Bill Skarsgård On Disturbing Scene Cut From IT

On this week’s Variety’s Playback podcast, Bill Skarsgård talks about a deleted scene from IT which provides a backstory for Pennywise the clown which could be explored in the second film.

Skarsgård says: “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself.”

“It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what IT is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the IT entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years.”

Skarsgård continues: “The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things. I think that could be cool to explore as well.”

“It’s like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don’t believe him to be real then he might not be real.”

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