Jessica Chastain reflects on It Chapter 2's brutal hate crime

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 August 2019
Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

'It Chapter 2' star Jessica Chastain thinks the horror sequel's opening brutal hate crime scene is too relevant in 2019

Jessica Chastain thinks the brutal hate crime scene in 'It Chapter 2' is still too relevant.

The horror sequel opens with a scene from Stephen King's original 1986 novel which sees a gay couple attacked by a group of teenagers, which was inspired by the death of Charlie Howard in the writer's hometown two years before he released the book.

Chastain – who plays an adult Beverly Marsh in the movie – told Variety: "He wrote the novel 'It' because a hate crime was committed in his childhood town. That darkness, he wanted to explore and that's the first scene in our film... It's going to be hard to talk about this without crying.

"I think you need that scene because he writes about the darkness that's under the surface. The dirt under the fingernails of these small towns or of mankind. That's what 'It' represents. It's the darkness of human behavior.

"I think it was important to see Adrian's scene and not to change it from what it is in the novel because we're living in a time right now where it is very much a part of our culture and part of our conversation and we haven't moved past it. So, we can't pretend that it doesn't still exist because it's part of our every day."

The 42-year-old actress added that King's skills as a writer come from focusing on the horror "inside of us".

She explained: "The reason why I think Stephen King is the king of this genre is because he writes psychological horror. The monster usually is spawned from a human. It's inside of us. Look at 'Pet Sematary.' Look at 'Misery.' We can become our worst enemies sometimes."

It Chapter Two

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andy Muschietti
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader
  • UK release: 6 September 2019

Twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, the town experiences a series of attacks, causing the Losers to reunite. Darker-toned than the first one, it has an impactful story about friendship and buried secrets and if the repetitive CGI lose their impact, there are still surprises in store.

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