‘It Chapter Two’: Bill Hader Says the Sequel Is an ‘Epic Horror Film’ Akin to ‘Lord of the Rings’

IndieWire | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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Between making “Barry” and snagging Emmy nominations for it, Bill Hader starred in one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of 2019. “It Chapter Two” arrives on the heels of an original that grossed more than $700 million, so expectations for a follow-up are high — especially considering the blockbuster ethos of “bigger is better.”

Hader, who got to see “a good chunk” of the film while recording ADR a few weeks back, told IndieWire the scale is appropriately “massive.”

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“[Director] Andy Muschetti played me scenes, and just the scope of it is so big,” Hader said. “It’s bigger than the first one. […] It’s an epic horror film. It feels like ‘Lord of the Rings’ or something — just, ‘Whoa! This is cool!'”

He described the production itself as “massive,” adding that he’s “never seen so many sets” for a single film. “It was like being in ‘The Goonies,'” he said. “And then talking to the younger kids, ‘Did you guys just have the best time ever doing this?'”

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Hader said Muschetti didn’t have to “compromise on anything visually,” and the two-time Emmy nominee for Outstanding Director remembered his film director fondly. “He does a lot of takes,” Hader said. “He has a clear idea of how he wants it, and he’ll just keep going until he gets it. It was nice seeing the finished product and seeing it pay off in ways. It was cool. He’s a real visionary guy — and he’s a sweetheart.”

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Hader emphasized the latter point by recalling an injury he suffered on set.

“Everyone did their own stunts on this movie,” he said. “James McAvoy is jumping off 10-foot tall things, and PJ Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, all these people are doing really cool...
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