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[Video] Bill Skarsgård Doing the Pennywise Smile Without Makeup is Even Creepier

When I saw the first clip from IT before Annabelle: Creation last month, one thing was immediately clear to me: Bill Skarsgård was born to play Pennywise the clown.

Now that I’ve seen Andy Muschietti’s IT in its entirety, I can confidently say that the new Pennywise is one of the best movie monsters since the ’80s, driven by a gripping performance from Skarsgård that is downright Oscar-worthy. Comparisons have been made to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, and you won’t find me disagreeing.

Like Ledger, Skarsgård took an iconic character and managed to make it even more iconic. His Pennywise is an entirely different beast than the Tim Curry version, and Skarsgård nailed the complexity of the character in a way that makes him so much more than just a scary clown. As presented in Stephen King’s novel, Pennywise is an otherworldly monster doing his best imitation of the human clown he enjoys presenting himself as, and you get all of that from Skarsgård’s impossibly creepy performance.

A whole lot of credit must be given to the makeup and special effects teams for helping to make this new version of Pennywise one of the all-time scariest movie villains, but you might be surprised how much of that was actually Skarsgård himself. The actor, for example, really can move his eyes independently of each other, adding a subtle layer of extra creepiness to the performance.

And then there’s that whimsically sinister smile, which Skarsgård just showed off to a Swedish radio program… without any makeup or digital enhancement whatsoever.

Yup. This was the role he was born to play.



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COMMENTS

31 Comments
  • Cheddar Hayes

    Oscar worthy? You must be kidding, right? It was a good performance, but Oscar worthy? Nice try kid.

  • lupe

    he’s cute

  • The actor has a great face for playing movie villains; I won’t be surprised if he gets a lot more roles like that after this film.

    • Mark B

      I wonder how he’d be as a possible Bond villain.

      • Are they still looking for someone for that Joker origin movie?

        • Reportedly, Warner Brothers is trying to use Martin Scorsese to get Leonardo DeCaprio to play The Joker. My personal choice was Michael Pitt, but DiCaprio and Skarsgard are also solid picks.

          • Chance LeBoeuf

            I always thought next to Willem Dafoe, Jake Gyllenhaal could be a great Joker.

          • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

            Batfleck and Dafoeker would be bad ass!

          • LOL–Dafoeker. That sounds like either another Meet the Parents sequel, or something you pay quite a bit of money to have done to you in a back room in Germany and hope your wife never finds out about.

          • Lipstick Zombie

            I saw Michael Pitt’s performance as Mason Verger in Season 2 of Hannibal. He is my fave wildcard for the Joker role.

    • Tor from Yucca Flats

      I grew up in Norway, and Finland, everybody pretty much has that face there.

    • Biscoito18

      I hope he gets more horror roles. He’s amazing!

  • Ima Badlady

    Jumpin Jayzuz dude…

  • sliceanddice

    shiiit. there was me thinking his mouth was constantly cgid.

  • He’d make a great Joker honestly.

  • Biscoito18

    Kill me but screw me first, pennywise

  • Elizabeth

    F*ck, that looks like a snapchat filter.

  • zombie84_41

    this dude is an awesome actor so is his bro

    • Bla Blah

      right. i just want them to gangbang the literal fuck outta my pussy and i dont even have a pussy.

      • Jay Brezzy

        Talk like that will make a few BD members want to check you over….You know….To be certain of the validity of that statement.

        The more you know….

      • zombie84_41

        LMFAOOOOO that made my night so thanks for that.

  • Well the people did a great job casting him, I wonder how he got the role. Oh, yeah silly me – audition process. Will Poulter who was originally up for the role looked far too boyish. If he had dressed up he’d have looked like a kid in fancy dress. Although he does have some wicked (cool) looking eyebrows. Look like they’ve been styled with a pencil but they sure as hell ain’t.

  • Evan3

    Awesome! Now I want to know, with a face like that, how does this guy get laid (or get Hollywood roles)? I stil think Poulter woulda killed it (pun…. INTENDED), but Skarsgarrd was perfectly serviceable.

    • Fastguy77

      Yes, what an excellent question. How does he get laid? Fuck you are an idiot.

  • Those lips ♥

  • Jessicka

    Haha not so much creepy as it’s just kinda funny without the makeup.

  • CuntFarts

    That’s some fine motor control in the face. I can’t make my upper lips and lower lips do that at the same time.

  • Chiron

    I thought that was makeup what he did with his lip… Awesome.

  • umaneo

    God he’s awesome!

  • Chiron

    Agreed.

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