Shia LaBeouf and Eric Cantona - Sardines Chased by the Seagulls
By Johnlee Varghese | February 10, 2014 7:19 PM EST
Football genius and poet Eric Cantona had in 1995 delivered one of the most famous phrases football will ever come to know. And after almost 19 years, once again the immortal and completely baffling words: "When seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea" came back to haunt everyone.
Shia LaBeouf stormed out of a press conference for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" on Sunday after uttering the lines of Cantona.
Baffling as the phrase might sound, it doesn't need a genius to figure out the meaning of the comment first made by the French footballer and now repeated by the "Nymphomaniac" star.
How Cantona came to uttering the words will offer better understanding of the meaning of the phrase.
Cantona attracted headlines and controversy worldwide in 1995, after attacking a spectator with a 'kung-fu' style kick, which was followed by a series of punches. The spectator Matthew Simmons had used the words, "F*** off back to France, you French motherf****r". Following the brawl, Cantona was arrested and convicted for assault. At first he was sentenced to be imprisoned for two weeks, however, later it was revoked to 120 hours of community services.
It was then breaking his silence after the verdict, Cantona uttered the phrase to the assembled media.
There are two meanings, first one is directed against the press and the media that was hounding Cantona over the controversy. The seagulls, which is the press looking for their scoops that is the sardines. At other level, Cantona is also talking to himself and telling himself to make right of the Matthew Simmons incident and the aftermath of it that had caused much 'pain' to the footballer.
Now one would wonder what is LaBeouf trying to convey with his use of Cantona's phrase and the paperbag gimmick. At the Berlin Film Festival the 27-year-old star of "Transformers" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" put on a black tuxedo and bow tie - and had a paper bag on which was written "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE."
He is simply saying that he wants to be left alone and not hounded by the media.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
Join the Conversation
- Video Showing Mentally Disabled African American Shot 46 Times By Eight Police Officers For Just Holding A Penknife
- Brisbane Woman Performs Sex With Dog, Gets Charged With Bestiality
- Kate Middleton Pregnancy Update: Duchess Forced To Return To Royal Engagements, Feuding With The Queen Over Royal Duties---Report
- Google Loses Lawsuit Against Canadian Woman Over Breast Exposure
- Robbery Attempt in Sydney Bank, Armed Robbers on The Loose
- NATO: Russia's Been Conducting Too Many Military Flights Over Europe
- Nokia Lumia 730 v. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Motorola Droid Turbo: Comparsion On Processor, Software And Battery
- Moto X 2014 vs. Motorola DROID Turbo - Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Australia Special Forces Await 'Delayed' Iraqi Visas Before Joining ISIS Fight
- ISIS Has Been Equipped With Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Motorola Droid Turbo – S-Pen Is Note’s 4 USP But Droid Turbo Can Outshine With Larger Battery