Berlin: Lars von Trier Skips ‘Nymphomaniac’ Press Conference; Shia LaBeouf Storms Out

Shia LaBeouf
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BERLIN — Danish director Lars von Trier may be persona non grata in Cannes, but he was clearly missed at the press conference for “Nymphomaniac – Volume 1” at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday.

But the maverick helmer was in the German capital, and appeared at the film’s photo call in a black T-shirt with the Cannes logo on it, and the words “Persona non grata” emblazoned beneath.

During the press conference, the helmer’s modus operandi was very much the focus of all the actors’ comments.

“I’ve never been on a film where the director was so in command of every department,” said Christian Slater. “He has such soul.. a very kind heart.”

“It is not challenging at all to work with him,” said von Trier regular Stellan Skarsgard. “It is easier, and more fun.”

SEE MORE: Shia LaBeouf Wears Paper Bag on Head to ‘Nymphomaniac’ Berlin Premiere

“Lars kept telling me that I was over-acting, but that is nothing new,” said Uma Thurman, who said she was given a script with a seven-page monologue. “We kept doing these 25 minute takes all day. It was unbelievably lively, refreshing, and like acting almost in the theater or acting for the first time in a film.”

“Lars creates great conversations, great dialogue about subjects we may not always feel comfortable with,” said the film’s first-time actress, Stacy Martin.

The hero-worshipping must have been too much for the tortured, slovenly-dressed Shia Laboeuf (he sported a filthy truckers’ cap, a hoodie and purple socks).

“When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” stated LaBeouf enigmatically, before abruptly walking off stage 10 minutes into the conference.

“The second part is slower, goes more to the heart of Lars’ theme, it is more explicit,” said Louise Vesth, the film’s producer. She ducked questions about when the second, longer version will get a festival screening, but did not deny that it might show up in Cannes in May.

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  1. Roger says:

    LaBeouf used Cantona’s quote. In his press conference annoucing his retirement in 1995, footballer Eric Cantona gave that exact quote to reporters before abruptly leaving. It’s not a crime to use someone else’s quote, but as it’s famously Eric Cantona’s departing quote, which most people in Europe are familiar with and with the press conference being in Berlin, there are going to be comparisons. It’s impressive he knew and remembered the entire quote. It’s a funny quote and one that I’m sure many people would love to pull out at some point. LaBeouf saw his chance I guess and used it. Impressive that he knew and remembered the entire quote.

  2. Spike says:

    the more publicity hungry the filmmaker, the lousier the movie must be

  3. freeek says:

    Yet you know nothing about him.

  4. Leo says:

    This is not “enigmatic”, it’s soccer player Eric Cantona’s most famous sentence…

  5. damo78 says:

    Yes we all are aware of the plagiarism committed by Shai in the past but saying the same sentence another man once said cant be considered plagiarism at all, its called ENGLISH!
    if that were the case then everyone on earth would be to some degree guilty of the very same thing.

    • CutSickAss says:

      I agree, saying the same sentence another man once said cant be considered plagiarism at all, its called ENGLISH!
      if that were the case then everyone on earth would be to some degree guilty of the very same thing.

      • forestofpurple55 says:

        Great point CutSickAss… I never thought of it that way. I will credit you with this idea from now on.

  6. Marcel Kirf says:

    Shia is not the original – again!

    • freeek says:

      So he said the same sentence another person had said. Sue him for that you idiot.

    • Howard Fan says:

      OK. Now I know that the kid has to be doing some sort of ongoing Joaquin Phoenix biybit about plagairism. This makes it obvious. Either that or he is trying to cover up his original real plagairiamplagairiam by making it seem like he was doing a bit all along. He clearly stole this from the soccer player in the video above. And he had to know it would be found. Or….he is just a complete idiot.

      • freeek says:

        He’s playing with all of you, the idiotic thing is most people are falling for it.

      • re: Or….he is just a complete idiot.

        Golly, ya think so? [playful sarcasm] Sheila LeBoof is p**sing away what’s left of his career…waitaminnit!!! I thought he “retired” from public life?!?

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