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IT's Bill Skarsgard admits he was haunted by Pennywise nightmares

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Jan 10, 2018

Those of us who had trouble shaking the terrifying image of Pennywise the clown from our mind's eye after seeing 2017's IT can rest easier in the knowledge that the actor who brought him to life also had trouble leaving the character behind.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill Skarsgard confessed that even after the film had wrapped he had a difficult time separating himself from the scary creature that occasionally manifests as a killer clown. In fact, Pennywise apparently took it upon himself to visit Skarsgard in his dreamscape "every night," according to the actor.

"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."

Although Skarsgard's dreams could potentially have an ominous interpretation, the actor remains convinced that this was a means for him to move on from the role after spending so much time immersed in the subconscious of the evil entity. Sometimes the mind just needs to work through it all.

"This was a process of letting go of the monster," Skarsgard added. "It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again."

He'll have to don the makeup again to reprise the role in the upcoming sequel, IT: Chapter Two, which is planned for a 2019 release and centers around the Losers' Club returning to their Derry hometown for the ultimate showdown with Pennywise. 

IT is available on Blu-Ray January 9.