It’s looking like someone wants out of Hollywood and he isn’t being subtle about it.
Shia LaBeouf made a statement Sunday at the 64th International Berlin Film Festival for the premier of his new film, Nymphomaniac, by wearing a brown paper bag over his face. With only eyes cut out for him to see, streaked across the bag in black marker were the words “I am not famous anymore.” The fashion statement was in stark contrast to his event appropriate black suit and bow tie attire.
Ironically, boldly stating he wants out of the celebrity life has put him directly in the spotlight. Maybe that was his point? But who knows what he’s trying to prove with his symbolic and metaphorical actions.
The brown bag situation was the second time he made a scene that day. Earlier on at the press conference for Nymphomaniac, LaBeouf pulled quite a stunt when asked about the sex scenes between him and his co-star Stacy Martin. LaBeouf first let Martin graciously answer the question, saying she trusted the film’s director/writer, Lars von Trier. But when it was LaBeouf’s turn to comment all he said was “When the seagulls,” stopping for a drink mid sentence, “follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much,” and he casually walked out of the press conference with his hands in his oversized jacket pockets.
If those words sound familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve already already heard them before. French soccer player, Eric Cantona first said the line in 1995 during the press conference after his court appeal on assault charges.
The events in Germany this weekend, though bold, are nothing new for LaBeouf. Every single day since Jan 20, he has tweeted one tweet, “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,” with the latest tweet being from yesterday.
I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 9, 2014
At the start of the year, LaBeouf was criticized for plagiarizing Daniel Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano for his short film Howard Cantour.com. LaBeouf confessed to the mistake but insisted it was out of adoration for Clowes’ story. Since the incident, LaBeouf has taken to Twitter to express his regret and has decided to stop creating and retire from the public life.
In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014
Maybe his recent actions in Germany are just him keeping his word and not being in the public eye; by leaving the press event and covering his face, he is not there.
It will be really interesting to see if he gets his Twitter unverified — the virtual symbol of true celebrity status (which he currently holds). Reading through Shia LaBeouf’s tweets, he has a very realistic sense of the world as he goes on about how all art is a copy of something else and these days it’s all for profit — comparing that with the days of telling stories by the campfire for fun.
If LaBeouf really wanted to get out of Hollywood, all he has to do is stay quiet. He’ll know he’s not famous anymore when Dancing With The Stars starts knocking.
What do you think of LaBeouf’s statement in Germany? Is he on to something regarding the way the entertainment industry works?