Speaking to Sechrest Things, Annette O’Toole, who played the adult Beverly Marsh in the 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King’s It, shared her thoughts regarding the upcoming remake from Andres Muschietti (Mama) and New Line. Simply put, she doesn’t think the movie should be remade.
“I don’t think they need to remake anything that was good the first time,” said O’Toole.
Indeed, the movie is fondly remembered by many King fans, especially those who were lucky/unlucky enough to be children when the TV miniseries first aired in November of 1990 on ABC. While the book was already one of King’s most popular works in the late 80s, many fans will undoubtedly make the case that it wasn’t until Tim Curry’s (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) turn as the evil clown Pennywise that the story was immortalized.
Said O’Toole of Curry’s performance:
Tim is the MAIN reason this movie works. I have to qualify this though, because I’ve only seen IT once when it first was on, so I’m solely going by memory and what I’ve read about the movie. He spent a LOT of time in a separate make-up trailer with his own team of people who at first were doing all these tests for the Pennywise make-up. I remember that he read constantly — always had a stack of books. We only had one scene together that I recall, when Ben is kissing Bev but it turns out to be Pennywise. I had to wear Pennywise’s pants in one part of the scene because of a trick of how they were shooting it. This was WAY before all this CGI. It was just cool to be around Tim. We all went out a couple of times for dinner and he always came with us. We bonded as a little family, even with Pennywise. He is the reason for the family after all.
Today, Curry’s Pennywise is not only responsible for virtually everyone’s fear of clowns, but might also have inspired all of those real-life creepy clown sightings in recent years. It’s really no surprise that O’Toole finds the upcoming movie a bit redundant.
The Muschietti-directed It remake is certainly one of the most high-profile film projects based on the King of Horror’s work in recent years. Despite its behind-the-scenes drama – original director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) dropped out because he couldn’t secure the budget he needed for the film – the movie is on schedule to release on Sept. 8. It stars Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) as the terrifying Pennywise, a monster that preys on the children of a small town in Maine. Skarsgard, of course, has some very big clown shoes to fill.
As for O’Toole, she reminisced about her scariest scene in the 90s movie:
I mostly remember the cup of tea that had this weird sludgy chocolate syrupy stuff that was the blood. It was probably the only scene in the whole film that FELT scary to shoot, because none of my buddies were there. It was just me. Just me and the really scary lady and the cup of chocolate blood stuff.
Shooting It didn’t scare off O’Toole from appearing in another adaptation of King’s work, of course. The actress recently appeared in the Hulu miniseries 11.22.63, in which she played Edna.
“One of the producers told me on the set that I was an ‘easter egg’ for the Stephen King fans,” said O’Toole. “I thought that was hilarious and apt.”
You can read much more about Stephen King’s It right here.