Shia LaBeouf, that dust devil of celebrity angst, swirled out of a press conference in Berlin for Lars von Trier's new sex movie Nymphomaniac after a reporter asked him a seemingly obvious question about doing a movie with so many sex scenes. LaBeouf, apparently nonplussed by the sex query, gave a characteristically bizarre answer: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." Then, he left the press conference.
LaBeouf was sitting on a panel that included Nymphomaniac co-stars Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgaard, Uma Thurman, and producer Louise Vesth, who all seemed just as surprised at LaBeouf's press rebuff (waka waka) as the press. They all applauded him, however, as he left, which might have just been part of a herd reaction to weird, discomforting behavior, or because some of them might have recognized that LaBeouf's seemingly random line is actually a line from French actor/footballer Eric Cantona, who said the exact same thing in 1995 when he received 120 hours of community service after kicking a football/soccer/communisttomfoolery fan in the chest.