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[Video] Bill Skarsgård Explains His Creepy Pennywise Smile

Yes, that smile was 100% practical.

Earlier this week we showed you a video of IT star Bill Skarsgård doing his whimsically sinister Pennywise smile for a Swedish radio program; as it turns out, Skarsgård is even creepier when he’s playing Pennywise without any makeup or digital enhancement.

Last night, Skarsgård appeared on “Conan,” where he explained the bizarre ability that host Conan O’Brien described as “the most evil, demonic smile in all of horror.”

As he told Conan, Skarsgård discovered his unique talent for smiling creepily as a child, and he put it to good use scaring his younger brother…

My older brother Gustav… he had this ability to point his lip in a very strange way,” the actor explained, adding that he soon realized he had the same ability. “For some reason… I was maybe ten years old… I came up with this character, Yodigan. I would pull my t-shirt up over my head… and I would do this face, and chase my little brother.”

As a child, that smile scared one person. As an adult, it’s scaring millions.

Once again I say, Pennywise was the role Skarsgård was born to play.



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  • Jason Artiga

    He should play John Carpenter in a movie about the making of Halloween

  • boxcar182

    I am seeing IT again tonight. I really enjoyed the movie.

  • boxcar182

    I agree. When I saw the movie this past Saturday the theater I was in was packed and whenever Pennywise was on screen you could just feel the tension in the room. Everyone was scared yet in awe of what he was bringing.

    • Necro

      Yep! Especially the ‘Georgie’ scene, I still even after seeing it twice can’t get it out of my head. I feel so bad for that kid! After they laugh together about the popcorn at the circus and the way he just gets real quiet and stares at ‘Georgie’ with that menacing ‘I’m going to kill you now’ stare is downright disturbing.

      • boxcar182

        Man, that was absolutely terrifying! That is when the lazy eye kicked in and you’re just thinking ” man, here it comes….”

        • Necro

          I could actually feel my stomach tensing up and trust me when I say it’s a very rare feeling that I get when watching a Horror movie anymore, and I watch a lot of Horror movies! That just simply told me that I can still get scared or be made to feel uneasy while watching a film, even after 30+ years of hardcore fandom! Most importantly with that though is the fact that when done right, Horror (the best genre of film PERIOD) can still bring about those feelings! Something I thought I lost and/or it lost long ago. In this case I’m glad to be wrong!

  • Ima Badlady

    I’m happy this man is getting the accolades he deserves.

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    someone arrange Squires Skasgard marriage already lol

  • Matthew Hutchinson

    Saw IT, last night. IMHO, the impossible has finally happened. Someone made a FANTASTIC Stephen King adaptation!

    • J Jett

      wait, IT is not the first FANTASTIC Stephen King adaptation. just sayin’.

      • Matthew Hutchinson

        Fair point. I’ve edited my comment to include this qualifier: IMHO.

  • Thomas Lindberg

    it’s Jörgen not Yodigan 😀

  • J Jett

    the Skarsgård’s are a pretty talented and BIG family. dad Stellan (who’s always excellent in films) had 8 kids including Bill, Gustaf (check him out in AUGUST BLOOD) & Alexander (they’re all extremely good looking/sexy too!).

    • Jessicka

      Gustaf in Vikings is amazing.

  • It’s Heath Ledger all over again–months of “Why did they hire this loser/ oh my god, he’s going to totally suck” followed by “holy shit–no one else could have played this role, he’s absolutely brilliant.”

    Further proof that maybe it’s sometimes a good idea to just wait to form the opinion after you’ve actually seen something.

    • J Jett

      CJ, i agree w/ you. the same exact thing happened when they announced Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman. 95% of comments on any site containing an article about WW were negative, trashing Gadot (personally i was elated they cast her. i knew she’d do a great job). then the movie came out and almost every person was then saying ONLY positive things about her being cast.

  • MaryMaria

    What a great dude. Hope he gets lots more work!

  • marklola12 .

    I think it helped that hes a odd looking ugly guy in the first place

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