2017 was a banner year for horror, stuffed with high-quality and profitable motion pictures like Get Out or nearly something launched by Blumhouse. This 12 months additionally noticed the discharge of IT, the highest grossing horror movie ever made. Folks flocked to the theater to be terrified by Pennywise the Dancing Clown, whose crazed angle and quest for tasty kids made him one of the best film monster of the 12 months. One can solely think about the auditioning course of to get such a job, and actor Invoice Skarsgard not so shockingly revealed that it was a creepy course of that concerned a number of make-up and maniacal laughter.
The seek for Pennywise was a frightening train stuffed with scares and quantity of humiliation. When Invoice Skarsgard bought the callback, director Andy Muschietti requested folks to put on clown make-up: easy white face with a crimson painted nostril and a big red smile. Skarsgard was completely satisfied to do it, however it meant driving throughout Los Angeles whereas trying like a demented clown. This is how he tells it:
I ended up asking my girlfriend to place some make-up on that morning, after which I get into the automobile and needed to drive throughout L.A. on this clown make-up. There was one thing type of humiliated and absurd about the entire thing. I am an actor auditioning in Hollywood, and I am driving with a clownface on. It is type of a metaphor for what the occupation of performing appears like.
However Pennywise does not simply look (extraordinarily) scary, he additionally has to sound scary. The voice is a large a part of Invoice Skarsgard’s efficiency as Pennywise, who has a voice that may change pitches in the midst of a sentence. That every one begins with the chuckle and Skarsgard advised Entertainment Weekly that he needed to observe his insane clown chuckle whereas carrying his insane clown make-up on his drive to the audition
Andy [Muschietti] had additionally requested to discover clown laughter, so I am sitting within the automobile and I really feel ridiculous, however I assumed I would as effectively take up it and use it. So I simply began to chuckle like loopy within the automobile, as I am simply bearing down on pedestrians.
Commuting in LA is tough sufficient, proper? Even after Invoice Skarsgard had reached his vacation spot, he nonetheless needed to stroll just a few blocks to get to his audition whereas nonetheless in full make-up. Skarsgard stayed in character the complete time whereas strolling to the audition, which we assume means a number of creepy stares together with his lazy eye. The actor felt that the expertise sums up his strategy to the character: placing himself out of his consolation zone in an effort to play a really unpredictable character.
In case you really feel like reliving the fear that was IT, the film is out on Digital proper now and can launch on Blu-ray and DVD on January 9, 2018. Nevertheless, you may need to save your bucks as a result of a Directors Cut can also be on the way in which, too. And let’s not neglect about IT: Chapter 2, which is presently in improvement.