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IT: 1600s Flashback Was Too Disturbing for Theatrical Cut

Actor Bill Skarsgård has revealed that there was a disturbing scene that was cut from the final cut of the IT movie.

In a recent appearance on Variety’s podcast (via Heroic Hollywood), the actor, who plays Pennywise in the record-breaking horror film, admitted that director Andy Muschietti was forced to cut one particularly creepy flashback sequence showing Pennywise before he was the Dancing Clown we all know and love. Here’s how Skarsgard described the sequence:

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

Along with discussing the cut scene, Skarsgård also talked about how he’s hoping that the second film will delve more into the “metaphysical” aspect of It and the abstract ideas that are present in King’s novel that have yet to be explored on screen. Here is what he said:

“The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things. I think that could be cool to explore as well. It’s like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don’t believe him to be real then he might not be real. There’s an interesting aspect to explore there.”

Recently, it was announced that a director’s cut of IT is on the way, meaning that certain deleted scenes may be added to the original theatrical release. Perhaps this deleted flashback can be added to that cut of the film to tease what’s to come in IT: Chapter Two.

Here is the synopsis for IT:

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgard.

“It” pulled in another $19 million at the domestic box office Friday, bringing the Stateside total to nearly $180 million. The movie is now playing in theaters and will be available here soon for you to watch!

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