THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS OF IT: CHAPTER TWO - Stephen King did not appreciate director Andrés Muschietti's having him wear a Neil Young shirt in the film It: Chapter Two, Muschietti told NU.nl.
The American author has a small guest role in the horror film that is based on his book of the same name. The film can be seen in Dutch cinemas from Thursday.
The character that King plays is wearing a shirt from Neil Young's album Harvest . King released It in 1986 and wrote several mottos in his bestseller, including " Out of the blue and into the black ". A sentence from Neil Young's song My, My, Hey, Hey .
According to Muschietti, obtaining the legal permission to show the T-shirt in the film, the so-called clearance, was a piece of cake. But King's reaction when he was confronted with the shirt surprised Muschietti.
"I came to the set with the T-shirt in my hands. When I showed it to King, it almost seemed as if it annoyed him. I asked why he reacted like that and he said to me:" I really like Neil Young nothing.' When I then said, "But you used a piece of lyrics as a motto," King responded with, "I was probably high."
During his career, especially in the 1980s, 71-year-old King suffered from multiple addictions. He used cocaine and alcohol in abundance. But in a recent interview, the writer explained that he mainly did this during the evening hours and focused on writing, especially in the morning immediately after getting up.
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In the more than eleven hundred-page book, several sexual scenes are featured. Including a group sex fantasy with all the main characters. In addition, several characters use racist language. The film shows nothing of this, but it does explicitly show how a murderous clown tears off the arm of a toddler.
"The film is an adaptation of the book. I tried to do as much as possible justice to the original story," says director Muschietti.
"I really wanted to go deep and show the darkness, abuse, homophobia and violence from the book in the film. But the real story in It actually takes place alongside the paranormal events surrounding the clown Pennywise. The book lets in see essentially how bad people can be and to what extent this is part of human nature. "