IT Star Compares Pennywise To Heath Ledger’s Joker

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Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise might be a Killer Clown like The Joker, but the Swedish actor thinks that DC's Crown Prince of Crime isn't really the same as It's frightening antagonist.

Speaking in an interview with PEOPLE, Skarsgard decided to draw a line between Pennywise and The Joker, clarifying that Pennywise can't be like Batman's greatest nemesis because he isn't even human.

"I think the biggest difference between Pennywise and the Joker character — or at least Heath Ledger's interpretation — is that he's far more based in reality. [The Joker] is sort of this social anarchist, crazy person, and I don't think Pennywise is the same in that way. He's not even human, he's just pure evil."


The It star makes a fairly strong point –sure the two are clowns, but Heath Ledger's Joker was frightening because of the psychological games that he'd play just so that he could see the world burn. The Joker was more of an anarchist if anything. It's Pennywise on the other hand isn't any bit human, so fans really can't draw up any comparisons between the two.

Here's a synopsis of It:

"Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise."

It is currently screening in cinemas.

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