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Pennywise will be more vicious in It Chapter 2, says Bill Skarsgard

Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard says the murderous clown is driven by vengeance in It: Chapter 2.

hollywood Updated: May 10, 2019 18:46 IST

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Actor Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in a still from It: Chapter 2.
Actor Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in a still from It: Chapter 2.

Actor Bill Skarsgard who returns as the horror entity Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It: Chapter Two, says the character has evolved a lot since the last film and has become more scary.

Skarsgard first played the part in Andy Muschietti's 2017 horror blockbuster It and is now back for the second instalment, which is set to release in September this year.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 28-year-old actor said, "He's been doing this forever really, so he doesn't change in the sense that you would look differently. He looks however he wants to look for any particular prey at the time, but I do think there's a change." In the first part, Pennywise was shown as a ghost which feeds on people's worst fears, exploiting this emotion to his advantage but he was ultimately defeated by the Loser's Club.

"The arc of the first movie is that he, for the first time, experiences fear himself. His last line -- 'Fear...' -- is him experiencing it for the first time, and he's sort of shocked and perplexed and surprised. Like, what is this?" Skarsgard said.

"He's inflicted fear on his prey, and he’s very focused on fear, but he’s never experienced it himself. Now he’s experienced something that he has been inflicting on others and... there’s a shift leading into the second movie," he added.

The actor said Pennywise is driven by revenge in the sequel. "It fuels hatred and anger towards the kids, who will be adults in this one, so I think there might be an even more vicious Pennywise. He’s really going after it," he added.

It: Chapter Two, directed Muschietti, features an ensemble cast of James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone and Andy Bean.

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First Published: May 10, 2019 18:45 IST