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Bill Skarsgård Reveals “Disturbing” Flashback Scene Cut from ‘IT’

We *almost* caught up with Pennywise in the 1600s.

Just last week, IT director Andy Muschietti revealed that an extended version of the hit film will be released on home video, containing approximately 15-minutes of material not seen in the theatrical version. Muschietti teased two scenes in particular that will likely be part of his “director’s cut,” and now we’ve got word on another that was left on the cutting room floor.

During an appearance on Variety’s “Playback” podcast, IT star Bill Skarsgård detailed a deleted scene that dug into the origin story of Pennnywise!

There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” the actor told the podcast. “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.”

Skarsgård continued, “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.”

Earlier this month, Skarsgård expressed similar sentiments about the forthcoming sequel giving us more insight into who/what Pennywise is.

It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is,” he told Metro UK. “That’s where I want to go for the second one; to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being.”

We can only assume the aforementioned deleted scene will be included on the home video release, which doesn’t yet have a planned release date that we know of.



  • C-3PO’s

    Was hoping for something like this, or the saloon massacre. Glad we got the Easter egg hunt stuff, though.

    • khail19

      yeah. that was my favorite interlude too. so so glad that showed up in the movie.

  • Maybe it will be in the Extended Cut.

  • Grimphantom
  • J Jett

    it’s been a million years since i read the book so i forget most of it but was IT ever really explained where it came from/what it was? if it’s inter-dimensional will any concrete explanation of what it is and where it comes from end up being satisfying to most/some people? i know some people (myself included sometimes) dislike it when backstories are given to a film’s antagonists/creatures/etc.

    • Chip

      Concrete is…not the right word. But at it’s most elemental, IT is a big cloud of sentient energy that sits on the edge of an alternate dimension. It managed to send a physical form to earth, and every 28 years IT’s physical form wakes up and eats. Said form is a double edged sword: It has all the powers that are expected of that form, but it also has that weakness.

      That’s probably as short and simple an explanation of IT as you’re ever going to get. King being King of course spends whole chapters to explaining what IT is, and most people are satisfied with the book’s version. The problem is it goes into so much metaphysical themes that it’s really hard to fit into a movie that has so much else it needs to do. One of the reasons you could honestly do three movies for this one book.

      • J Jett

        Chip, thank you for the info/explanation! what you wrote out sounds very interesting (i honestly don’t remember that from the book). i think i’m going to re-read IT again. 🙂

    • C-3PO’s

      There’s a scene where the kids have a vision of seeing something (It?) crash land in the dawn of pre-history.

      • Danny Gately

        I think it’s when they dig that hole and burn crap and start hallucinating from the smoke right?

        • C-3PO’s

          Yep, that’s the one I was thinking of.

  • Chip

    I’m….not so sure I like this. It feels like a very watered down conceptuatlization of IT. I could accept this as the origin for the Pennywise, but not as the entity of IT as a whole. I still want my deadlights and giant spider.

    • Trav

      Chip, I’ve seen you comment on a lot of IT stuff before the movie came out in theaters, so I have to ask: What did you think of it? Did the movie live up to your expectations? I really enjoyed it, and thought it was the terrifying adaption the book deserved.

      I tend to agree with you on this though. I don’t know how much I want to see Pennywise’s origins, because the monster is scarier when we don’t know much about him. It’s the same way something like Slender Man is scary, and giving it too much origin and backstory makes it less scary. I don’t know if I like bringing back the giant spider though.

      • Chip

        I adored it. Was it up to my idea of a perfect horror movie? No. But unlike a lot of horror movies, this delivered what it promised, and actually managed to deliver a few surprises that I didn’t see coming even with all my meta knowledge. Well acted, well written, and while the CGI could have used a bigger budget, the artistic style they went for with the monsters really hit home with me. I think if I had to ding it for anything, it’s that it’s pacing is a little off kilter, and they should have fully committed to the track they put Mike on when they handed over some of his characteristics to Ben.

        Given the monstrous size of IT as a published work, this is better than I could have hoped for as far as adaptation goes, and sets a high water mark for what horror can do in the modern era.

        • Trav

          I agree man! A lot of people are complaining about the CGI, but it honestly wasn’t a huge issue for me. The CGI was good enough to wear it wasn’t a distraction really. I do agree that the pacing was a little shocking, but I can forgive it, because they only were able to cover one part of the story. plus, I feel the comedy was just right, in order to give the audience a break from all the scares and encounters. It is strange that Ben was the historian, but everything we’ve heard suggests Mike will be the one to call them all back to Derry still in Chapter Two. This movie also managed to surprise me, as the trailers did a great job not giving too much away. Overall, I’m very happy to see the praise this movie is getting, as it is a great horror movie.

  • ShadowInc

    Demystifying a monster tend to make them less scary. Probably best to leave Pennywise unexplained.

    • Unless you’ve read the book.

    • Huck42

      Tell that to the dickbags who INSIST on making a Joker origin story movie…

      • Trav

        Yup… I have no idea why there making that. Part of what makes Joker so interesting is because we don’t know too much about his origins. I definitely think making an origin story about Joker takes some mystique and intrigue away from the character.

        • The Fucked Up

          What’s the movie called? “Why So Serious?”

      • ShadowInc

        I would if I could, but I suspect they wouldn’t listen. Cha ching. $$$$

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    honestly most extended cuts i’ve seen just aren’t quite as good as the regular theatrical. there’s a reason they didn’t make it to the final cut.

  • HalesTales

    I’d like to see this scene.

  • I’m starting to think that they are trying to install KIng’s multiverse with the dark tower , IT and possibly a backstory explaining how are some of King’s novel related.. I’m so excited.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Please don’t delve too much. Sounds interesting and all, but it always does. It always does.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I absolutely agree. I enjoyed the movie, but it definitely commits the sin of showing too much. Somethings are more disturbing when left in the fog.

      • Daniel Anderson

        I only recently found out who skarsgard is. Loved hemlock grove. Talked to one of them readers who typically hates movie adaptations who got super excited to talk about “IT”. Then again I also actually really enjoyed Alien: Covenant (even though seriously Scott? Your gonna contradict your own creation???)

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