While horror history is full of quite a few memorably terrifying clowns, arguably none are more terror-inducing than Pennywise – as played by the legendary Tim Curry – in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
Unfortunately, Curry has rarely spoken publicly about what it was like on the set of IT, and what elements contributed to the creation of his amazing performance as Pennywise.
That will soon be remedied fully in the recently announced feature-length documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT, from Dead Mouse Productions. Curry is signed on participate in the project, and I think IT fans will agree that hearing what he has to say about the miniseries and his role in it is long overdue.
Still, thanks to former Fangoria correspondent Steve Newton, we can now hear some of Curry’s thoughts about Pennywise, recorded directly on the 1990 set of IT.
Newton hilariously begins things by mistakenly referring to Pennywise as Pennywhistle, but Curry gracefully forges ahead without unleashing any deserved mocking.
The following short clip is only an excerpt from Newton’s full interview recording, but IT fans are still likely to be fascinated by listening to Curry speak about his work on the miniseries, in his delightful English accent.
Newton posted the clip on his blog, Ear of Newt, on which fans can also read the full piece he wrote for Fangoria about his visit to the set and interaction with Curry. Hopefully, once Pennywise: The Story of IT comes out, fans will get so much more great material from the chameleon-like actor.