Stephen King‘s novel turned movie It is getting rave reviews and pulling in more money than filmmakers expected and part of the film’s success can be attributed to Bill Skarsgard’s character Pennywise. The creepy clown has been terrifying audience members and in an interview with Conan O’Brien, Bill explained how he developed the wicked smile Pennywise is known for, and strangely, he created the evil grin as a child.
Bill Skarsgard is the son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard and brother to fellow actors Alexander, Valter, and Gustaf. It was Gustaf whom Bill says used to point his lower lip into a creepy smile, and when Bill was still young, he learned to make the same facial expression.
According to Bill, he created a Swedish character where he would pull his shirt over his head, display the creepy smile on his face, and then chase his brother around the house.
Apparently, Pennywise has been in the works for years.
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Appearing on Conan, Bill Skarsgard not only recounted the story of how he would scare his little brother but also demonstrated Pennywise’s creepy grin. According to Skarsgard, he points his lower lip down. Conan tried to do the same and failed, apparently, this is a Skarsgard family trait.
There is no doubt that the pointed lip makes a creepy girn and the makeup artist accentuated the smirk by drawing curved lines in red from Pennywise’s mouth, up to the cheeks, and then above the eyebrows.
It’s hard to imagine that the creepy smile and character Skarsgard developed as a child would later be his claim to fame. While Bill Skarsgard has been in many films and was one of the lead characters in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, it is his role as Pennywise that is making him a household name.
You can watch Bill Skarsgard on Conan O’Brien and hear him tell the story in the video player below.
What do you think about Bill Skarsgard’s character inspiration for Pennywise? Can you believe he used to make that face then chase his little brother around the house?
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