And it turned out that Skarsgård definitely had the skills required to create a terrifying new take on Pennywise. For a start, he had a great menacing stare that came across even under the make-up. The other thing that he could do was a trick few people could pull off – and it even saved the filmmakers some money on digital effects.
“I said [to Bill Skarsgård], ‘In post-production I’m going to deviate your eyes,’ and he said, ‘I can do it,’” Andy Muschietti told Cinema Blend in September 2017. Deviating the eyes is pointing them in different directions, something that not many people can do. “He was here in the morning and he was doing the trick. It’s crazy,” Muschietti added. “What are the chances the guy that you picked for the role could do it?”