Bill Skarsgård Teaches Colbert The ‘Pennywise Smile’


YOU KNOW MY NEXT GUEST AS
PENNYWISE THE CLOWN IN THE HORROR FILM “IT.” HE NOW REPRISES HIS ROLE IN THE
NUMBER ONE MOVIE IN AMERICA, IT CHAPTER TWO.” CHAPTER TWO.” ( SINISTER MUSIC )
>>HELLO, RICKY. ISN’T THAT WHAT YOUR FRIENDS
CALL YOU?>>YOU’RE NOT MY FRIEND. YOU’RE SCARY. ( CRYING )
>>WHY ARE YOU CRYING? PEOPLE ALWAYS MAKE FUN
BECAUSE OF THE WAY I LOOK.>>Stephen: AWWWW! ( LAUGHTER )
PLEASE WELCOME TO “THE LATE SHOW” BILL SKARSGARD! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>Stephen: NICE TURN INTO THE
CHAIR THERE. NICELY DONE.>>THANK YOU, I REHEARSED IT ALL
MORNING. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YOU PLAY A MONSTER REALLY WELL. ( LAUGHTER )
ARE YOU OKAY? YOU OKAY WITH THAT? ( LAUGHTER )
>>NO ONE’S REALLY OKAY, STEPHEN… ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: I SUPPOSE NOT. NOW, I KIND OF SEE HIM IN YOU
RIGHT HERE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY
RECOGNIZE YOU AS BILL SKARSGARD, BUT ARE PEOPLE FRIGHTENED OF YOU
WHEN THEY SEE YOU NOW?>>UM, YOU KNOW, ENOUGH.>>Stephen: ARE CHILDREN
FRIGHTENED OF YOU?>>NO, THEY’RE PRETTY GOOD.>>Stephen: DO YOU HAVE
CHILDREN?>>I HAVE ONE, YEAH.>>Stephen: HOW OLD IS THIS
CHILD?>>SHE’S 11 MONTHS OLD.>>Stephen: NEVER LET HER SEE
THIS MOVIE. ( LAUGHTER )
DOES THAT WORRY YOU AT ALL THAT SOME DAY —
>>I’VE GOTTEN A BUNCH OF FUN, LIKE, MERCHANT STUFF THROUGHOUT
THE YEARS. SO HER LITTLE BABY ROOM IS
FILLED WITH ALL THESE PENNYWISE TEDDY BEARS. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: OH, THAT’S NICE. YEAH.>>Stephen: SOVEN HER UP. YEAH, YEAH.>>Stephen: EXACTLY. NOW, YOUR TAD IS STELLAN
SKARSGARD, FOR PEOPLE WHO DONNED KNOW AND YOUR BROTH, SR.
ALEXANDER SKARSGARD.>>THERE THEY ARE.>>Stephen: AND A COUPLE OF
OTHER SIB LICK ACTORS, DO PEOPLE CONFUSE YOU WITH THE OTHER
SKARSGARDS?>>SOME DO, SOME DON’T. I HAVE THIS THING THAT I GET
CONFUSED A LOT WITH PETER SKARSGARD BEING ONE TO HAVE THE
SKARSGARDS.>>Stephen: I HAVE CALLED
PETER SARSGARD PETER SKARSGARD.>>LEGEND HAS IT THAT PETER IS
ACTUALLY THE FIRSTBORN SON OF STELLAN SKARSGARD BUT HE DID
SOMETHING SO INCREDIBLY SHAMEFUL THAT MY DAD RIPPED OUT THE K AND
HE WAS FOREVER EXILED AS PETER SARSGARD.>>Stephen: THAT SOUNDS
PAINFUL TO HAVE YOUR K RIPPED OUT. ( LAUGHTER )
YOU ALSO GET CONFUSED, PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU HAVE AN
UNCANNY — AND I SEE THIS — AN UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO ANOTHER
GREAT ACTOR. THERE IS YOU AND STEVE BUSCEMI
RIGHT THERE. ( APPLAUSE )
THAT IS REALLY FANTASTIC.>>I’VE HEARD THAT ALL MY LIFE.>>Stephen: EVEN AS A CHILD? YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU WERE A VERY
TIRED CHILD? ( LAUGHTER )
>>NO, I WAS, LIKE, BIG SOULFUL EYES.>>Stephen: THERE YOU GO. ( LAUGHTER )
>>BUT I HAD A FRIEND WHO EVEN LOOKED MORE LIKE STEVE BUSCEMI
THAN I DID. SO THE GROWING JOKE WHEN I GREW
UP IS WE EACH SAID WE LOOKED LIKE HIM AND I WON. THERE’S AN ACCOUNT THAT’S
DEDICATED TO THE TWO OF US. I TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT. I THINK HE HAS ONE OF THE BEST
FACES IN THE BUSINESS.>>Stephen: YEAH. GOOD BODY, TOO. ( LAUGHTER )
FANS ARE SAYING YOU’VE MADE THIS CHARACTER ICONIC. WHAT DID YOU DO TO PREPARE? DID YOU BASE PENNYWISE ON
ANYTHING OR ANYONE?>>UM — I DON’T KNOW. IT’S A WEIRD THING, YOU KNOW,
BECAUSE I TRIED TO JUST — OBVIOUSLY, TIM CURRY DID THIS
ICONIC PERFORMANCE OF PENNYWISE, AND WE WERE REMAKING IT, AND I
GOT TO FILL, YOU KNOW, THESE HUGE CLOWN SHOES, AND THEY’RE
BIG SHOES TO FILL.>>Stephen: THAT’S NOT EASY. NO. SO WE WERE, LIKE, OKAY, HOW CAN
WE MAKE THIS DIFFERENT? I DON’T KNOW. I DRAW INSPIRATION FROM WEIRD
STUFF. I WAS, LIKE, WATCH AGO LOT OF —
I JUST LIKE WATCHING THESE ANIMAL DOCUMENTARIES AND SO
FORTH, AND AS I WAS PREPARING THE CHARACTER, I WAS, LIKE, OH,
I GUESS HE’S A LITTLE HYENA AND A LITTLE GRIZZLY BEAR.>>Stephen: HOW IS HE A
GRIZZLY BEAR.>>BECAUSE OF THE LIP. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BIG GRIZZLY
BEAR SCREAM WITH ALL OF THE DROOL AND —
>>Stephen: SURE, YEAH. CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DO THE
FACE?>>I CAN TRY.>>Stephen: I’D LIKE TO TRY. THIS IS ACTUALLY, ALSO, YOU
KNOW, A LITTLE BIT OF A SHOUT OUT TO MY BROTHER WHO COINED THE
ORIGINAL PENNYWISE SMILE.>>Stephen: OKAY. AND THEN TURNS OUT THAT ABOUT
80% OF SKARSGARD, SARSGARD NOT INCLUDED, CAN ACTUALLY DO THIS
SMILE. IT’S TRUE. IT’S WEIRD.>>Stephen: WHAT DO I NEED TO
DO?>>I CAN SHOW YOU.>>Stephen: SHOW ME. OKAY. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: SO RIGHT IN THE CAMERA THERE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>DO THIS ONE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>YOU PRACTICED! ♪
>>STEPHEN: “IT CHAPTER TWO” IS IN THEATERS NOW. BILL SKARSGARD, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY “BANKS.”

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