[SPOILERS for IT ahead.]
IT star Jaeden Lieberher has revealed his favorite deleted scene from the film. While most of the marketing for IT understandably focused on Bill Skarsgard's creepy updated take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown, one thing most moviegoers have quickly come to discover is that the true heart of the film rests with the Losers' Club. This was true of Stephen King's original novel, and it's very much true of director Andy Muschetti's 2017 film adaptation.
While every young member of the Losers' Club gives a commendable performance, it's arguably Lieberher's rendition of Bill Denborough that stands out the most, which makes sense, as "Big" Bill is the clear leader of the group in the book as well. Much of the emotional heft of Muschetti's adaptation is due to Lieberher's steadfast desire to find his brother Georgie, in the ultimately-vain hope that his sibling will still be alive somewhere down in the sewers of Derry. This is a notable change from both the book and 1990 miniseries, in which Georgie is unequivocally killed by Pennywise during their iconic opening encounter.
During an interview with Variety, Lieberher was asked whether there there were any scenes from IT that didn't make the final cut, but which he had really enjoyed. Here was his response:
"I did have this scene where I climb up the tower at the end. When I’m chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I’m at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I’m not afraid of him, that none of the losers are afraid of him, and that’s how we beat him. But they took those lines and put toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgard is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene."
It can be funny sometimes just how much effort a cast and crew can put into filming a scene that ultimately ends up on the cutting room floor. This sounds like the case with the scene Lieberher describes, which was clearly difficult enough to require that the young actor wear safety equipment just in case something unexpected occur.
Based on what Lieberher mentions about chasing after Georgie, one assumes that the tower he's referring to is in fact Pennywise's tower of mementos that leads up to where his various victims are floating. This tower includes all kinds of ghastly reminders of victims past, including shoes, bikes, dolls, and clothing. One wonders how he might go about climbing up that morbid piece of construction, but if Lieberher is referring to a different tower, it's one not otherwise seen in the film. Either way, here's hoping the scene in question is included on IT's home video release.
- IT (2017) release date: Sep 08, 2017