Bill Skarsg├â┬Ñrd makes a delightfully terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in IT — but apparently, the most terrifying scene didn’t even make the final cut of the remake!
In an interview with Variety‘s Playback podcast, the actor revealed that production filmed a scene set in the early 17th century, showing the origin of Pennywise and his interactions with the founding members of Derry, Maine.
“There’s a scene that we shot that was a flashback scene from the 1600s. Where Pennywise was before ├óΓé¼╦£Pennywise.’ And we shot it for additional shooting and the scene turned out REALLY, REALLY disturbing. And It’s me … I’m not the clown, I look more like myself.”
The scene, which some theorized could be from an earlier draft of the script by Cary Fukunaga, shows a mother allowing the monster to devour her daughter in exchange for safety.
Skarsg├â┬Ñrd explained that in this scene, Pennywise didn’t look like the clown the children see, but appeared “incomplete, his flesh pale and translucent, like a half-formed imitation of a human.”
The 27-year-old didn’t go into much more detail about the scene shot, because we may actually get to see it in Chapter 2 of the Stephen King remake. He continued:
“I’m not gonna spoil what the scene is, because we might use it [in the sequel]. But it’s a very disturbing scene, sort of a backstory for what IT is or where Pennywise came from. … The idea is that IT, the entity, was dormant or resting for thousands of thousands of years and it [the scene] hints on [the founding of Derry].”
Sounds creepy! Whether in the sequel or on the bonus features of the IT Blu-Ray, we hope we’ll get to see Pennywise’s eerie origin story sooner or later…
Take a listen to the actor’s full interview (below).
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