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Now, Baldwin is responding to the drama, saying he is "very disappointed" in the way LaBeouf has handled the situation.
"Regarding of what people feel about the events that happened, you expect communications to be private, because everyone wants this process to be as collegial as possible," Baldwin told The New York Times. "Everyone is very sad about what's happened."
There was one more interesting thing about the emails LaBeouf so publicly posted on social media: his “how to be a man” speech, used as an apology to Baldwin, seems to be eerily similar to an essay Tom Chiarella wrote for Esquire called, “What Is a Man.”
You can compare LaBeouf’s email exchange with Chiarella’s entire essay here — other than changing some names here and there, several parts appear to be lifted word for word.
Apparently if you Google “how to be a man,” Chiarella’s essay is one of the first that pops up. Still, the original author has found some amusement in all of it.
"I won't pass judgment on the guy, but I will say this: It's a very tough assignment. You're giving people words they might lean on someday. This is not the type of leaning I had in mind," Chiarella said. "I have to have a sense of humor. You write that and then everybody in the world either likes it or finds it the most pretentious piece of s--t ever. So I hate having to look at the comments again."
"I hate that it's associated with his drug dealer father," he added, referencing LaBeouf's confession at the top of his apology email. "My father was a good guy!"
On Thursday, the publicity team for the production announced that actor Ben Foster would be filling LaBeouf's shoes right away because, you know, the show must go on. The former "Transformers" star approved this message, tweeting, "Ben Foster is a beast. He will kill it," in all caps.
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