Note: the following is NSFPASOC (not safe for people a-scared of clowns).
As we learned a few weeks ago, Andy Muchietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It is filming as we speak, which means that it was probably only a matter of time before some set-lurking King nerd managed to score a photo of Bill Skarsgård in full Pennywise regalia.
Luckily, Warner Bros. decided to get out ahead of that eventuality by delivering that first look themselves, via the folks at Entertainment Weekly.
Check it out.
First impressions? It's creepy as hell! I like that Pennywise doesn't have the clown nose (it's an interesting touch!), and I love what they've done with his eyes. This is absolutely a face that would cause you to void your bladder, were you to encounter it staring back at you from a storm drain.
EW's also got some thoughts from Skarsgård on what it's like to play such an iconic character:
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.
It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Skarsgard also says that a conscious effort was made to make this Pennywise look different from the Tim Curry iteration of the character:
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.
It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look."
As luck would have it, I just received word this morning from a Birth.Movies.Death. reader who managed to snag some interesting photos from the set of Muschietti's film (which is apparently filming in his hometown), and we'll be running those images in the near future.
Y'know, between this and The Dark Tower, it's a helluva time to be a film geek who's also into Stephen King.
Head on over to EW to read the rest of their report, and stay tuned for those It set photos.