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Pennywise actor reveals 'disturbing' flashback cut from It

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As It continues to scare audiences around the country — the film is up to an estimated $218 million at the box office, making it the biggest September release of all time — actor Bill Skarsgard has revealed there could have been at least one more sequence to leave viewers breathless.

Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise the clown in the blockbuster Stephen King adaptation, explained to Variety that a “really, really disturbing” flashback scene was cut from the film.

“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” Skarsgard said on the Playback podcast. “The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”

Flashbacks to the origin of It appear in Stephen King’s novel, but not the finished film. While discussing details of the It sequel — including how one of the key members of the Losers’ Club will fall into drug addiction as he tries to figure out how to kill It once and for all — director Andy Muscietti explained to EW how the beginnings of the monstrous entity will play a part in its defeat.

It is in theaters now.