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Robert Pattinson likes foreplay (in the 'Twilight' series)

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Would the Twilight series be as sexy had Edward given in to Bella’s desire sooner? Robert Pattinson doesn’t think so. “Anyone who likes the books, they all think they’re really sexy. They just like that moment before [sex] … the kind of tipping point before it goes over,” he told Nightline in an interview that aired last night. “I mean, everybody likes that. That’s the best part, for a relationship.”

The man speaks the truth. It’s why the sexiest moment of any Twilight film will always be those seconds when Edward and Bella are leaning in for a kiss. Still, he said you’ve got to seal the deal sometime. “If there was a hard and fast decision by both [Bella and Edward] saying, ‘Yeah we’re going to remain virgins our entire lives, it’s never gonna happen,’ I don’t think it would be as popular a series.” Also very true.

As for the rest of the interview, Pattinson articulated, rather well, why he doesn’t talk about his personal life and whether it involves an offscreen romance with Kristen Stewart. “In logical terms, if you’re just walking down the street and every single stranger on the street knew your business and came up and felt the need to comment on it, you’d just be like, ‘Shut Up! I’m gonna kill you,'” he said, laughing. “It’s exactly the same mentality… I don’t really want to try to sell it either. Maybe if I was selling it, I’d talk about it more.”

He also addressed how his acting has improved since the first film — he worked hard on it, by toning down his hair. He jokingly endorsed taking half a Valium if you’re nervous (the person he was staying with when he auditioned for Edward had one on her bedside table, and he stole it). And he explained why, in a journal he kept on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire set, he wrote that he didn’t want all of his good luck to come at once: “I just thought, if too many good things happen, then you’re gonna die at 30,” he said, again laughing. “I didn’t want that to happen.” But good things have continued to happen, interviewer Chris Connelly pointed out. “Yeah, so, I probably am gonna die at 30,” Pattinson joked. “It’s God saying, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t have asked for too much.'”

Do you agree with Pattinson about Twilight foreplay? Or do you wish Bella and Edward had gotten busy before Breaking Dawn? Let this important debate play out in the comments below!