Pennywise the clown aka Bill Skarsgard reveals what it's like with adults in 'IT: Chapter Two'
Joining Pennywise in 'IT 2' is the adult cast of the film starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jay Ryan, and Isaiah Mustafa.
Who would have thought that Pennywise the clown would become such a pop culture phenomenon after a very successful reboot with 2017's horror flick 'IT'. As the shape-shifting monster of Derry, actor Bill Skarsgard was not only convincing but petrifying to say the least. Thankfully for fans, he would soon be reprising his infamous role in the much-anticipated sequel, 'It: Chapter Two', coming back 27 years later to haunt the grown-up members of the loser club.
While all eyes are on Pennywise, people are also curious about the adult cast of the film starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jay Ryan, and Isaiah Mustafa. Indeed, it would be a completely different experience seeing a bunch of adults being creeped out by an age-old clown, an experience that Skarsgard believes is both weird and surreal.
"Off camera," the actor explained in a recent interview with Collider, "I get to hang out with the entire adult cast now. It’s weird and it’s surreal because some of them are really big stars and they’re coming into your thing... They’re excited, and I just had a lot of fun hanging out with all of them. It’s going to be a very different shooting experience with all adults, for sure, but it will be fun."
Having adults as co-stars is just one aspect of the experience. According to Skarsgard, another major game-changer is the popularity of the character and the story — based on the 1986 Stephen King novel — since the first big screen outing of the movie directed by Andrés Muschietti.
"The first time I did it, nobody knew what I would do with it, so it was just all of this expectation. I didn’t know if it would work, or if people would respond to it. There was a lot of that worry going on about it. But that was also cool ‘cause I was just doing my thing and nobody knew what that was or could tell me how I should do it," explained the 27-year-old Swedish actor.
He continued, "The character became very iconic. Pennywise became a star... How surreal is that? So, it became this completely universal thing, outside of the thing. That’s not me. I can’t even relate myself to it anymore. And now that I’m going back and doing it, it’s such a bizarre thing. I don’t think I’ll ever really experience anything like it."
Regardless, with production in full swing Skarsgard said he is trying to enjoy the ride as bizarre and different it might be. 'It: Chapter Two' hits theaters on September 6, 2019.