And the director wasn’t the only person impressed by Skarsgård. He made such an impression on the young actors who played the children menaced by Pennywise, in fact, that they were soon terrified of him. “Seeing him in person for the first time… he’s 6 feet 4 inches and looming over you with clown make-up and his get-up,” actor Wyatt Oleff told INSTANT just before the film came out. “It was definitely scary at first, until he was really nice and shook our hands and was really cool.”
“Also, seeing him with just a tank top and his clown pants on and his clown make-up from his neck up, holding a cup of coffee was a little helpful to make me not be scared of him… but still scary,” Oleff added. It was good to know that Skarsgård wasn’t attempting any method acting and was nice to the kids! And before too long, other people also started paying attention to what he was like out of character.