Stephen King's "IT" has been haunting readers since its release decades ago, and ever since last year's release of the the hit film, a whole new generation has lost sleep at the hands of Pennywise the Clown.
The audiences aren't the only ones left quivering by the vengeful titular character, though. The actor who portrays Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård, has been having some nightmarish visits himself.
“I liken every character that I do to a relationship that you’re in, Pennywise and Bill go into this sort of relationship together, and I’m trying to figure out who he is and I have to devote so much time and effort to this other person – or thing, in this case – and that goes on for months.”
“It’s just like being in a very destructive relationship, people don’t really realize it until they’re out of it. All your friends go, ‘You need to dump this piece of sh—, he or she is destroying your life.’ And then once you’re out of it, you see, ‘I was so miserable.’ But I wouldn’t say I was miserable doing Pennywise because I had a lot of fun with it as well.”
“I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams. Every night, he came and visited.”Appropriately, Pennywise took on different forms in these visions.“It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate,” Skarsgård said. “Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.”
Bill isn't alone, of course.
Of course Bill won't be able to keep Pennywise quiet for too much longer. Production for the sequel is about to be underway. So he'll need to call on his friend once again. Hopefully it'll be an easier go around this time. Bill seems ready to handle it.
“This was a process of letting go of the monster, it was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.“I’m good with it.”
Yeah that's not at ALL creepy. Good luck with that Bill!