So why does he want to watch a grown man dance in a bikini — and how can you help?
If you have a Twitter account — or were thinking about getting one — the affable actor is asking you to follow him (@peterfacinelli.). With mere hours remaining in a wager that has swept across the Twitterverse, the "Twilight" actor spoke to MTV News about his unorthodox bet, whether we'll ever see him in a bikini and how one lucky fan can someday clone their very own
MTV: How's it going, Peter?
Peter Facinelli: It's going good — but I need more Twitter followers!
MTV: Yeah, as of Wednesday morning [June 17], you're at 205,000. You're not even halfway there!
Facinelli: I know, man. I think Twitter's broken.
MTV: Explain the contest for us.
Facinelli: Rob DeFranco [@211me] is a friend of mine. He was at my house and saw the backing of my chair from "Twilight" — that piece of fabric that says my name and says "Twilight" on it. He asked if he could have it, and Rob is a betting man, so when I said no, he said, "Well, I'll bet you for it."
MTV: And how did Twitter get involved?
Facinelli: I had just joined Twitter, so he bet me that I couldn't get 500,000 followers in a week. I let the fans decide what Rob DeFranco has to do if he loses — and the sick and twisted minds of my Twitter followers decided that he'd have to dance down Hollywood Boulevard in a bikini singing [Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"] with a sign that says "Twitter me." So I think I got the better end of that deal.
MTV: And if that happens, you're going to give away the chair back to a fan?
Facinelli: Yeah. The fans have been having fun with the contest, and I decided last night that if I'm going to lose this chair backing anyway, I'd rather have a fan get it than my friend Rob. So I threw in some incentive last night — if we hit 500,000 by Friday, then I'll give away the backing of my chair to one of my followers.
MTV: How will you decide who gets it?
Facinelli: I like riddles. I think I might do some kind of riddle, and the first person that posts the correct answer will win the chair backing. That sounds more fun than a raffle, right?
MTV: Yeah, and the Twilighters all want the back of your chair really badly.
Facinelli: Especially since Rob Pattinson sat on my chair. It has some RPattz sweat on it.
MTV: Oh God. The winner could hire some CSI guys to remove the hairs and DNA.
Facinelli: Definitely. One day, in the future, you might be able to clone Rob Pattinson if you own the back of my chair. That's all I'm saying.
MTV: What would Dr. Carlisle Cullen have to say about such a contest?
Facinelli: Carlisle likes a good game. I think he'd be excited. I think Carlisle would totally follow me. And he's got a good sense of humor — so he'd want to watch Rob DeFranco dance down Hollywood Boulevard in a bikini.
MTV: The Twilighters want to know what it would take to get you into a bikini.
Facinelli: Wow, I don't know. A man-kini or a bikini?
MTV: What's a man-kini?
Facinelli: A man-kini is those European thongs that men wear. It's like a Borat thing.
MTV: Whatever you feel comfortable wearing, Peter. You tell me.
Facinelli: You might spot me on some beach one day in a man-kini. Keep your eyes peeled.
MTV: Are the Cullens technologically advanced? Are there "Twilight" moments we don't see in the books with them Tweeting each other?
Facinelli: Oh, for sure. Look at the cars that they drive. They're pretty up-to-date in the world. They have so much time on their hands — I think Carlisle would totally have a Twitter page.
MTV: If people are reading this on Friday, can they still make a difference?
Facinelli: Absolutely. The bet ends at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and Friday is "Follow Fridays," so I'm hoping to get some hits there. If Rob loses, we all get to see him do the bikini dance — I'm definitely going to put that on YouTube. That would be too classic — and all 500,000 of my followers get to watch that.
MTV: You played Mike Dexter in "Can't Hardly Wait." Is it safe to assume that, if you don't win this contest, you'll kick the asses of everyone in this room?
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