Bill Skarsgård's creepiest role: Pennywise or The Kid? | The Tylt
Bill Skarsgård's creepiest role: Pennywise or The Kid?
Horror fans were amazed with Skarsgård's terrifying performance in "It." He managed to fill the clown shoes of Tim Curry's original role. Salon's Matthew Rozsa wrote:
Indeed, he was surpassed by only one actor in the entire cast — Skårsgard himself.
Like Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs" or Heath Ledger as Joker in "The Dark Knight" — both of whom rightly won Oscars themselves — Skarsgard gives a performance that chills you right to your core. It's a melange of subtle quirks: The tinny tone he uses when trying to sound child-like, the menacing arching and lowering of his eyebrows, his loping body mannerisms that manage to be simultaneously intimidating and sickly comical. Even though the audience isn't given much backstory for Pennywise, Skårsgard is able to convey volumes through his interactions with the children. He is at once playful and contemptuous toward them, never questioning his own superiority, yet energized by the thrill of the hunt.
Fans are falling in love with Skarsgård's creepy role as The Kid in "Castle Rock." But viewers are also trying to figure him out. Is he evil or just creepily supernatural with special abilities? Mashable's Alexis Nedd wrote:
So on top of everything else he’s immortal or something. Sure.
To be fair, adding this element of the supernatural to The Kid’s character does clear up a few things about him. It explains how he was able to survive in a cage too small for his body for nearly three decades and not completely lose all of his muscle tone (for evidence, look no further than The Kid’s aforementioned butt, which is most definitely not the butt of someone who has been inactive for 27 years). Also he apparently ate nothing but Wonder Bread all that time and never got scurvy.
However for everything The Kid’s immortality explains, it does little to clear up literally everything else about him. There are arguments to be made that he is a malicious presence, if not the devil then another force of evil perhaps purposefully shaped like a pretty white dude with cake for days. The other option is that he is a natural and reluctant evil, whose presence and touch is enough to unintentionally induce cancers, fires, and homicidal rage in humans and canines alike.