“I was so incredibly nervous”: Bill Skarsgård Will Never Forget “So many hateful opinions” on Pennywise Casting

Bill Skarsgård took a trip down memory lane on his casting as Pennywise the Clown.

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  • Bill Skarsgård recalled the time he landed on the role of Pennywise the Clown.
  • The actor received a lot of backlash after the studio published a first look photo.
  • Skarsgård's upcoming movie, The Crow, also earned criticisms from fans.
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Bill Skarsgård rose to fame for his role in Andy Muschietti’s It, a supernatural horror film that featured the actor as Pennywise the Clown. It has received mainly positive reviews from critics, and it was a raging success at the box office.

Bill Skarsgård in It
Bill Skarsgård in It / Warner Bros. Pictures

Interestingly, the Swedish star’s portrayal was met with a lot of harsh comments. The film is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same title, and it is already evident that he is playing a character known to so many fans.

Bill Skarsgård Faced Backlash For Playing Pennywise The Clown

In an interview with Esquire, actor Bill Skarsgård confessed how he felt when he landed the role of Pennywise. Back then, he only starred in less popular franchises until his big break in the horror film.


When you are 26, you don’t feel young at all, but now, looking back at it, I was a kid. It was fairly early on in my career to take on something that had so many eyeballs and expectations on it.

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Bill Skarsgård in It / Warner Bros. Pictures

The role was a highly coveted one, and the expectations of people terrified the actor. He revealed that the studio did something he “felt was kind of mean.” They released a first look photo that garnered a bunch of public uproar.

I was so incredibly nervous to start this job, and then the internet is having so many hateful opinions on the weird, strange look of the thing.

He soon learned the ways of the entertainment business and recognized that there will always be eyes watching him, especially when he’s taking on a project that’s quite as massive as It.

Skarsgård further admitted that the performance “unlocked something” in him. He noted that the person he can only please with this job is himself. “It gave me the confidence that I can take on any challenge,” he remarked.


Finally, he has accepted that he cannot make everyone happy. When asked if he ever had doubts, he was quick to say, “Every movie I do.”

Bill Skarsgård’s Upcoming Film Earned Backlash

Bill Skarsgård in The Crow
Bill Skarsgård in The Crow / Lionsgate Films

After this incredible work on It, Skarsgård is now taking on a new project one after the other. He is slated to appear in the Rupert SandersThe Crow this August 23rd, and just like previously, it received more than enough backlash.

The actor’s take on it is quite modern, with his appearance totally different from that of Brandon Lee in the 1994 film. Apart from Skarsgård, the movie will also star FKA Twigs and Danny Huston.


The Crow is a beloved cult-classic film that became controversial due to Lee’s accident on the movie set. Even Alex Proyas, the original director, doesn’t approve of the movie.

Despite all that’s been said, Skarsgård has an impressive filmography that shows the extent of his acting skills. Apart from The Crow, he also just recently starred in Boy Kills World and will soon appear in Nosferatu this December 25th.

It is available to watch on Netflix.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about the latest movies and series. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.