‘IT’: Bill Skarsgard Talks Deleted ‘Disturbing’ Flashback

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The success of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is unbelievable. Critics and audiences alike have praised the film for Muschietti’s direction, the chemistry between the young cast and of course, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Skarsgard found a way to make his performance his own. Following in the footsteps of an iconic performance like Tim Curry’s is no easy feat, and Skarsgard went above and beyond terrifying audiences worldwide to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.

The new film is only the first half of King’s book, telling the story from the perspective of the characters as young children in the 1980s. A Chapter Two is all but officially confirmed to be on the way, and given the length of the book itself the second chapter of this duology can add sequences that were not put in the first chapter due to pacing and narrative reasons.

In fact, Skarsgard has revealed that there was a flashback scene that was shot for the film that was removed from the finished product:

“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was 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. The [flashback] scene hints on that. ”

Recently, it was announced that a director’s cut of IT is on the way, meaning that certain deleted scenes may be added to the original theatrical release. Perhaps this deleted flashback can be added to that cut of the film to tease what’s to come in IT: Chapter Two. 

Here is the synopsis for IT: 

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.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgard.

IT is now playing in theaters.

Source: Variety

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