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Shia storms out on Berlin press over sex question

11 February 2014

Let's (not) talk about sex.

Troubled Hollywood star Shia LeBeouf stormed out of a Berlin Film Festival press conference for Lars Von Trier's controversial film Nymphomaniac.

Responding to a question about the number of sex scenes in the movie, he bizarrely quoted French footballer Eric Cantona and walked out.

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much,”said LeBeouf, who was missing a lower tooth.

The rest of the panel - including Nymphomaniac stars Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth - looked stunned before gently applauding while LaBeouf headed off.

The troubled actor's offbeat behavior started earlier in the weekend when three men tried to take a picture of him at the lounge at the Berlin Ritz-Carlton only to have LaBeouf lunge toward them.

Several acquaintances of LaBeouf quickly intervened and defused the situation. Apparently, the actor had shaved down his tooth for Fury, director David Ayer’s World War II pic that also stars Brad Pitt and recently wrapped shooting in Oxfordshire.

Last month, he got into a bar fight at a London pub, for which he quickly apologised and before that he plagiarised an apology to apologise for plagiarizing comic Daniel Clowes for his short film HowardCantour.com.

Von Trier himself raised eyebrows at  the press conference by wearing a T-shirt with the words 'persona non grata' referring to his expulsion from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 because of dubious comments regarding the Nazis.