Stephen King’s IT is one of the few King stories that I look fondly upon, though rewatching a couple of years ago reminded me of its limitations. Of course, one of the few things that holds up is Tim Curry as Pennywise, so there is a lot riding on the new Pennywise. Well the look is half the battle and this is fantastic. Have a look…
Bill Skarsgard spoke with EW.COM regarding the character;
It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.
It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look
There’s a childishness to the character, because he’s so closely linked to the kids. The clown is the manifestation of children’s imaginations, so there’s something child-like about that.
It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.
In addition, Janie Bryant, the costume designer said;
There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.
It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment.