Pennywise danced into our hearts last year in the mega-horror hit It: Chapter 1, and with filming beginning on the sequel Bill Skarsgård spoke to Indiewire about what it has been like donning the clown paint once again, what it feels like to step back into his dancing shoes, and working with such powerhouse actors and actresses like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.
“I was surprised how much of the character was just there already,” Skarsgård just told IndieWire. “I instantly could access him again, like it was yesterday that we wrapped the first one. It was just all there. So, the work and preparation and figuring out the character is almost intuitive, which is pretty cool. It’s a very strange thing, but I’m trying to enjoy the ride, as much as I can.”
“The first time I did it, nobody knew what I would do with it, so it was just all of this expectation,” Skarsgård elaborated. “I didn’t know if it would work, or if people would respond to it. There was a lot of that worry going on about it…I worked really closely with Andy. This time around, because the movie became such a phenomenon, it’s almost like I’m re-adapting myself.”
On being on set with the adult cast portraying the Losers’ Club:
“It’s weird and it’s surreal because some of them are really big stars and they’re coming in to your thing,” he told the site. “They’re stepping into the thing that me and Andy and the kids did. They’re joining the band, in a way. They’re excited, and I just had a lot of fun hanging out with all of them. It’s going to be a very different shooting experience with all adults, for sure, but it will be fun. They’re all really cool and talented people, so I think they will bring a lot to the table.”
It: Chapter 2 hits theaters on September 6th, 2019.