Bill Skarsgard surprised a lot of people with his portrayal as Pennywise the Clown in IT last year. However, the actor now says returning to the role has been a very different experience. It seems that in the intervening months since IT became one of the biggest horror movies of all time, Pennywise has taken on something of a life of his own, and now the actor feels something of a disconnect between himself and Pennywise that wasn't there the first time around. According to Skarsgard...
It's certainly true that Pennywise, and Bill Skarsgard's version of him specifically, became iconic almost overnight following IT. The film became one of the biggest horror movies of all time at the box office, which gave the green light to the follow-up IT Chapter Two which is now in production. However, while Skarsgard was certainly a large part of the reason that Pennywise became such a popular character, it seems the actor didn't really feel responsible for that.
When Bill Skarsgard came to play Pennywise the first time he was an unknown playing the part of a character that, while popular to Stephen King fans, wasn't exactly a cultural icon. Now, it seems Skarsgard might feel slightly intimidated by taking on the role of this popular character, even though he's part of the reason that happened at all. The phenomenon has now become bigger than the role.
On the plus side, Bill Skarsgard tells Collider that he was able to step back into Pennywise fairly easily so it doesn't look like there's much reason to be concerned about Pennywise not being everything we hope he will be in IT Chapter Two. The sequel is set for release in September of 2019.
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