Screengrab via Team Coco/YouTube


The smile worn by Pennywise the Clown in It as he terrorizes the ragtag group of “Losers” is unnerving on a new level, but as it turns out, his portrayer had plenty of time to hone it in and test it out.

As actor Bill Skarsgård explained to Conan O’Brien, the pointed smile was something he realized he could do as a child after seeing his older brother Gustav do it, but the real magic occurred long before he would ever play cinema’s scariest clown. All he had to do was don a shirt around his head, wear that smile, and test it out on his younger brother.

As for the children he was supposed to scare, at least one of them had him fooled. Skarsgård initially thought he had traumatized one of the child actors on his first day of shooting, but it was a much different story once the cameras stopped rolling.

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.

See the first image of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise
After Tim Curry's iconic turn in the 1990 miniseries, 'It' is back.
From Our VICE Partners