Bill Skarsgård will go down in cinematic history for his incredible (and chilling) portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Andy Muschietti’s IT. Though his performance became instantly iconic, the actor recently recounted auditioning for the role, an experience he describes, in part, as “humiliating”. Specifically, Muschietti wanted Skarsgård to arrive for his callback already wearing clown makeup.
“There was something kind of humiliating and absurd about the whole thing. I’m an actor auditioning in Hollywood, and I’m driving with a clownface on. It’s kind of a metaphor for what the profession of acting feels like.”
Luckily, Skarsgård got into the spirit of the role, using the opportunity to traumatize passers-by who crossed his path.
“Andy had also asked to explore clown laughter, so I’m sitting in the car and I feel ridiculous, but I thought I might as well absorb it and use it,” the actor confessed. “So I just started to laugh like crazy in the car, as I’m just bearing down on pedestrians.”
“The audition was not on a studio lot, so I had to park and walk for a few blocks with my clownface on,” Skarsgard detailed. “I pretty much just stayed in character through the whole thing. It was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever done. It sums up my approach to this character.”
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IT is now available to own on Digital HD; the Blu-ray/DVD arrives on January 9th. If you haven’t seen the film yet, peep the trailer and synopsis 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 and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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