This 'It' scene was so scary that Bill Skarsgård admitted it had to be cut
'It' has easily been the biggest film this year, hasn't it? It seems like everyone is talking about it, with the general consensus being that it is very, very good. However, if you're anything like me, you won't have seen it purely because you are way too terrified.
I know it's not real, but even the photos of Pennywise are enough to put me off going to the circus for another few years. While many people are saying 'It' is already scary enough as it is, it could've been even more scary if they hadn't decided to cut one scene out of it.
Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise in the movie, has revealed that there was a scene that was so disturbing that it had to be removed from the final cut of the record-breaking horror film. During an appearance on Variety's Playback podcast, the actor recalled the disturbing scene in detail.
Despite the sequence being shot, it didn't make it into the final cut, but Skarsgård says that the scene may now be included in the movie's planned sequel, so fans might not have to wait too long to see it.
"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," he said.
"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 scene hints on that."
The flashback scene that Skarsgård is talking about was actually included in Cary Fukunaga's original script, when he was in charge of directing the film. But despite the fact that the True Detective director departed after differences with the studio, it seems like the flashback scene to an IT in the 1600's remained.
Much like Skarsgård's account of the scene, Fukunaga's script includes a haunting encounter with IT in the early 17th century in which a mother allows the monster to eat her child in exchange for her own safety. The original scene also featured Pennywise in a human-like form, describing IT as "incomplete, his flesh pale and translucent, like a half-formed imitation of a human".
The actor said he didn't want to go into too much detail about the scene, in case it ended up being in the sequel, which he said he's pretty excited about.
"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," he added.
"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."
It'll be interesting to see if the scene makes the sequel, or whether it'll be deemed too scary for that movie as well. I, for one, will never know, because I am way too scared to ever find out.