AceShowbiz - Bill Skarsgard might scare everyone on the set of "It" with his clown makeup, but the actor himself was haunted by his own character Pennywise. The 27-year-old actor reveals the shapeshifting killer clown visited him in his dreams even after they wrapped up the filming of the movie.
"I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams. Every night, he came and visited," he says in a new interview with EW. He further shares, "It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn't appreciate. Like, I'm Pennywise and I'm really upset that I'm out in public and people are looking at me."
Explaining the meaning of his dreams, Skarsgard says, "This was a process of letting go of the monster. It was amazing. It's a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again."
The Swedish actor also admits he was so immersed in the role that it was hard to separate the character's depiction from his real attitude. "I liken every character that I do to a relationship that you're in," he says. "Pennywise and Bill go into this sort of relationship together, and I'm trying to figure out who he is and I have to devote so much time and effort to this other person - or thing, in this case - and that goes on for months."
"It's just like being in a very destructive relationship," Skarsgard adds. "People don't really realize it until they're out of it. All your friends go, 'You need to dump this piece of s**t, he or she is destroying your life.' And then once you're out of it, you see, 'I was so miserable.' But I wouldn't say I was miserable doing Pennywise because I had a lot of fun with it as well."
The younger brother of Alexander Skarsgard goes on revealing, "After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, 'Oh, holy s**t, I don't have to deal with this relationship anymore!' It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like, 'Oh my God, I'm relieved that I don't have to deal with the darkness of the character.' I likened it to an exorcism - him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins."
"It", based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, is out on Blu-ray on Tuesday, January 9. The sequel will pick up 27 years later after the first film and is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2019.