Bill Skarsgard stole his big brother’s face-pulling technique to create evil clown Pennywise’s creepy smile in the IT movies.
The Swedish actor reveals he used to mimic brother Gustav when he was younger and when he had to create his terrifying film character’s look, he remembered one image from his childhood.
“He knew how to do that with his lip and he had a character for it,” Bill tells Good Morning America. “I don’t remember when I started doing it but I looked up to my older brother and I wanted to be like him… so I was like, ‘I’m gonna do that lip thing – and make it really famous!’
“My brother said, ‘Well, I guess you’ve patented my smile now’, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry’.”