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.