Why Bill Skarsgard Hasn't Been The Same Since IT
You can't play a child-murdering clown and expect to walk away unscathed. When you get into the mindset of an evil ancient entity, you might wind up in some pretty dark places, like Bill Skarsgard has. Here's why the Swedish star has never quite been the same since It.
Pennywise is, without a doubt, Skarsgard's most famous role to date, and for a good reason. The actor's portrayal of a killer clown has received near-universal praise among critics and filmgoers. One of the key reasons for all of the praise is the physicality of the role. Regarding his part, the actor told the New York Times,
"Everything I did took 100 percent of my energy. It was by far the most exhausting character I've ever done, physically and mentally."
In the Blu-Ray special feature "Pennywise Lives!," Skarsgard spoke about the physical considerations of playing Pennywise, saying he often passed on using stunt doubles.
Except for physically dangerous scenes, Skarsgard insisted on always playing Pennywise himself, a decision that frequently left him utterly exhausted on set.
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Pennywise lives | 0:16
Pennywise's mind | 1:04
Scary on the set | 1:59
A destructive relationship | 3:02
Pennywise dreams | 4:01
Round 2 | 4:55