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Bill Skarsgård on Playing Pennywise the Clown

Bill Skarsgård on Playing Pennywise the Clown


WELL, IT’S VERY GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. YOU’RE FROM SWEDEN I UNDERSTAND.>>I’M FROM STOCKHOLM, THAT’S RIGHT.>>Jimmy: STOCKHOLM. YES, I’VE HEARD OF THAT. WHAT GOES ON IN STOCKHOLM? IS IT A FUN PLACE TO LIVE?>>IT’S A PLACE, YEAH. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: ARE YOU STILL LIVING THERE?>>I’VE BEEN SORT OF ON THE ROAD FOR SEVEN YEARS. SO I’M TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT.>>Jimmy: ACTING AND GOING AROUND AND WHATEVER.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: DO YOU HAVE A HOME OR ARE YOU — YOUR LAST NAME IS VERY AT THE LEAST FAMILIAR TO PEOPLE BECAUSE YOUR DAD STELLAN IS AN ACTOR.>>YEAH, HE’S AN ACTOR.>>Jimmy: HE WAS IN — HE’S IN SO MANY MOVIES. HE’S IN “GOOD WILL HUNTING.” THE “THOR.” MOVIES. YOUR BROTHER ALEXANDER IS AN ACTOR. SO IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOUR DAD ENCOURAGED YOU TO DO, TO BE AN ACTOR? IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WANTED?>>YOU HAVE TO, YEAH. HE HAS EIGHT KIDS. AND THE FIRST RULE IS YOU HAVE TO BECOME AN ACTOR.>>Jimmy: EIGHT CHILDREN. HOW MANY OF THEM ARE ACTORS?>>HALF SO FAR. SO FOUR.>>Jimmy: REALLY?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: AND THERE’S A POSSIBILITY THAT MORE SKARSGARDS — >>YEAH, BECAUSE THERE’S THE TWO ONES THAT ARE VERY LITTLE.>>Jimmy: DO YOU HOPE THAT THEY DON’T JUST TO KIND OF REDUCE SOME OF THE COMPETITION — >>COMPETITION, YEAH. [ LAUGHTER ] I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE THE YOUNGEST ONE. AND THEN MY LITTLE BROTHER IS 5 YEARS YOUNGER AND BETTER-LOOKING — >>Jimmy: YOU NEVER KNOW NOWADAYS — >>IT’S JUST A WHOLE KIND OF GREEK EPIC STORY.>>Jimmy: YEAH. AND WHEN YOU WERE A KID, DID YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR FATHER AND GO TO MOVIE SETS AND GET TO SEE ALL THAT STUFF?>>YEAH. FOR SURE. HE WOULD SHOOT — AND MY DAD’S CAREER KIND OF TOOK OFF WHEN I WAS A KID AND HE WOULD — INTERNATIONAL CAREER AT LEAST, AND HE WOULD SHOOT IN ALL THESE VERY EXOTIC LOCATIONS. AND I — YOU KNOW, HE WOULD BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND PRETTY MUCH BREAK EVEN.>>Jimmy: YEAH, THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE TO BRING.>>YEAH. IT’S A LOT OF KIDS TO BRING. AND HE WOULD BRING A HOUSE FOR US ALL TO COME — >>Jimmy: DO YOU REMEMBER BEING ON ANY OF THOSE SETS AND SEEING SOMETHING THAT STILL KIND OF LASTS IN YOUR MIND?>>I GET THE QUESTION A LOT WHERE IT’S LIKE OH, YOU COME FROM AN ACTING FAMILY AND FOR A KID ACTING IS LIKE THE MOST APPEALING JOB EVER. LIKE YOU’RE 8 YEARS OLD AND YOU’RE ON A SET AND YOUR DAD’S LIKE — YOUR DAD’S YOUR DAD. BUT LIKE ON SET HE HAS LIKE A GUN, THICK MUSTACHE, AND THE WHOLE THING.>>Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT.>>SO FOR ME IT’S LIKE — AS A KID THAT’S WHAT YOU DO BEING A KID, PLAYING LIKE WITH YOUR FRIENDS. SO THE APPEAL OF THIS IMAGINARY, YOU KNOW, FANTASTICAL WAY OF JUST BEING PAID AND BEING AN ADULT AND ACTING LIKE A CHILD I THINK WAS PLANTED AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.>>Jimmy: AND NOW YOU GET TO BE A CLOWN WHO EATS CHILDREN.>>EXACTLY. [ LAUGHTER ] WE GO FULL CIRCLE HERE.>>Jimmy: WE HAVE A PICTURE OF YOUR LOOK. PEOPLE ARE SCARED ALREADY. WERE THE KIDS ON SET ACTUALLY SCARED OF YOU?>>I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. THE KIDS WERE — BECAUSE WHEN YOU WORK WITH KIDS LIKE ACTORS YOU NEVER KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE GAME OR NOT. LIKE SOME KIDS THAT ARE ACTORS THAT HAVE THIS KIND OF RAW TALENT, AND SOME OF THEM ARE LIKE PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AT 12 YEARS OF AGE.>>Jimmy: RIGHT. YES.>>THESE SEEMED TO BE — LIKE YOU DIDN’T KNOW GOING INTO IT BUT THEY WERE ALL LIKE REALLY PROFESSIONAL ACTORS. THIS ONE KID, JACK RACER PLAYS EDDIE IN THE MOVIE. IT WAS MY FIRST DAY OF SHOOTING AND WE KIND OF DELIBERATELY KEPT ME SEPARATED FROM THE KIDS. THEY’D NEVER SEEN A CLOWN, THEY’D NEVER REALLY MET ME, AND THIS IS ONE SCENE AND THE SCENE OF THE MOVIE IS VERY INTENSE. AND IT WAS MY FIRST DAY. SO I NEEDED TO KIND OF GET INTO CHARACTER AND IT WAS LIKE, OH, HEY THERE, JACK, HOW ARE YOU? LOOKING LIKE THAT. AND THE SCENE I WALK OUT AND I APPROACH HIM AND IT’S A REALLY INTENSE SCENE AND I’M SORT OF RIGHT IN HIS FACE. I’M DROOLING ALL OVER HIM. AND HE’S CRYING. AND WE SORT OF BLOCK IT BRIEFLY WITHOUT DOING REALLY EMOTION INTO IT. AND THEN YOU KNOW, THEY YELL ACTION AND I DO IT. AND I’M DOING THIS CLOWN THING AND I’M SCREAMING — BECAUSE PART OF PENNYWISE IS THAT HE HATES THE KIDS AND THERE’S SO MUCH ANGER — >>Jimmy: MOST CLOWNS DO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>AND THEN I APPROACH HIM AND I SCREAM IN HIS FACE AND WE’RE DOING THE SCENE AND HE’S CRYING AND GAGGING AND DOING THIS WHOLE THING. AND IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD AS WE’RE SHOOTING IT I’M LIKE OH, MY GOD, I’M TRAUMATIZING THIS CHILD. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: YEAH.>>LIKE WHAT AM I DOING? AND THEN HE — AND THEN THEY SAY — YOU KNOW, THEY YELL CUT, AND I GO, ARE YOU OKAY, JACK? HE GOES, “I LOVED WHAT YOU WERE DOING. I LOVED WHAT YOU WERE DOING WITH THE CHARACTER.” [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: THIS IS WHY CLOWNS HATE CHILDREN.>>YEAH. AND I WAS LIKE, I LOVE WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH THE CHARACTER? THANK YOU, JACK.>>Jimmy: THANK YOU, JACK. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH JACK AFTER THE FILM WRAPS?>>WELL, I HOPE HE’LL HIRE ME AT ONE POINT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT. WELL, I DON’T WATCH SCARY MOVIES BECAUSE I GET TOO SCARED. BUT I HEARD THIS ONE IS PARTICULARLY SCARY. I THINK YOU’VE GOT A GOOD ONE ON YOUR HANDS.>>BUT YOU’LL NEVER WATCH IT?>>Jimmy: I WILL NEVER SEE IT, NO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU SHOULD.>>Jimmy: DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES?>>IT’S WEIRD. I’VE KIND OF BECOME THIS LIKE GENRE ACTOR NOW IT SEEMS LIKE. AND I NEVER REALLY GOT INTO THE IDEA OF GETTING SCARED.>>Jimmy: YEAH, ME NEITHER. I DON’T LIKE IT. YOU KNOW WHY? IT SCARES ME. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH, RIGHT. THERE’S TWO WAYS TO GO ABOUT IT. SOME PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY AND LOVE THE SENSATION OF FEAR. AND I GET LIKE UPSET AND ANGRY.>>Jimmy: I THINK THAT’S WHAT GOD INTENDED FOR US TO EXPERIENCE WITH FEAR. LIKE WHEN WE SEE BEARS COMING AT US WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GO OH, THIS IS AWESOME.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: WE’RE SUPPOSED TO RUN. EXACTLY. THAT’S A GOOD LESSON FOR EVERYBODY. ALL RIGHT. [ LAUGHTER ] WELL, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THE MOVIE IS CALLED “IT.”

Comments (100)

  1. Honestly he ruined the character. Made it kind of cringey and not scary at all

  2. psycho… looks .. o.O

  3. You can see a little bit of penny wise in his eyes. Hell who doesn't have a bit of penny wise in them.

  4. I don't know why that most of the ugliest characters in movies are played by good looking actors

  5. I love him & his family, they are so talented!♥️

  6. I Just Wanna Know Why His Forheads So Big When He's Pennywise 😂

  7. Don’t run from bears, play dead .

  8. Thought this was Frenkie de jong

  9. Hemlock Grove 100%. Enough said.

  10. Hemlock grove ❤️

  11. Next Willem Dafoe

  12. "What goes on in Stockholm"? Most ignorant statement ever.

  13. Jimmy never watched his dads or his older brothers films evidently. Bill studdered when he asked him the first question. This is why i only watch clips from from late night shows. Over hf just get things to ask from they're writers. It's b.s. Hello hollywood. Bill a good guy in person

  14. Why does Jimmy keep cutting him off, it's like the second he tries to say something, he has to cut him off, and take the spotlight back…..

  15. He should play the next joker

  16. Jimmy Kümmel, naturally a shitty interviewer. Stop interrupting the man while speaking for crying out loud!

  17. Every Comment in this video has at least 1k likes

  18. 0:21 OMG HIS ATTITUDE 🤡

  19. he is a handsome young man

  20. Dude! His brother is a vampire!!!!

  21. He’s scarily hot does that make sense aha ❤️

  22. Kimmel is such a bland boring interviewer.

  23. Skarsgard more like really fricking skarygard

  24. CORRECTION Pennywise the "dancing" clown sooooo

  25. Who’s hyped for IT Chapter 2?

  26. this channel should be called jimmy the wimp live

  27. Uhh you never run from a bear Jimmy. Smh. Guess growing up in NY didnt teach him that.

  28. Who knew a ugly killing clown can be so damn hot in real life

  29. he is actually gorgeous like-

  30. This was on September 6 and the second one is on September 6 as weel

  31. Doesn't this guy look like Cilian Murphy?

  32. he looks like Kevin bacon,Steve busemi

  33. I’m so jealous of his girlfriend
    I mean I don’t know him personally but he seems so nice ;—;

  34. hes actually got the same eyes as tim curry the original pennywise

  35. After It 2 they better give him a OSCAR💯

  36. If you see a bear you better not to run !!!

  37. Tasty tasty beautiful fear

  38. Marvel/Sony cast this man as the green goblin

  39. He can also play Joker

  40. I want him to read the penny wise thirst tweets 🙂

  41. finally good interview from Kimmel

  42. Do not. Never scier kids

  43. Why both to have a guest on your show if your the one always talking (Jimmy Kimmel). He must think his more interesting than his guest.

  44. Who thinks this guy is really handsome but is the best Pennywise ever??

  45. This may sound weird but he kinda looks like the clown Pennywise from it

  46. This man is utterly handsome

  47. This man is utterly handsome

  48. Jergan the horse 1:01 🐎

  49. If I was a actor of the losers club I wouldn't be scared I would do the set

  50. so um does this guy get girls cuz i could never

  51. Is it just me who thinks it’s cool that he’s from the same land as me

  52. I think he'll do extremely well as a refreshed Joker

  53. He looks hot but has a naturally psicho face

  54. Of course he is creepy as hell, his Name is also Günther! 😂🤣

  55. yeah he has a natural scary look

  56. Actually if a bear runs at you, do NOT run. Very bad idea

  57. look at the game Grey:An Alien Dream, there is a demo level based on IT movie!

  58. What a hard working man, give him a oscar already! 🔥

  59. He should be the new joker.

  60. He’s a great Pennywise and I’m obsessed with scary movies! Chapter 1 was so good! I can’t wait for Chapter 2! 🎈

  61. He’s Alexanders brother?! Damnn they’re all good looking 😍

  62. Parece que quando ele vai sorrir, não para de fazer igual o palhaço kkkk

  63. I demand Skarsgard as the Joker! He is the only one I trust to live up to Ledger

  64. I enjoyed reading the recent story where one of the young actors on the new "It" movie saw Bill Skarsgard dressed as the killer clown was drinking coffee in costume and having his breakfast. Bill greeted the young actor kindly but the kid was so freaked out by the clown make-up even though everything was make believe he had to get away from Bill as "Pennywise."

  65. Kimmel said when you see a bear, your suppose to run…thats the worst uneducated funny answer I've ever heard lol a bear can easier out run a human plus they climb trees so ya good luck with that😂

  66. Love this actor as Pennywise. So looking forward to IT 2 this weekend.

  67. I bet he was scared of himself when he watched the film

  68. Makeup is magic. Turning this beautiful lovely face into a monster that I don't even wanna think about is impressive.

  69. Great now im attracted to a clown who eats children

  70. Why he is actually attractive

  71. I wish I was kinda handsome like this guy

  72. Hey, Jimmy, shut the fnck up and let him answer a question before you move. Act like you give half an ounce of sh!t.

  73. who knew pennywise was hawt

  74. Y'all are so funny. Like, I get he's got a kind of gothic attractiveness, but literally 95% of these comments are about how hot he is. …What about how he did in the movie? lol Personally, I thought he was pretty great – scary and intimidating but in a different way than Tim Curry.

  75. Damn! This clown makes guy hide their girlfriend….

  76. This interview creeped me out. It's penny in a suit. Everytime he smiles its like…shiver.

  77. jimmy shut up man, let this man complete just one thought

  78. He looks like a older version of Jace Norman

  79. I think he look like Steve Buscemi a little bit

  80. Naw it is coming to fornite

  81. creepy but hot that’s the interesting one i guess

  82. you can’t tell me he’s not the best actor in the movie.

  83. Anyone see his forehead change colours

  84. i can’t unsee pennywise… might’ve pissed myself a little..

  85. Who’s here after watching IT Chapter 2?

  86. He must have known pewds

  87. He looks like combination from harry styles and steve buscemi

  88. kimmel gets scared with everything..

  89. omg he feels creepy even whe hes just normal

  90. ”Skiis down Greece economy curve”

  91. He's so handsome but a bit scary face…

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