While researching early Pennywise designs for an article about the legacy of IT, I stumbled across a video from Frostmare TV that offered incredible insight and a slew of rare behind the scene pictures from 1990’s miniseries. The narration is taken directly from an interview original IT makeup FX artist Bart Mixon gave for a documentary. But what really jumped out at me was a comment Mixom made about the evil clown’s famous pillbox red “wig”.
Fans of IT and movie trivia have long traded that fact that, according to sources, Pennywise’s shocking coif was actually Tim Curry’s real hair. It was a statement used to illustrate Curry’s commitment to the part.
While the origins of this claim are murky, an article on Buzz Feed titled 34 Facts About Scary Movies That Will Blow Your Mind, this is #29:
Pennywise’s hair in ‘It’ was Tim Curry’s real hair.
Part of what allowed this untruth to proliferate is that there’s little to disprove the statement (at least I couldn’t find anything online). This is why the video from Frostmare is actually exciting: It’s the first concrete disproof of what has been an endure horror movie urban legend. Indeed, Pennywise’s hair in 1990’s IT is a wig. Here’s a screenshot of Curry in the make-up chair, which effectively puts the debate to rest.
Check out the entire video, Early Pennywise Designs and Behind the Scene Material from the IT Movie, below. After that, check out the trailer, synopsis, and latest poster for Andrés Muschietti’s IT, which features Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying Pennywise, below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.