premiere at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 9, LaBeouf made a fashion—and public—statement.
“I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,” were the words written on a brown shopping bag that masked his face.
They were also the same words he tweeted every day since Jan. 20. The first time he tweeted it was Jan. 13 resulting in over 7,300 retweets.
Why might this former Disney star turned mega Transformers star not want to be in the public spotlight anymore?
“In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” he tweeted last month. “My love goes out to those who have supported me.”
The attacks he is referring to resulted from the accusation he received of copyright infringement and misappropriation of screenwriter Daniel Clowes’ work.
In a cease and desist letter LaBeouf shared, Clowes’ lawyer states the actor’s 2012 short film Howard Cantour.com was copied from Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano.
LaBeouf wore his typical baseball hat, NYPD sweater and jacket during the film's press conference.
Even though he chose to cover his face at the red carpet, he opted to reveal a more normal, everyday look during the press conference for the film which took place earlier in the day at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
However, the 27-year-old actor left the press conference after being asked one question regarding the sex scenes in the film.
And of course, he made a joke out of it.
"When the seagulls follow the trawler," Shia said after sipping some water, "it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."
Known for quoting famous people, this is the same quote French footballer Eric Cantona gave back in 1995.
From Left: LaBeouf, producer Louise Vesth, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, director Lars von Trier and Uma Thurman.
Out of place, Shia was the only one amongst his fellow co-stars and the film's producer and director who didn't make an effort to dress nicely for photos.