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Bill Skarsgard Reveals How Pennywise Made Children Cry On the ‘IT’ Set

Bill Skarsgard Reveals How Pennywise Made Children Cry On the 'IT' Set

I think deep down, we all have a fear of clowns. You can’t deny that Tim Curry pulled off one terrifying performance as Pennywise in the 1990 version of Stephen King’s IT. Actor Bill Skarsgard has some big clown shoes to fill in Andy Muschietti’s upcoming adaptation, and if the following encounter is any indication, Skarsgard did a grand job.

During a chat with his Brother Alexander Skarsgard at Interview Magazine, the new Pennywise revealed how some of the child extras were scared stiff on the set.

At one point, they set up this entire scene, and these kids come in, and none of them have seen me yet,” Skarsgard remembered. “Their parents have brought them in, these little extras, right? And then I come out as Pennywise, and these kids — young, normal kids — I saw the reaction that they had. Some of them were really intrigued, but some couldn’t look at me, and some were shaking.

This one kid started crying,” he continued. “He started to cry and the director yelled, ‘Action!’ And when they say ‘action,’ I am completely in character. So some of these kids got terrified and started to cry in the middle of the take, and then I realized, ‘Holy s—. What am I doing? What is this? This is horrible.

Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise, the scary sewer-dwelling monster who shows himself as a clown.

A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are known as the modern Losers’ Club.

Creature performer Javier Botet plays The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.

Part one of Andy Muschietti’s IT adaptation will hit theaters on September 8, 2017.

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