Curiosities | ‘IT: The Thing’, adaptation of Stephen King’s classic, turns 5 years old!
Stephen King is not considered the master of horror literature for whatever reason: throughout his still active career, the novelist has brought to life classics that remain public favorites such as ‘Carrie’, ‘whose’ and ‘The Dark Tower’. However, one of his best known works is, without a doubt, ‘IT: The Thing’.
The extensive book was adapted for the first time into a miniseries, bringing Tim Curry as the ghastly clown Pennywise. In 2017, he was brought to the big screen by the talented hands of Andy Muschietti in what would become the most successful horror film of all time and one of the most well-received of the year – which is why it would yield a sequel rereading the second part of the narrative.
starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott, the plot follows a group of children who band together to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several young people in their city. They discover the culprit is Pennywise, a cruel clown who feeds on their fears and whose violence dates back several centuries.
raising more than US$701.8the film has certainly caught the attention of the public and, very soon, will complete five years since its debut.
To celebrate the feature film’s anniversary, the CinePOP prepared a short list bringing some backstage triviawhich you can see below:
- Grazer (Eddie) was the first to work with Skarsgård (Pennywise). During their scene, Grazer was crying and laughing while Skarsgård was close to his face, screaming and drooling. Skarsgård was genuinely worried about Grazer, and after the scene ended, he asked if the young man was okay. Grazer looked at him and just said, “I love what you’re doing with the character!”
- Pennywise has only four minutes of dialogue in the entire movie.
- Lillis (Beverly) said she had to stand on top of a box in some scenes as she was the youngest actress in the cast.
- Some lines were improvised by the actor, including much of the argument between Eddie and Richie (Wolfhard).
- The prosthetic teeth used by Skarsgård made him drool profusely. Muschietti liked the effect they gave the character and decided to add this characteristic to Pennywise’s wild nature.
- Scott (Georgie) is the youngest member of the cast and said he wasn’t as scared of Pennywise as he thought he would be. He said that he actually had fun doing the scenes and that Skarsgård always joked around between shoots.
- Skarsgård delved into the “psychotic universe” to build the characterization of Pennywise, taking inspiration from titles such as ‘The illuminated’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Batman the dark knight’ and ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
- The film was sent to theaters under the code ‘Pound Foolish’name literally opposite to Pennywise, in English.
- In its opening weekend, the film grossed US$123 million only in North America, breaking the previous title record, ‘Paranormal activity’with more than double the box office.
- Pennywise’s costume in this film is more faithful to the novel’s depiction than seen in the miniseries, including the orange hair and orange pom poms adorning the costume.
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