The first official trailer for the the remake of Stephen King’s IT offered a glimpse of the terrifying film and set a new record for the most watched trailer within 24 hours of it’s debut. While many are discussing the film with anticipation, there is at least one group with concerns over the upcoming remake: Professional clowns. Mel Magazine reports that a number of professional clowns are expressing their frustration over the film and the negative impact it could have on their already difficult career.
Roger Fojas, a professional clown, shared his concern that the film will scare children enough to discourage parents from hiring clowns for events. Mel Magazine writes:
[Roger] worries IT will make kids so terrified of clowns that their parents will stop booking clowns for birthday parties.
Professional Clown Nick Kane stated that he is already feeling the effects of the film. Mel Magazine writes:
Kane says he’s already experiencing the negative effects of the IT remake: He noticed a considerable drop in traffic to his Yelp page in the days immediately following the trailer’s release.
Guilford Adams, who has performed a clown named Gilly for 20 years, acknowledged that the profession is dying, but said that the film will turn away a new generation of potential audiences.
“The ultimate prick in this [IT movie] is that it’s going to turn young consumers away from an art form that’s sweet and nice and not about the Kardashians and Minecraft.”
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Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgård.
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 will be released in theaters on September 8, 2017.
Source: Mel Magazine