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Bill Skarsgård’s Outfit For Stephen King’s ‘It’ Brought Child Extras To Tears

Bill Skarsgård’s Outfit For Stephen King’s ‘It’ Brought Child Extras To Tears

A fear of clowns is a legitimate thing; the unofficial name is Coulrophobia. It's believed the phobia started in the 1980s, conveniently when Stephen King's novel, It, was released. And I don't blame people who are freaked out - Pennywise is a terrifying creature.

So it's no wonder that his costume caused a bit of a situation during the filming for the new movie adaptation.

If you've seen the trailer then you'll see why...

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The man behind the mask, Bill Skarsgård, told Movie Pilot: "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 - 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 realised, 'Holy shit. What am I doing? What is this? This is horrible'."

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I'm not sure getting up close and personal in your scary clown costume to help calm the kids down would have been a good option.

The man behind the infamous novel has already given praise for the movie version - which is always a good sign.

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The film is slated for release from 7th September.

Anyone who is a Stephen King fan will be excited about the prospect of his entire universe being brought to the big screen. The author's The Dark Tower will be released as a movie in August, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. It tells the story of a gunslinger chasing after a 'man in black'.

Credit: Sony Pictures

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The dark tower resides in what's called All-World which links all the eight Dark Tower books together. In the novels, you'll find locations, characters, events and other elements from King's books such as The Shining, It, Salem's Lot and Hearts in Atlantis.

If you need any more proof - you'll notice in the Dark Tower trailer, one frame zooms in on a picture frame.

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Dark Tower easter egg

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That is the The Overlook Hotel from The Shining, where Jack Nicholson's character, Jack Torrance, went mad, tried to murder his family and ended up freezing in a snowy maze.

I know, I know, my mind was kind of melting trying to process how King managed to combine completely different stories, too. But if you don't have time to read the millions of words contained inside King's books, hopefully the movies will explain this confusing universe.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Topics: Stephen King

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.