“A man carries cash… A man can cook eggs… A man has had liquor enough in his life that he can order a drink without sounding breathless, clueless or obtuse… A man is comfortable being alone. Loves being alone, actually. He sleeps.”

In 2009 Esquire magazine’s fiction editor, Tom Chiarella, wrote an essay for an issue dedicated entirely to decoding the secret to being a man today: A rugged gentleman, an animal held accountable for his actions.

Chiarella’s words on being a man had such an impact on Shia LaBeouf that the actor quoted a larger section from it in 2013 when he apologized to Alec Baldwin over conflicting egos in an email.

To get a better sense of how LaBeouf views his own manhood and find the words that melted Baldwin’s angry heart away, read the full essay.

p.s. View photos of shirtless Shia LaBeouf in all his rugged manliness.

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