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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Oh, Tim Curry I love you so much. For all its faults the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s IT succeeded in one crucial way: the casting of Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The design of the evil clown and the genuine menace Curry gave to the character really stands out as one of the great villains ever shown on TV. Unfortunately the whole series isn’t spectacular, but we can all celebrate the Curry! I was sent this pic by a reader whose email has gotten lost in the sea of responses to the call for awesome behind the scenes pics. Thank you, generous reader, for this awesome pic, which will probably give someone nightmares tonight. Not me, of course, because I’m tough and ain’t ascairt of creepy-ass clowns. Ahem. Here’s the pic:

Guess it was a hot day and Mr. Curry needed to make sure his pasty white make-up didn’t run! Too cool! That ends this run of clown related pics. I didn’t intend to start it, but couldn’t help myself. I'm sure you understand how it is. If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. If adventure has a name it’d be tomorrow’s pic of the day! See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series

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  • July 16, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Curry should be more famous

    by tronknotts

    He's yet to fail. He's even fun to watch in Congo, despite the accent inconsistancies.

  • July 16, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    It mini-series did kind of suck

    by jimmy rabbitte

    It's too bad because the book is pretty good.

  • July 16, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    he looks sad

    by Bouncy X

    maybe he realized that redhead kid would eventually become a somewhat bigger star. :P

  • July 16, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    That Clown Was So Scary

    by Unlabled

    Watching it as a 11-year old, Curry scared the shit out of me. The spider at the end though made me LOL.

  • July 16, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    1st part was great...

    by jacksparness

    I loved the first part of the IT TV Movie, really tapped into lost summer days of childhood and the fears of young adolesence...had a Stand By Me feel to it.

  • July 16, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Gotta Give It Ip...

    by KosherWookie

    For Tim Curry!!! Even in marginal projects, he always brings the heat! He was genuinely creepy in IT, and I'm not even phobic about clowns...

  • July 16, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    UP, That is...

    by KosherWookie

    ... Damned arthritis!!!

  • July 16, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Is he smoking a red clown cigar?

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    That sounds like a euphamism, and The Curry is a beast!

  • July 16, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    He thrusts his fists against the post...

    by JediRob

    ...and still insists he sees the ghosts.<br><br>Love "IT." Curry is brilliant in it.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Quint is correct. The movie itself is severely lacking

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Tim Curry, however, is fucking perfect as Pennywise. <p> The kids were pretty good too. They made accomplished adult actors look stilted. It can be blamed on the direction of Tommy Lee Wallace to an extent but I just think the kids gel better... <p> That said(hahaha), they should remake this fucking now, still have Curry but tell the actual story. <p> If they could pull off The Ritual of Chud, I would just about shit my pants.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    tronknotts is Right

    by Dave I

    Man, go look at Curry's body of work. He's been in some pretty huge roles and more than a couple cult classics. That and he's got a HUGE body of work in movies, TV, on stage, and in a wide range of genres. <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 16, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    tim curry was genius as the clown

    by thesmilingpsycho

    creepiest. clown. EVER!

  • July 16, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    awesome photo too. My new background

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    that'll scare the missus. She's shit-scared to this day by It. <p> It and Candyman. <p> In fact she freaks out when I say it three times...... Think I might go have some fun....

  • July 16, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by HorrorFan81

    Scariest clown of all time.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Isn't there some IT remake in the works?

    by cyberskunk

    google says there is. Although who knows if it will come to fruition?

  • July 16, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by klytusnotdead

    did you bring the memories back, sad face.end of line.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    IT remake

    by Katet19

    yes there's an IT remake that updates the childhood years to the.....EIGHTIES!!!! because those darn kids who go to the movies to see shit like twilight and meet the spartans couldn't POSSIBLY relate to more than half of the movie being about kids from the FIFTIES!!!! when they look up from their iphones mid text to see why Kellan Lutz used to have a stutter they cant possibly muster the brain juice to ponder what life in the fifties must have been like

  • July 16, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The Movie (series) and the Book

    by Dave I

    The movie/series of IT had its moments. Overall, the book was great and MUCH better. I just felt I knew the characters better, and with King, the real horror isn't in the monsters so much as the people and how they LET things happen, or help facilitate them. Specifically, the people let Pennywise exist there by letting people do horrible things and looking the other way ; similar to Salem's Lot and how they just overlook what's actually going on. You could also argue he gets a bit formulaic, and he does recycle things, but his best works are pretty good. <p><p>The book did have some head-scratching point. Most notably **spoiler alert** the sexual nature of their escape from the sewers. I'd also have liked a bit of a better explanation of the Turtle, the Ritual of Chud, the "Deadlights" and a few other things discussed. But mostly, the sewer sex. Really? That seemed not only unsanitary, but also contradictory (a loss of innocence somehow helped them defeat/escape evil?), and given the situation/ages, well, you know. At the very least, uncomfortable to read about. <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 16, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I fucking HATE clowns!!!

    by tj donkey show

    That is all.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Whoa, memories...

    by TrumpyEatsPotatoes

    When I was 7, I was an extra in the library scene in this. Two things I remember most: seeing these huge wood boards covered in red that had been used to protect the books when the balloons burst (they had someone positioned by the set telling all the little kids, "It's not blood, it's not blood, don't worry, it's not real blood..."), and watching Curry eating a sandwich in full makeup at lunch.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by darktowerjunkie

    Only Tim Curry can make Pennywise look like some average dude having a smoke.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Is that really a behind the scenes pic?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Could just be a still from the show.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Oh, I see. He's got a little fan.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Never mind.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    I also loved that 'Stand by Me' type vibe it had, Curry was at his best in my opinion whenever he was behind a mask (Legend also), shame it all built up to a ending where they all kick a giant spider to death...

  • July 16, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Hiya, Georgie!

    by MCVamp


  • July 16, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    That's very woise of your father

    by Fuzzyjefe

    very woise indeed.

  • July 16, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    If that hand fan were a sandwich, then he'd...

    by Frisco

    ...look an awful lot like poor, depressed Keanu Reeves sitting on a bench, contemplating life.

  • July 16, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    He was the only thing good about the IT series

    by Nice Marmot

    Georgie and Pennywise down in the sewer was so brutally scary in the book back in the day. Before I was old enough to read it, I remember my parents jumping out of their skin at the site of a mechanical clown at a museum. It was like the Pee Wee chained his bike too in Big Adventure. I asked them what was up and they said it reminded them of Pennywise. I looked at them like they were crazy . . .

  • July 16, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Curry was perfect

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    all us kids were talking about when it aired. It is part of growing up: how scared were you when you saw Pennywise. If they remake it has to be Curry, his wide eyes and general facial structure just lend themselves to one scary fucking head. He'd better hope he never goes bald.

  • July 16, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    There's plenty good about the series.

    by Flip63Hole

    It's shot pretty well. The cast is decent. The kid actors do a pretty darn good job. There's a handful of effective scenes. IT's one of my favorite books ~ there's no way they were going to do it justice on network TV. It's cheesy, not that scary or gory, and hasn't aged well, but as a big King fan I usually watch it ever couple of years...

  • July 16, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    love this new column

    by yabory

    just great great shit. it would make a great coffee table book.

  • July 16, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    when you get enough put together, you should post a "runner up" section. I would like to see all of the pictures you were sent that did not make the cut.

  • July 16, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Keep it up QUINT!

    by barryallen77

    these pics are moneybags

  • July 16, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    but yeah

    by barryallen77

    i was like 12 when the mini series came out and having read the book i thought the show sucked balls. curry is the man tho. clue?! legend? he was funny as shit in oscar too

  • July 16, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    The book

    by donkey_lasher

    Was scarier than the film. Reading about George's fate early is one of the greatest piece of storytelling ever.

  • July 16, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Agreed: Curry should be WAY more famous

    by Darth Macchio

    In mainstream cinema. Darkness, The Butler (he was superb in that), Dr. Franknfurter, Hunt for Red October, IT (the only piece of that series worth watching) and on and on...<p>Curry brings his A-game to anything and everything he does. He is the very epitome of a brilliant working actor. He's been one of my favorites since way back in the day...<p>Please, Mr. Curry, you may have as much sesame cake as you like.<p>And no, light is nothing without Darkness.

  • July 16, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Beep beep Richie!

    by sweeneydave

  • July 16, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    And yes the book is excellent....

    by Darth Macchio

    I think better than The Stand (another boat anchor from King). Some of the series did some things right tho...the pictures that would come to life and you'd see Pennywise skipping back and forth in the background only to bumrush towards the viewer...<p>I hear they're doing a new version of IT. Which is idiotic as there is almost no way you could film the ending. Not to mention I'm not kidding about the boat anchor's like just shy of 1100 pages meaning it could never fit inside of a 2 hour film and still be coherent.<p>Someone could pull it off though...someone with brilliance and balls...I nominate the usual suspect: Frank Darabount!!! And keep Curry on as Pennywise! (wont happen)

  • July 16, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    When he comes up the plughole in the showers

    by DirkD13"

    Was the scariest thing I hade ever seen back then. Didn't help that I was at school at the time and we had the same fucking showers!<p>Watched IT again last year and it's pretty much pants except for Curry, and he's only in it for about 15 minutes.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Curry as the clown WAS scary...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...John Boy Walton fighting a big puppet daddy longlegs? Not so much.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by Boiiinng

    Just when I thought my nightmares were over, you had to put this up. Guy still creeps me out.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I'm not scared of clowns, but he was brilliantly

    by V'Shael

    terrifying in that mini-series.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    nobody tells me to suck the root.

    by alan_poon

    I was so disappointed when they replaced the cup of shit with the cup of blood.

  • July 16, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry is a jerk!

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    i'm one of those old school Rocky Horror people. i had wanted to meet him for like...20 years and finally had the chance to when he was performing in Spamalot. we waited for the cast to come out to sign autographs and i had this really awesome picture of Riff Raff and Frank N. Furter which i had got signed by Riff Raff. i asked Mr. Curry if he'd be cool to sign it and just glared at me and bellowed "I DON'T DO ROCKY", i asked if he'd sign my playbill from Spamalot and just spewed "NO!" and moved on to the next guy. if i ever meet him again, i'm vowing to punch him right in the dick. he WAS pretty awesome as Pennywise though.

  • July 16, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

  • July 16, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    ABC was pretty daring in producing a story

    by skimn

    that featured the deaths of children as a plot point. Now that cable and network can show practically anything, ala all the crime shows and CSI's, I'd like to see someone take another crack at a King miniseries.

  • July 16, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    I thought IT was fucking phenomenal, book and movie. Of course, I was pretty close to the age of the kids when the TV movie came out, so that might have something to do with it. <P> Beep Beep Richie!

  • July 16, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I had a feeling pennywise would be the last one

    by TheJudger

    That or "Laugh Clown Laugh" <P> Pics I'd love to see but my searches arent finding anything worth sending. <P> Gremlins- I found a few but nothing that really makes you go wow! <P> Gojira, lots of youtubes videos but again nothing pic wise worth sending. <P>I have some Ghostbusters stuff but I'm pretty sure it's all been seen through the DVD's and GB websites. <P> I really enjoy this new AICN Feature. When you showed off some of those BTS Jaws pics that eventually inspired this BTSPAD. I went to all those sites and downloaded all of those pics. I have enough bruce ref now to make a fairly decent 3d digital replica. I never knew so many BTS pics of him existed.

  • July 16, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by TheJudger

    Maybe it was your approach, your disposition, your appearance, or how he felt at the time. Did you chat him up first, tell him how much his films entertained and or effected you?

  • July 16, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Yes, Curry was phenomenal in Legend

    by kevred

    Of course, the costume design & makeup execution was unbelievably good, but he somehow fought through all of that hardware to bring it to life. Great work.

  • July 16, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Latest Curry

    by Major

    Curry was on the seasoon finale of Criminal Minds as a serial killer. He sure ain't lost his creepy touch.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    "We FLOAT, we alllll FLLLOOOOAAAATTT...."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I saw the minseries first at a relatively young age (16), and that shit KILLED back in the day when network TV was still fairly sanitized (remember the days when a Bart Simpson T-shirt with his exclaiming "Underachiever and proud of it, man!" was considered shocking?). Shortly thereafter I read the novel, and it made me realize how poor of an adaptation the miniseries was. However, Tim Curry was fucking PHENOMINAL as Pennywise, and any remake would be wise to retain him. Hey, he's covered in clown makeup, so the fact that he's 20 years older doesn't really matter. Just do it as a six/eight hour miniseries on ***HBO*** so you can do it justice as far as running time AND content.

  • July 17, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    The remake just can't fuckin do it. (Book Spoilers Ahoy)

    by BobbyMcPrescott

    As has been mentioned, what made IT memorable on TV was Curry. What made IT the book memorable was it being a goddamn severely underrated classic. It's an epic with a set goal on the scale of LOTR, but with scifi shooting out its ass left and right. Any movie attempt should take the time to tell the stories that truly explain the extent of IT's evil. He is what he is in the book because he is genuinely a character. When Bill confronts him... Good god. That scene is unfilmable by any but the very best. You know what is filmable though? The ACTUAL post victory ending from the book, which when reading I could see so clearly as some sort of movie montage. Can you imagine how awesome it would be for the movie to cut from their defeat of IT to the destruction IT's death causes to Derry? Sewer covers decapitating people walking to their cars, toilets blowing people to pieces, one stoned teen watching the standpipe slide down the hill and going "Whooooooa!. IT could be a great movie. But all that made the first good was Curry, and without such a fine actor, how can a MOVIE which finds itself shorter than miniseries hope to be even as good as that? Fuck a movie, get a trilogy.

  • July 17, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    "He thrusts his fists against the post..."

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Ah the old theater prep sayings.

  • July 17, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry's Pennywise was aces

    by thot

    Still stands as one of the creepiest "villains" ever. I can still freak out my wife with a "beep beep...." Hah!

  • July 18, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

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  • July 18, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I still refuse to walk near sewer drains on streets

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    and i'm in my 20s, but i must be brave and do it, i'm edging closer to it nowadays and making progress. :=)

  • July 18, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Worst. Ending. Ever. Book and miniseries

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    The drugs King was taking worked up to a point -- the ending, for both the book and the tv adaptation, was fucking HORRIBLE. Would have been way scarier if Pennywise just disappears, leaves, no warning or anything, no one knows where he went or if he'll be back. Instead we got an alien spider thing in a cave.

  • July 18, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    That's why the real clown abductions IT was based on

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    are so disturbing -- they just stopped, and as far as I know, no one was caught. Clowns abducting kids around the country, and the police never caught anyone. They just stopped. There certainly isn't an alien spider living underground.

  • July 18, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks Hardboiled

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    You just made my day more joyful by reminding me of those stories! That is creepy

  • July 18, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    1st part is great

    by misnomer

    2nd part is pretty poor. the kids were better actors. BRING BACK CURRY FOR THE REMAKE YOU FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 19, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    That sewer attack scene was fantastic.

    by njscribe44

    Gave me chills. Almost up there with the little boy vampire scratching and floating at the window in original "Salem's Lot."

  • July 21, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Sad Keaunu

    by korkie70

  • July 22, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    The reason why I hate clowns. <P> No other reason. Not John Wayne Gacy, or that fucked up clown night light I had a as kid. <P> Pennywise......end of line.

  • July 22, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Sad Keaunu

    by DangerDave

    Sad face <P> Sad Keaunu face <P> Dude.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Rocky Horror, Legends, IT...

    by chien_sale

    Curry is a legend but he should be more famous. That's the price to pay to be a theatre actor.