There’s no clowning around in showbiz, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun — even when your character eats children for breakfast. Stephen King’s “It” has been terrifying children for generations — once with the book, once with the ’90s film, and then again with the 2017 reboot starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
Looper spoke to Bill Skarsgård during an exclusive interview for his new film “Nine Days,” in which he dished on what it was like playing the iconic villain, being a big Tim Curry fan, and differentiating between the original film. On whether he’d ever gotten frightened on set, he said, “No, I was never freaked out on set. I actually had a lot of fun doing the character. My job is to put myself in a character’s point of view, whether it’s someone like Kane or a child-eating clown like Pennywise. So I get a thrill of trying to understand something or someone that’s very different from who I am, and then building that perspective into a fully-fleshed character.”
Skarsgård then added, “Which is harder with someone like Pennywise because it’s even more crazily abstract than ‘Nine Days.’ It’s this weird entity that lives in the figment of children’s imagination. So it’s like, ‘Okay, what are the rules here?'” One of the rules, apparently, is that Pennywise must eat children.