Bill Skarsgård has recently gained a lot of notoriety for his role as the evil clown It, in the latest film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel bearing the same name.
This rise in popularity has led to a lot of articles roaming around the web regarding Skarsgård’s attractiveness. Some laud him as Hollywood’s eye-catching man of the hour while others regard him as a young Steve Buchemi, striking but odd. The question is, how did he become the divisive man of the hour, with opinions on his attractiveness ranging at such odd ends of the spectrum.
Skarsgård is known for starring in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and smaller roles like Makhotin in Anna Karenin. But playing the clown It has made him a household name. Publications like Buzzfeed are making pieces like the one titled, “The Actor Who Plays The Terrifying ‘It’ Clown Is Actually Super Hot”. And Twitter users have gone crazy discussing their opinions on Skarsgård.
Tweets ranged from disbelief over his attractive looks like user @alexisccardiel who tweeted, “bill skarsgard has me confused, I’m scared of him because of it but then I’m deeply madly in love with him”.
bill skarsgard has me confused, I'm scared of him because of it but then I'm deeply madly in love with him pic.twitter.com/NwLhApa8uK
— lex (@alexisccardiel) September 10, 2017
Others, like user @lgbtkenobi, lamented the aging of Skarsgård, stating, “i hate knowing bill skasgard is gonna age and look like steve buchemi”
i hate knowing bill skarsgard is gonna age and look like steve buscemi pic.twitter.com/e16ihSWvQa
— soft ewan news (@lgbtkenobi) September 10, 2017
The best tweet however goes out to those who, like @jennelse, saw that Skarsgård was the combination of heartthrob Harry Styles and mafia-man next door, Buchemi. “I saw a tweet that said Bill Skarsgard is Harry Styles’ and Steve Buscemi’s love child and I can’t stop thinking about it bc it’s 100% true”
I saw a tweet that said Bill Skarsgard is Harry Styles' and Steve Buscemi's love child and I can't stop thinking about it bc it's 100% true pic.twitter.com/0HGgwZK76O
— Jennifer Else (@jennelse) September 13, 2017
Of course, there are many other reasons that fans find Skarsgård hot, including the fact that he’s Swedish and that his family has talent running through it. His father is Thor actor, Stellan Skarsgård and his brothers are Alexander Skarsgård and Guastav Skarsgård from True Blood and Vikings respectively.
Skarsgård has also garnered love from fans after discussing his fear of traumatizing his young co-workers on set in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“It was my first day of shooting and we deliberately kept me separate from the kids,” he said. “There was this one scene, very intense, and my first day so I needed to get into character… and in the scene I walk out and approach him and it’s very intense, I’m right in his face, drooling all over him and he’s crying.”
“We blocked it briefly and then did it… and I’m doing this clown thing and screaming,” Bill added. “Part of Pennywise is he hates kids… and 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 u OK, Jack?’ And he goes, ‘Love what you’re doing! Love what you’re doing with the character!’ And I was like, ‘Thank you, Jack.’”
So while Twitter may be divided over how to feel about “It,” the general consensus over Skarsgård’s is a positive one.