Excellent. Because if the kids aren't crying, "It" isn't scary enough.
Bill Skarsgard, 26, plays Pennywise the clown in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, and he recently had a fantastic Q&A interview with one of his many siblings, fellow actor Alexander Skarsgard, 40. During their chat for Interview magazine, Bill reminisced about the Tim Curry "It" miniseries, recalling how so many people said that destroyed their childhoods or made them hate clowns. He joked that he hoped there would be a lot of 10-year-olds traumatized after his "It" movie.
Here's a portion of the Q&A from that point on, with Bill revealing he made young extras cry on set:
ALEXANDER: Is it R-rated?
BILL: It probably will be, yeah.
ALEXANDER: So those 10-year-old kids won't be able to see it then.
BILL: Well, no, but—
ALEXANDER: They'll still be traumatized by the poster.
BILL: But not even that. The movies that they're not allowed to see are the movies that they're going to really want to see.
ALEXANDER: Does it feel good knowing that kids around the world for decades to come will have nightmares about you?
BILL: It's a really weird thing to go, "If I succeed at doing what I'm trying to do with this character, I'll traumatize kids." On set, I wasn't very friendly or goofy. I tried to maintain some sort of weirdness about the character, at least when I was in all the makeup. At one point, they set up this entire scene, and these kids come in, and none of them have seen me yet. Their parents have brought them in, these little extras, right? And then I come out as Pennywise, and these kids—young, normal kids—I saw the reaction that they had. Some of them were really intrigued, but some couldn't look at me, and some were shaking. This one kid started crying. He started to cry and the director yelled, "Action!" And when they say "action," I am completely in character. So some of these kids got terrified and started to cry in the middle of the take, and then I realized, "Holy shit. What am I doing? What is this? This is horrible."
ALEXANDER: Was this your first interaction with a child where you realized how terrifying it would be for them?
BILL: Yeah. But then we cut, and obviously I was all, "Hey, I'm sorry. This is pretend." [laughs]
The parents who allowed their kids to be exploited for terror may have some explaining to do (and some therapy to pay for) but it sounds like Bill Skarsgard did his job well enough.
We'll see the results when "It" opens in theaters on September 8th, 2017.
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