Gonna have to agree with my fellow James here. I would also not like arriving at work and being immediately placed next to a petrifying killer clown.
Appearing on Good Morning America recently, McAvoy discussed his time on the set of It: Chapter 2. And while Bill Skarsgård was more than happy to hang out with the grown-ups this time around, the feeling wasn’t entirely mutual on McAvoy’s behalf at first — because having to come up against Skarsgård’s creepy take on Pennywise led to the actor having to face his own coulrophobia:
He’s amazing. [Skarsgård] is terrifying. He’s a lovely guy, and yet he really freaked me out. I remember standing there with the rest of the cast, all these adults, and we’d all done weird, freaky stuff. And we are all looking at each other going, "I don’t like being here. I don’t like being an actor today."
He really did, he really freaked me out. I never liked clowns as a kid.
The clown talk starts around 5:20 if you want to hear it for yourself:
Poor guy. At least you’ll know that when Bill and the rest of the grown-up Losers’ Club confront Pennywise in Chapter 2, not all of the fear on McAvoy’s face will be acting.
There are some huge 40th anniversaries coming up this year for horror fans; as you’ll see (and probably already realised), 1979 was a mighty big year for the genre. But that’s not all. As long as you’re planning one party, might as well recognise these other spooky classics that are marking milestones in 2019.