It, which made its debut 3 days ago was one of the most anticipating films of the year. The horror film is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King.
Tommy Lee Wallace had previously adapted the novel as well, with the mini TV-series, It, back in 1990.
Stephen King was able to take a glance before the general release to the public and he enjoyed it.
The clown-based film will certainly leave people awake for a few days and many may even experience coulrophobia. The main character is Pennywise, a hostile clown who’s only desire is to frighten little innocent children.
While the villain from the 1990 miniseries seemed more as a standard clown, the most recent adaptation of Pennywise is significantly more disturbing.
Have you ever wondered what those clowns you see on kid’s parties look like without makeup? Many of them are unrecognizable, making you think that they are a completely different person.
The same rule applies here where Bill Skarsgard, the man behind Pennyhouse, is nothing similar compared to the clown.
The 27-year-old Swedish actor with the brilliant face structure has appeared in various different films in the past. He made his debut in 2000, with the Swedish film, White Water Fury.
Since then, he has made his way into the big screen with films such as Atomic Blonde and The Divergent Series: Allegiant.
You might recognize Skarsgard’s name thanks to his older brother, Alexander Skarsgard who has appeared on True Blood and Big Little Lies.
He also has two other brothers, Gustaf Skarsgard and Valter Skarsgard who have appeared in many films as well. Their father, Stellan Skarsgard, is a famous long-time actor as well and has starred in the Thor movies.
Finding someone to play such a role is not as easy as it looks. First, he needs to mentally connect with the character and then make sure he provides a frightening look.
According to the director of It, Andres Muschietti, Skarsgard was perfect for the particular role.
When Muschietti wanted to use CGI to ‘deviate’ the character’s eyes, Skarsgard offered to do it by himself.
“He was here in the morning and he was doing the trick. It’s crazy. What are the chances the guy that you picked for the role could do it?” Muschietti told CinemaBlend.
Skarsgard had some very big shoes to fill taking on this role, and not just because they’re clown shoes. When Tim Curry starred in the original TV-series, he completely changed the perception of clowns and left many people traumatized.
Skarsgard says that he was sure about the impact Curry had done to his generation when one of his friends was completely traumatized by him.
“Skarsgard’s Pennywise has a far more sinister edge, marked by piercing yellow eyes and contorted movements. The two Pennywises have different personalities.”, Muschietti added as he believes he made the right choice.
Luckily for Bill Skarsgard, Tim Curry had high anticipations for the 2017 adaptation of IT.
“I like Skarsgard very much, I think he’s very clever.”, Tim said.
After finishing filming, the Swedish star informed the public that he had disturbing dreams about Pennywise for the following two weeks. This is certainly scary if you really think about it.
The film is now in cinemas, but you have to prepare yourselves before viewing it.
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