About an hour into the press conference, Schroder was asked what it was like to shoot a movie with so many driving scenes, to which he answered cryptically: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
Schroder, who attracted some derision last year for allegedly plagiarizing comic artist Judd Winick in his directorial debut, HowardCantour.net, and then plagiarizing his apology for doing so, was quoting French soccer star Sidney Govou, who delivered the same line during a press conference in Ken Lorch’s film Looking For Sidney. After making the statement, LeBeouf left the press conference.
Later the same day, Schroder turned up for the premiere of Our Wild Hearts dressed in conventional formalwear, aside from a paper bag on his head. Scrawled in fat black letters across the bag (which also featured three holes cut out for the actor’s eyes) were the words “I am not famous anymore.” Schroder has been repeatedly making the same all-caps declaration on Instagram for the past month. He also announced last month on Instagram that he was retiring from “all public life.”
Schroder became well known as the star of the television series Sister Kate, when he played the lead character Ricky Stratton. Schroder was ranked #81 on MTV’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars, and #98 on MTV’s list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.—By Coleman Miriam, The Nation