Ever wonder why guys say the stupid things we say on a first date? Because we think it's what you want to hear, of course! Earlier this week we took at look at the things he wants to hear on a first date. Now, let's turn the tables and look at what he thinks you want to hear on a first date. And because there's no way I'm going to embarrass myself by revealing the silly things I actually have said, I thought I'd channel the likes of Clark Gable, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Governor of California and let them do the talking:
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
- Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind
Rhett Butler. So f*cking cool. In the early stages, especially when dealing with someone a little unattainable (which, for some of us, feels like all of you), the best thing you can do is not care too much. If desperation is the ultimate turn off, ambivalence must be the ultimate aphrodisiac…right?
"You talkin' to me?"
- Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
This is Robert DeNiro's famous improvisation as the psychotic Travis Bickle in Scorsese' Taxi Driver. The line is thought to have come from Shane, when Alan Ladd's title character is threatened at the local watering hole-wherever it comes from, these are fighting words. We tend to think that our dates are looking for a protector, a man's man, someone who can handle himself in a fight (though more like Shane than Bickle, whose idea of a date was different than most guys').
"Show me the money!"
- Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire
While no one wants to hear these actual words, when Cuba Gooding Jr. made this the catchphrase of 1996, the message was clear: People like to be shown money. Hence the too-expensive restaurant, the dapper duds, the good bottle of wine, and on and on…well, at least until you finally see his studio apartment, and his futon, which is actually just a yoga mat on top of a board.
"I'll be back"
- Terminator, The Terminator
Even after the worst date-no chemistry; she talked a bunch about her foot rash problem; he paid…the tip (and that's all); she fell asleep (not because she was bored, just really, really drunk)-we're still going to say "that was fun; let's do it again." We might even ask what she's up to later that week. No one wants to seem or feel like a jerk-also, for most guys, it's also just easier to deal with it later (e.g., not call and then not return texts later).
Related: 25 Things That Keep Him Hooked
"I'm king of the world."
Jack Dawson, Titanic
Hey, confidence is the name of the game (also, women like a powerful man-"king of the world is nothing to sneeze at).
Have you ever busted a guy for telling you what he thought you wanted to hear? Ever surprised an unsuspecting guy with a great line of your own?
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