Recently, it was announced that 22-year-old British actor Will Poulter will play Pennywise the Dancing Clown in a remake of the 1990 horror movie It.
Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name (with a whopping 1,138 pages!), It tells the story of a group of children who are terrorised by a shape-shifting demon simply called “It”.
It is able to take the form of children’s fears and phobias such as spiders and quite possibly, homework. One of its well-known appearances, of course, is as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
In the “classic” horror movie, Pennywise was played fantastically by British actor Tim Curry. Curry was so good in portraying the mean ****ole that is Pennywise, many kids who saw the movie grew up to be clown-fearing adults.
At least, that’s what we assume.
Here are 5 reasons the relatively-unknown Poulter will do justice to the role in today’s Internet world.
He has the eyebrows
Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows have got nothing on Poulter’s scary brows.
Poulter has very distinctive eyebrows. In fact, the Belfast Telegraph once referred to them as “evil brows”. That quality could certainly fare well on Pennywise the Clown’s sinister make-up checklist.
The make-up artist who’d be getting Poulter as a human canvas can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the eyebrows.
Check out this clip of Pennywise’s horrible eyebrows. (Warning: May induce irrational fear of odd-looking eyebrows.)
He’s 188cm tall
There are two kinds of clowns. A vertically-challenged one is funny. However, a clown that stands at an imposing 188cm (that’s six feet, two inches for those of you who do not understand the metric system *cough*Americans*cough*) can induce all kinds of scary on kids, which incidentally, is Pennywise’s favourite prey.
(Warning: May induce irrational fear of bath time.)
He can do comedy as a clown
Poulter made waves on the Hollywood radar as Jennifer Aniston’s pretend teenage son in the comedy We’re The Millers. He was the meek, gangly Kenny Rossmore who then surprised everyone by showing how he can rap to Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes’ verse in the TLC hit, Waterfalls.
Now who else is full of surprises and hilarious? We’re sure Poulter has many more hidden talents that he might just unleash while playing Pennywise.
Meanwhile, here’s a clip of our “favourite” dancing clown from It in which he goes from nice to nasty in seconds.
(Warning: May induce irrational fear of drains.)
There’s also a serious side to him
When he’s not making the audience laugh, Poulter can be quite the bully. In The Maze Runner, he showcased his serious no-nonsense side as Gally. He basically tells the new kid and younger ones to know their place in the Glade where the maze is based.
Do you know who else has a knack for telling kids where they belong? This jerk in the clip ⇓ (Warning: May induce irrational fear of jerk-y clowns.)
He doesn’t clown around when it comes to his acting career
In an interview with The Irish Times, Poulter said that he viewed acting as a form of release.
“School didn’t offer me very much. And acting was a release from what I found to be a very tough period. At school I felt quite down and despondent.”
Poulter was only 14 when he got his first lead role in the critically-acclaimed Son Of Rambow. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
This year, he starred in the another critically-acclaimed Sundance favourite Glassland, an Irish drama about a mother battling alcoholism. His performance was hailed as a welcome source of comic relief by The Hollywood Reporter.
In other words, Poulter sounds like an actor who would do justice to the iconic role of Pennywise the creepy clown. The new It movie directed by Cary Fukunaga is expected to be released in 2017. Till then, we’ll just have to continue to float on.