When actors play iconic characters, fans will often conflate the two identities, superimposing a character’s traits onto an unwilling actor. According to Nick Offerman, this happens far too often with his character Ron Swanson, with people accusing him of claiming to define manliness. But Offerman knows that there’s more to being manly than growing beards, wearing flannel, and buying “artisanal axes.” In this clip, the comedian sheds some light on the true meaning of manliness.

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