The young actor who played Pennywise the Dancing Clown's first victim, Georgie, in Stephen King’s IT showed up to a screening of the film this weekend in costume. Every since the first IT movie first trailer dropped this spring, fans have been waiting with baited breath for the movie - a big screen adaptation of King's best-selling horror classic that previously terrorized fans on the small screen via the 1990 TV miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise.
The anticipation for the IT film escalated to a fever pitch over the summer and fans turned out in droves to see it over the weekend as the movie made its monstrous debut with more than $123 million in domestic ticket sales (and set record for the biggest horror film opener of all time in the process).
In at least one case, the film attracted some very unique audience members, as four theaters in the Alamo Draft House chain in San Antonio, Texas, held all-clown screenings. It seemed to be a feat that couldn't be outdone, that is, until IT actor Jackson Robert Scott decided to attend an Alamo Draft House screening in Phoenix in person.
Scott showed up to the movie dressed as Georgie, complete with the character's yellow raincoat, galoshes and Pennywise's red balloon, while the theater supplied him with a sailboat made of newspaper. The Alamo Drafthouse captured Scott alone in the theater before the movie and posted photos of his appearance on Instagram. One of photos was appropriately accompanied by a caption that read, "We floated with Georgie last night!"
Without question, Jackson showing up in his IT costume was one of the coolest meta appearances related to the film that anybody could have ever pulled off. His terrifying scene at the storm drain with Bill Skarsgard's unnerving Pennywise is not only one of the most memorable scenes in IT, it's perhaps the most important scene because it sets the tone for the entire movie. Probably the only thing that could have been better than Jackson's appearance would have been Skarsgard turning up with him as Pennywise.
There was no word on whether fans mobbed Jackson at the theater once they realized who he was. No matter the case, hopefully the actor is enjoying his anonymity, because it probably won't last long after this weekend. Scott's role in IT was not only pivotal to the success of the film, it's catapulted the actor to greater fame.
Source: Alamo Drafthouse
- IT (2017) release date: Sep 08, 2017