Skarsgård talks about reprising the role of Pennywise : IT Chapter Two

"When Andy said, ‘Action!’ Pennywise was right there, he just exploded out of me- even more disturbing, without the makeup": Bill Skarsgård

Warner Bros. Pictures is all set to have audiences reunite with the scariest clown in town – Pennywise with “IT CHAPTER TWO” releasing on September 6 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” has become a part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

The film is based on the thrilling masterpiece by the king of the horror genre in the literary world Stephen King. In Chapter Two, director Andy Muschietti will be seen reuniting the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return 27 years later to where it all began with this outing.

Also back in his full glory once again is Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. He instilled fear in every heart with his hair raising performance as the scary clown, now he’s back, scarier than ever before. Once Skarsgård and Andy Muschietti began to collaborate on Pennywise well before shooting began on “IT,” the actor and director never stopped conversations about the character and how he would figure into both chapters. Many of these nascent ideas later showed up in Dauberman’s screenplays for the films.

With regard to his time away from performing the character, Skarsgård says, “I was in L.A. for an unrelated reason, and Andy wanted me to do a test for some of the performance capture that would be used for the new film. It was months before we were to start shooting. I thought I’d basically be in a chair, just sort of going through it, but it was a full scene from the screenplay. I show up, and then Andy says, ‘Action!’ And Pennywise was right there. I guess he hadn’t really gone away and he just exploded out of me—even more disturbing, without the makeup. I was really shocked at how much of him remained, and how continuing to work on him developed the character even more.”

“What’s really changed for him is, this time, he wants them back,” the actor offers. “So much about what happened in the past was about scaring the kids away. Now, it’s about getting them” back, because he missed them in his own way. I think that makes for a stronger villain. Fear has always been his weapon, his tool. He instills fear in humans, but he’d never understood what that was until the Losers, and then he felt it for himself. I think a strange bond was formed then. To have an opponent that almost matched him is intriguing. And after a long absence, a craving can develop for the things that one misses.”

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