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Child Actors Cried While Filming IT Because Of That Creepy Ass Clown!

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We think it's safe to say the new Pennywise is just as (if not MORE) terrifying than Tim Curry's original portrayal in the 1990 adaptation of It.

But don't take our word — or general internet consensus — for it, just ask the actor who plays him in the upcoming big screen remake!

Related: Scariest Clowns In Movies & TV​

Bill Skarsgård revealed that becoming Stephen King's creepy clown-demon was so unsettling, his mere presence made children crying during filming!

Speaking with his brother Alexander Skarsgård during a chat with Interview, the 26-year-old remembered the horrified reactions of the child extras once he arrived on set in full wardrobe.

He explained:

"At one point, they set up this entire scene, and these kids come in, and none of them have seen me yet. 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."

We can only imagine seeing that clown in person!

According to Skarsgård, things got worse once director Andy Muschietti called "action" — because that's when he actually became Pennywise.

Sadly, some of the child extras couldn't keep it together when the scene was being filmed. Bill continued:

"This one kid started crying. 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 shit. What am I doing? What is this? This is horrible."

Horrible for those child actors, yes — but AH-Mazing for those who want to get the shit scared out them in theaters!

We'll see if Bill's Pennywise produces more tears when It his theaters September 8.

[Image via Warner Bros./Ivan Nikilov/WENN.]

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