Back in September, about a week after IT entered and dominated theaters, Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård revealed in Variety’s “Playback” Podcast that there was a disturbing scene of the killer clown in the 1600s, which served as somewhat of an origin. In a script excerpt from Bloody Disgusting, there’s now a detailed description of the scene that was deemed too disturbing for the final cut.
The quote from Skarsgård led many to believe that the deleted scene was an origin in the sense of how Pennywise became the creature we know him to be.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” the actor told the podcast. “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.”
While some may roll their eyes at the idea of seeing Pennywise become Pennywise, we now know why the scene is considered so disturbing as this piece of the script describes Pennywise eating a baby.
Have a read for yourself:
“1637: INT. WELLHOUSE – NIGHT ABIGAIL, 19. Rushes in and SLAMS the door. As if trying to keep Satan himself out. She clutches her BABY to her breast. Kneels by DYING EMBERS in the hearth. She blows on ‘em but a flame never catches. Her Baby starts to fuss… ABIGAIL: Hush now, shhhh… it’ll be — She stops.
Realizes that the SMALL CANDLE CHANDELIER slowly spins above her. As if some unnatural force has caused its light to rotate around the room, like tiny primitive searchlights. She hears something slithering in the gray shadows by the Well. Occasionally we catch glimpses of a BLACK SILHOUETTE. Shifting its shape. As if trying to decide on a form.
ABIGAIL (CONT’D): Please, Devil… leave us be… Shape shifts again. A beam of light passes, revealing PENNYWISE, naked, lithe, flesh pale and translucent, a half- formed imitation of a human, opens his maw full of large razor sharp teeth, dripping with saliva. As the Tin Can spins clockwise, Pennywise moves counter around the room. Each time the light hits his face — It’s different. A Man. A Woman. A Beast. A Monster.
PENNYWISE: You mistake me woman. No mere devil, I am the Eater of Worlds. His voice is guttural, unnatural. ABIGAIL: But my child, not my child… He is innocent…
PENNYWISE: So you say. The Baby SCREAMS. Pennywise smiles. PENNYWISE (CONT’D): Beautiful fear… ABIGAIL: I pray Thee, take me. Abigail shuffles back. PENNYWISE: I will. And then, him. And thy husband and the rest of thy children, and all the savages who brought you here. And when you all rot in the earth, I will pick thy bones dry until no meat is left to pick. And then I will seek out thy bones and consume thy souls until nothing is left but the weeds! (beat) Or you will occupy yourself otherwise and not interfere. I will take her and you will live, and those of thy other children — in whom I take no interest. And you will thank ME fever and frost did not damn you to the soil. Abigail looks down at her baby again.
She’s shaking, doesn’t want to let go. Behind her, the Door OPENS. A Little Boy, 6, asks — BOY: Mama? ABIGAIL: NO! OUT! NOW! Frightened by his mother, the Boy runs. Abigail turns back to Pennywise. Wherever he may be now in the room. The light somehow seems to spin faster now. She kisses her baby and sets it down. It BAWLS. ABIGAIL: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…
She turns away from the baby. Faces those dying embers. We keep on her face as they seem to begin GLOWING BRIGHTER AS — OVER HER SHOULDER — OUT OF FOCUS — Pennywise crawls over to the Baby and starts to feast. SHARP CRY FROM THE BABY CUT OFF as we hear a CRUNCH. Abigail continues to look into the BRIGHT ORANGE GLOW of not the flickering fire… …but the DEADLIGHTS. Her expression changing. Fear. Denial. Grief. Acceptance. And then nothing. Just a glazed look. AS IF NOTHING HORRIFIC IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEHIND HER.”
Though nothing is known of how much of this scene was shot, one can only hope it makes the Blu-ray.
Some interesting details to point out: This scene would parallel perfectly with Pennywise’s offer to The Losers Club at the end of the film and his reference to “the weeds.” It would also give the audience more insight as to how the adults in Derry could so easily turn a blind eye to all the children who went missing, as well as a bigger reference to the Deadlights from the Stephen King novel which we only get a glimpse of in the film.
As far as the origin Skarsgård referenced last month, clearly this was much more than Pennywise figuring out what laugh he should go with.
What do you make of that script excerpt though? Was that not real enough for you? Sound off in the comments below!
The film stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
IT is now playing. Meanwhile, IT: Chapter Two floats into theaters on Sept. 6, 2019, with Skarsgård and the young cast returning along with new actors coming in to play the older versions of the Losers Club.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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