Long live Georgie.
It is traditionally not seen as a heartwarming and funny film.
Alright, it’s got a few fairly hysterical parts and the friendship between the main characters is probably the sweetest thing to have ever been portrayed on screen but overall, it’s terrifying and scary and essentially one of the best horror films of 2017.
That being said, things on the It set clearly weren’t all doom and gloom seeing as producers decided to film a joke scene between Pennywise and Georgie.
And it’s gas.
For those of you who don’t remember or haven’t seen the movie (spoilers), at the very start of the film, little Georgie goes chasing his little newspaper boat down the road during an intense flood.
The boat floats into a drain and Georgie is, understandably, distraught.
He bends down for a little look down the drain and spots Pennywise the Clown.
Pennywise offers Georgie the boat, Georgie reaches out, Pennywise bites off the child’s arm, and eventually pulls him down the drain.
However, a deleted alternate scene has shown that things don’t always have to be awful and that Georgie could have walked away from the situation unscathed.
The people who made IT (2017) actually made a joke version of the Pennywise/Georgie scene. I don't think I've ever heard of a film doing a joke version of a scene and actually keeping it as a deleted scene. pic.twitter.com/RQhoHhFwiU
— Michael Edwards (@MEdwardsVA) January 15, 2018
The clip shows Georgie taking the boat back from Pennywise and toddling off back down the road.
Pennywise isn’t all that delighted about it, but sure look, he’ll find some other child to devour, probably.
People on Twitter were only delighted by the scene too, with many applauding producers for reshooting the scene to give Georgie (and the actor who played him) a happy ending.
I heard that Bill Skarsgård hated scaring the kids without their consent. I think they filmed this scene to assure the young actor playing Georgie that Mr. Skarsgard is a professional actor who wouldn’t hurt him. God Bless Bill.
— Hector Andrade (@Hectorferjr2) January 15, 2018
Bill said he felt absolutely horrible scaring the kids without their consent. He always checked and made sure they were ok after filming a scene and he always apologized! So Sweet. I heard the director wasn’t happy that Bill spoke publicly about this.
— Hector Andrade (@Hectorferjr2) January 16, 2018
Bill Skarsgard, who played Pennywise, previously said that he had worried about scaring the children on set.
He told Jimmy Kimmel:
“I approach him and scream in his face and we’re doing the scene, and he’s crying and gagging, and in the back of my head I’m like, ‘oh my God, I’m traumatizing this child! What am I doing?’
“And then they yell ‘cut’, and I go, ‘Are you OK?’ And he goes, ‘Love what you’re doing! Love what you’re doing with the character!’ And I was like, ‘Thank you.’”