This is going to be a rough week for coulrophobiacs (people who fear clowns) since the remake of 'It' premieres on Friday. But while the new Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) has already given people nightmares thanks to the film's frightening trailers, not everyone's terrified of his take on Stephen King's killer clown. Skarsgård's attempt to scare one of the child actors on set backfired hilariously.
"It was my first day of shooting, and we deliberately kept me separated from the kids, who'd never seen a clown and never met me," the Swedish actor told Jimmy Kimmel yesterday. So he didn't know what to expect when he went psycho-clown on 13 year-old actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays the hypochondriac Eddie Kasbrak.
"They yelled 'action,' and...then I approach him and I scream in his face, and he's crying and gagging. And in the back of my head as we're shooting, I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'm traumatizing this child. What am I doing?'"
But it turns out that he wasn't destroying the kid's sanity; he was getting fooled by a precocious actor.
"Then they yell 'cut!' And I go, 'Are you okay, Jack?' And he goes, 'Love what you're doing. Love what you're doing with the character!'"
Could you go nose-to-nose with It and say the same?