Masculine, butch groups of blokes together—it’s never really been my cup of tea. Playing a gay man in a Guy Ritchie movie is a finger up to that whole attitude of men talking about men doing men’s things, which is so fucking narrow-minded. Handsome Bob is what a man should be—except for the part of him taking a crowbar to the back of someone’s head.
“I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Performed by Meat Loaf & Patricia “Patti” Russo Lyrics by Jim Steinman From the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Some people misunderstand the lyrics, claiming that Meat never identifies what “that” is, what he will not do. Each verse mentions two things that he would do for love, followed by one thing that he will not do; the title phrase repetition reasserts that he “won’t do that”. Each mention of “that” is a reference to the particular promise that he made earlier in the same verse. The four things he says he will never do are:
forget the way you feel right now
forgive myself if we don’t go all the way tonight
do it better than I do it with you, so long
stop dreaming of you every night of my life
In addition, at the song’s conclusion, the female vocalist predicts two other things that he will do: "You’ll see that it’s time to move on" and "You’ll be screwing around". To both of these, he emphatically responds, "I won’t do that!"
I wrote an article for The Toast on the phonological constraints that allow you to identify Bandicoot Cumbersnatch, Bendandsnap Candycrush, and even Wimbledon Tennismatch as synonyms for the same long-faced British actor, by analyzing all of the names from the Benedict Cumberbatch name generator.
You should go read it there first to see what the constraints are and how I got them, and then come back here for a bonus in-depth investigation into how we can model them using constraint rankings loosely inspired by Harmonic Grammar (don’t worry if you don’t know what that is).