One of the most interesting things about this year’s IT Movie was definitely Bill Skarsgård‘s performance as Pennywise the Clown. It was universally praised, even by Stephen King himself. There hasn’t really been a deep behind the scenes look at the performance though, until now.
A new featurette titled Pennywise Lives has been released, and it’s definitely a very in-depth look at Skarsgård’s portrayal of the iconic clown:
That wasn’t the only interesting thing to hit the internet this week, as an alternate ending for the film made its way online as well. Personally, I thought it would have been a better ending than just fading to black after a shot of a field, but it’s not like that ruined the movie or anything.
A Director’s Cut is also expected to be released sometime in 2018, and we’re all hoping it’ll have that scene in which Pennywise eats a baby! A disturbing part of the film that Skarsgård has elaborated on:
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”
He said he hopes that the next film will see more of Pennywise:
“The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. … I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?”
IT is released on Blu-ray January 9th and IT: Chapter 2 is scheduled to theaters on September 6th, 2019.
What did you think of the Pennywise Lives featurette? Were you a fan of Bill Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise the Clown? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts in the comments!