Saturday, May 18, 2024

Shia LaBeouf Abruptly Exits Press Conference: Is He Next Celebrity Victim?


Shia LaBeouf has given the quote which will replace “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” as the enigmatic catchphrase of the 2010s.

Apparently at this morning’s press conference in Berlin for Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” Le Beouf said: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

Then he left without explanation.

LaBeouf has earned a reputation in a short time as a brawler, both physically and intellectually. He’s erratic, abrasive, obnoxious at times. He’s certainly uncooperative. LeBeouf blurts out shocking statements and gets himself into trouble all the time.

This morning in Berlin several reports also noted that he looked thin. He’s already gotten into scuffles there, as well.

Is Shia LaBeouf the next celebrity victim? Are we all going to say we saw the signs of trouble after something really awful happens?

The sardines quote is borrowed from controversial British footballer Eric Cantona. In April 1995 he received 120 hours of community service after kicking a fan in the chest during a game.

Of course, the statement is weird. But it just means he’s not going to be a target for journalists. But why walk out on the press conference? And before anything even happens?

“Nymphomaniac” needs all the help it can get. von Trier is in the public dog house after his comments in Cannes two years ago about being a Nazi. At that press conference, he also suggested his “Melancholia” actresses make a porn movie with him. Kirsten Dunst was aghast. But Charlotte Gainsbourg was evidently ok with it since she’s in “Nymphomaniac.”

von Trier also made one of the worst and most appalling movies ever, “Anti Christ.” He’s a barrel of laughs on a good day.

For some reason, Shia’s statement reminds me of Fiona Apple’s album title: “When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right.”

That would have been worse I think…


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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