Jessica Chastain tested by director Andy Muschietti on It Chapter Two

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 September 2019
Jessica at the It Chapter Two European premiere

Jessica Chastain at the It Chapter Two European premiere

Jessica Chastain has said 'It Chapter Two' director Andy Muschietti worked her and her castmates hard on the set of the horror film in his quest for terrifying perfection

Jessica Chastain says 'It Chapter Two' director Andy Muschietti left her "drowning in blood" on the set of his horror film because he is a perfectionist.

The 42-year-old actress plays the adult version of Beverly Marsh in the sequel to Muschietti's hit 2017 movie based on Stephen King's iconic 1986 novel.

Chastain appears in one scene in which she is drenched in 4,500 gallons of fake blood and she has now revealed that she had to shoot the scene multiple times, each time getting cleaned up and starting afresh, because Muschietti wanted it to be flawlessly fear-inducing so it had the biggest impact on the audience.

Speaking at the European premiere of 'It Chapter Two' which was held on Monday night (02.09.19) at The Vaults in London, she said: "Everything is much easier than making a movie with Andy Muschietti. He's funny but he's also impossible because he does 60 million takes in the mud, in the slime, in the blood, every take you have to start again. It was a lot, I was drowning in blood."

Chastain admits she and the rest of the adult Losers' Club – James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone and Andy Bean – became close friends during the shoot and she couldn't help but feel a pang of sadness when they had their final "Loser lunch" in Los Angeles recently.

She said: "I love these actors so much. We were just in LA together, all of the Losers, and we had a lunch and I just thought, 'It's our last Loser lunch.' It was a bit heartbreaking."

Chastain was responsible for creating the Losers' Club WhatsApp group but she has spilled that one of her castmates has had the audacity to leave.

Speaking about the chat group, she said: "I started it, but you know what people have slowly started to leave it. Bill Hader left first, although I think changed his number. He's been texting me since so we're OK."

'It Chapter Two' sees Bill Skarsgard reprise his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown and is set 27 years after the first instalment with the Losers' Club returning to Derry, Maine, to battle the child-eating monster once again.

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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