IT: Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård talks ‘disturbing’ cut scene


In a recent appearance on Variety’s “Playback” Podcast, Bill Skarsgård discussed a scene that was cut from the movie that could have given us a little look at the origins of Pennywise.

There were some horrific moments in the movie IT, but perhaps the worst moment of all was the one we didn’t see!

Variety recently sat down Pennywise himself Bill Skarsgård to talk all things IT. The most intriguing thing to come from the interview was that a “really, really, disturbing scene” was cut form the final product.


Mr Skarsgård had this to say about the scene:

"“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” Skarsgard 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 [flashback] scene hints on that. “"

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Flashback to Old Town Derry?

Mr. Skarsgård didn’t go into detail about what the scene was, but some fans on the internet, particularly Reddit, have theorized that this scene in question could relate back to Cary Fukunaga’s original draft. User jumpuptothesky gave a brief outline of what the scene in question could have been from the original script (spoilers ahead for those who don’t want to potentially know plot info for Chapter 2):

"“It’s a flashback scene to the time of the pilgrims in original Derry. Family of 4 lives in well house spot. House is ‘haunted’. Pennywise takes the form of the “devil”. Convinces mother of 2 kids to sacrifice her newborn to him and he spares the older son and her. She breaks down. All this happening in dark room lit by one candle. Pennywise is upside down on all fours watching from the ceiling in the darkness talking to her. Mother is desperate and horrified. She reluctantly leaves her baby on the table below Pennywise. She begs forgiveness to baby and starts crying. She turns around to leave but the door is still locked. Camera angle shows her in the forefront and in the background, Pennywise descends on the baby illuminated by the candle light and we hear the baby crying as It eats the baby behind the mother.”"

Pretty disturbing isn’t it? Although most would argue that you could never get away with such a scene in modern cinema, IT was a movie where we saw a child have his arm ripped out in the opening 10 minutes. That should prove that all bets are off for this franchise!

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