How far would you go for attention?
If you’re 27-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf, the answer is to attend the red carpet premiere at the Berlin Film Festival for your latest movie wearing a paper bag mask with the words “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” written in black Sharpie on the front of the mask.
Woah, that was a mouthful.
This is not the first time we have seen that phrase from LaBeouf, however. Nor is it the only strange behavior he’s exhibited this year.
Earlier that day at a press conference, reporters asked LaBeouf how he felt about taking part in his new film Nymphomaniac, particularly the explicit sex scenes. His reply was a direct quotation from Manchester United soccer player Eric Cantona in 1995: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
He then got up and left the room, leaving everyone in attendance totally stumped by his reply. He had only been there for 10 minutes.
The situation is certainly a strange one, made even stranger by the events that resulted in LaBeouf’s “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” Twitter rampage.
Back in December, LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing author Daniel Clowes’ work for his short film “HowardCantour.com.”
The former child star later apologized to Clowes via Twitter. But only a few days later, he took his apologies to a new extreme with more plagiarism by tweeting public apologies of various other celebrities (all available for viewing on LaBeouf’s Twitter).
Things got even weirder when LaBeouf hired an airplane to sky write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” in the skies above Los Angeles.
So what do you think? Is my generation’s beloved star of Even Stevens looking for attention, or is it a serious cry for help? Let me know in the comments!