Pennywise may not be the scariest thing in
Derry, Maine, after all. Audiences who have taken in ​It: Chapter
Two​ were a little surprised to see a familiar face pop up in the film: none other than Stephen
King himself, who appeared as the proprietor of the store Secondhand Rose. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman revealed that
he wrote the part of Secondhand Rose’s owner with King in mind, but stopped just short
of actually spelling out his preference in the screenplay. He told Inverse: “I wrote him into the script just along the
lines of ‘looks like Stephen King’ early on in the drafts. You know, just kind of planting the seed.” Dauberman was unsure if King would be willing
to take the time to cameo in the film. Luckily, while King’s high-profile cameo appearances
may have come in the ’80s and ’90s, he’s always been pretty game to pop up in adaptations
of his material. It’s just that in recent years, he’s mostly
stuck to the small screen. King’s very first movie appearance was in
a film not even adapted from one of his novels: it was in the bizarre 1981 fantasy flick Knightriders,
which was directed by his friend George A. Romero. King and Romero would go on to collaborate
on the excellent horror anthology film Creepshow the following year, and in that film, King
didn’t just cameo; he actually starred in one of its segments, “The Lonesome Death of
Jordy Verrill.” “You get in that water, Jordy, you might as
well sign your death warrant.” “I’m a goner already, Daddy.” Since then, King has turned in cameos in no
fewer than fifteen films and television series. He cameoed in 1986’s Maximum Overdrive, which
is also the only film that King ever directed. After that, he appeared in 1987’s Creepshow
2, 1989’s Pet Sematary, and plenty more. Dauberman related that he was content to just
keep his fingers crossed and hope that King would agree to the cameo. However, Andy Muschietti revealed that he
was down to do a little more bargaining in the interest of making it happen. The director told Games Radar that: “We had an increasingly good relationship
with King after he saw the first movie. He became like a friend, and I wanted him
to participate a little more in this one as he did not participate [in] the first movie
at all. I didn’t want him to intervene in the creation,
and he’s very clear he doesn’t want to mess with the people adapting his work, but I still
wanted to keep him in the loop and get his thoughts.” The director continued that King actually
offered some thoughts that made it to the big screen: “So, I sent him the first draft. He gave a list of things he would like to
see. It felt more like a fan, because after reading
it, he was like ‘I would like to see Paul Bunyan’. So, I was like, ‘I’ll give you Paul Bunyan.'” Muschietti is referring, of course, to a flashback
in which the adult Richie remembers being bullied and forced to flee an arcade in his
younger years. Young Richie takes refuge in Derry’s park,
where a giant, 20-foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan comes terrifyingly to life, chasing
him with its gigantic axe. With that bargaining chip in place, Muschietti
says he then sprang his request on King. “I asked him to do a cameo and he said, ‘Well,
you have to know, I’m a jinx. Every movie I was in bombed.’ He said it with humor, and I said, ‘I think
we’re going to break the spell, let’s do it.'” We know full well that the Master of Horror
is constantly busy conjuring up his latest nightmare… “Do you know me? It’s frightening how many novels of suspense
I’ve written.” …but we’d love it if he kept those appearances
coming. Stan Lee is no longer with us, and we can
think of nobody better to claim Stan the Man’s title of King of Cameos. We’ll just have to see if he shows up in Doctor
Sleep, another adaptation of his work, when it’s released in November. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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The Truth Behind That Surprise Cameo In It: Chapter Two

34 thoughts on “The Truth Behind That Surprise Cameo In It: Chapter Two

  • September 13, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    What is your favorite Stephen King movie cameo?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Stephen has always try to make cameos in all his movies & TV miniseries. I would have been shock if he didn't appeared in this remake of his original It miniseries.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Can u heart me

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    Reminds me of Stan Lee Cameos

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    Hi from Scotland 👍 love watching your uploads ✌️ 👍

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    8

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    I’ve never pressed a pop up so quick

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    How is Steven king being in the movie a surprise??? He’s in almost all of his movies

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Ra

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    King:I’ve cameoed in 15 movies

    Stan lee:Haha Try again you punk

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Ohh he is right, his cameo jinxed the film, all people that i know that saw the movie, hated it..

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    Like or pennywise will drag you in the sewers

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    Muschietti was also in the movie as an Easter egg

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    To bad Tim Curry did not do a cameo.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Did anybody catch the original actor that played Ben when they were giving that meeting over the phone with the new actor that plays Ben

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    These videos are so shit..

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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    One of the best scenes was Paul bunyon

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    Bottom line Stephen King is a legend on the screen and behind the screen

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Well I guess he was low key right about the jinxing part not a lot of people seem to like it

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    Pennywise vs Freddy. Come on. That's a good idea. People all over the world would come to watch that

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    Stephen King is gross

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    What about the other cameo here's Johny

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    Funniest king cameo

    Creepshow…

    Plantman… Always licking his fingers….😂

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    The director also appeared in the pharmacy browsing the isles.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    next video….the real life pennywise

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    the movie kinda sucked. king was right about his cameos

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  • September 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    I thought this was going to be about the cameo by the guy that play young Ben in the ‘90 miniseries.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    The director Andy muschietti's also did a Cameo in the pharmacy scene in the sequal where adult Eddie comes to buy his medication.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    King was doing cameos way before Stan Lee

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  • September 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    He could be Stan Lee of horror movies…..

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    King’s cameo in this movie is awesome, because, andy the director, is from argentina and he is a big fan of independiente, a soccer team from Buenos Aires, and in the movie, king appears drinking mate, a traditional drink from here, with a badge of andy’s favorite team!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, note Maine.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    You should also notice in that scene the “mate” (Argentine drink) that Stephen is enjoying with the emblem of an Argentine soccer team called Independiente since the director is Argentine

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  • September 16, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    The Real Reason on why Looper is a sht Channel.

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