During a press conference in Berlin for his new film Nymphomaniac, the actor got more than a little miffed when he and his co-star, Stacy Martin, were asked about their sex scenes.
Stacy gave a very diplomatic answer to the question and then looked to Shia to throw his two cents in...and that's when things got interesting.
"When the seagulls," he said, before taking a huge gulp of water, "follow the trawler...it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea, thank you very much."
And with that, he was gone.
While you may not have heard that quote before, Shia didn't just whip out the bird-friendly phrase on the fly (see what we did there?)--the quote and dramatic exit were first utilized by former Manchester United footballer (see: soccer player) Eric Cantona back in 1995.
What Shia did after that, though, was pretty original. About an hour after the press conference, he made his appearance on the red carpet wearing a brown paper bag over his head with the words "I am not famous anymore" written in big black letters across the front.