Bill Skarsgard Says A Scene Was Cut From 'It' Because It Was Too Disturbing
Despite the influx of scary clowns popping up in cinemas and other places, there has been a positive response to the release of It.
It started with Stephen King, who said he watched the film twice, and when the author of the original story says it's good, you know it's going to be worth the watch.
We already know that there'll be a sequel to Andy Muchietti's adaptation, which will reportedly be darker and more disturbing than the first film.
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Those who have seen It say that there's enough comedy in it that some scenes may not be as scary as you think, but the second one will have less of that. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, has said that one scene was cut from It because it was too disturbing, and could be the inspiration for the sequel.
"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," Skarsgard said on Variety's Playback podcast. "The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself.
"It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the 'It' entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.
"The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things.
"I think that could be cool to explore as well. It's like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don't believe him to be real then he might not be real. There's an interesting aspect to explore there."
Professional clowns claim It could ruin their careers. Credit: ITV/This Morning
The original novel by Stephen King, released in 1986, is set in two parts. The sequel will look to tell the story of the kids, looking back at their experience.
'Chapter Two', as it is currently being described, will take place 27 years after the first movie. However, flashbacks will play a big part in the story, meaning some of the cast will likely return.
It director Andrés Muschietti previously informed Variety the plan was to start filming a follow-up in spring 2018.
He told them: "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
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