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A couple of days ago, dropped out of Broadway show Orphans, citing "creative differences" as his reason for jumping ship. If that had been the end of the tale it would have been neither controversial or particularly interesting. Luckily for us, this was only the beginning of what has become the most bats**t mental Hollywood story of 2013 so far.

The saga started to get interesting when LeBeouf decided to publish the private email correspondence he had between himself and co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge on Twitter. While they were full of pretentious drivel and barf-inducing back slapping, the real comedy gold came when LaBeouf emailed his director and described to him what it means to be man.

Check it out for your fix of cod-philosophy and faux-intellectual musings on masculinity. Basically it's bulls**t:

So according to Mr LaBeouf, being a man means you are able to judge your peers by the bling they wear and you can drop your steak in the dirt and not give a damn. WTF? How could someone write such absolute nonsense?

Well, in a twist of -esque proportions it turns out that Shia didn't write this trash at all, but in fact lifted it from an Esquire article back in 2009, titled "What is a Man?".

No really.

Some of the other selected musings from the article that LaBeouf didn't include in his email included:

  • A man doesn't point out that he did the dishes.

  • A man is comfortable being alone. Loves being alone, actually. He sleeps. Or he stands watch. He interrupts trouble. This is the state policeman. This is the poet. Men, both of them.

I don't know what's worse; publishing private emails sent in confidence by work colleagues, or plagiarizing a magazine article and passing it off as your own.

As for the stage play, LaBeouf has been replaced by The Mechanic's .

What do you guys think it takes to be a man? Drop your profound suggestions in the comments section below.


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