Jessica Chastain Says ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Has Bloodiest Scene in Horror Film History (Video)

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Jessica Chastain revealed quite the spoiler during her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” about her upcoming film, “IT: Chapter Two” — that it has a scene that might have the most blood in the history of horror films.

“OK, I’m going to say something, and I think I’m going to be in trouble, but I’m going to do it,” Chastain said on Wednesday’s late-night show. “It might be a spoiler. But in the movie, there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. And I’ll tell you, the next day I was like pulling blood out of my eyeballs. Fake blood.”

Really? Bloodier than “Suspiria,” “Carrie” or “The Shining?”

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“IT: Chapter Two” takes place 27 years after the events of last year’s monster hit, as the members of the “Losers Club” have all grown up and moved out of Derry… until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise the Clown. Other cast members include Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlon) and Andy Bean (Stanley Uris).

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“IT” grossed $327.5 million in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, and $700.4 million worldwide, on a $35 million production budget. The film had the No. 1 opening weekend for a fall release, and was 2017’s No. 7 highest-grossing movie.

“IT: Chapter Two” will hit theaters on Sept. 6.

Watch the video above.

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Looks Like Pennywise Beat Up James McAvoy on the Set of ‘IT: Chapter 2’ (Photo)

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James McAvoy has mixed it up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown on the set of “IT: Chapter 2,” and apparently it didn’t go super well.

McAvoy instagrammed the aftermath of his battle with the evil shape-shifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) during shooting. According to the post, the result was “two pulled thighs.” The photo shows McAvoy in his chair on set, using “Compresse Froide” (“cold compress” in French — the movie’s shooting in Toronto, which is sorta close to French-speaking Quebec) — to ease the pain.

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While McAvoy might have lost this go-round with Pennywise, he promised he wasn’t done with the fight against Pennywise via a hashtag: “#gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown.” We assume that, despite Pennywise being a clown, “Clown Town” is a euphemism for a beat-down and not a place he would actually want to go.

In the second movie of the two-part “IT” film adaptation, McAvoy plays the grown-up version Bill Denbrough, played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher in the first “IT.” Bill is something of the leader of the group of kids known as the “Losers Club,” and he led them down into the sewers beneath Derry, Maine, (Clown Town?) to fight the demonic clown — and they even managed to defeat it.

Given the dirty look of McAvoy’s clothes and the discussion of fighting Pennywise, it’s a fair guess that McAvoy and the rest of the cast were filming what might be the climactic final battle between the Losers Club and their clown arch-nemesis. In the first “IT,” the final fight between the kids and Pennywise took place in a huge, cavernous room beneath the city, but while they hurt the clown, they didn’t manage to kill it before it escaped down a pipe. If the novel (and McAvoy’s clothes in the shot) are any indication, the final fight between the Losers and Pennywise will likely take them even deeper into the earth, to stop Pennywise from escaping a second time.

Just what that final battle will be like is an open question, however. In the Stephen King novel on which the movie is based, Pennywise isn’t the true form of the creature the kids are hunting, but one of its many shapeshifting masks. The real monster looks more like a giant spider, something we haven’t seen yet.

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And then there’s the question of the fight itself. The movie version of the battle with Pennywise in “IT” included some spooky trickery and an emphasis on the kids refusing to be afraid of the clown, which drained its powers, but they still wound up smashing its head with a pipe. The novel battle is different — it’s all mental, with Bill facing down the spider-monster on another plane of existence, beating it with what is basically the pure power of belief. When the adults show up 27 years later, the fight with the spider is pretty similar to that battle.

If McAvoy’s Bill is straining to fight Pennywise (or maybe the spider version of the clown), that suggests a more physical confrontation with the creature than what’s in the novel. That could mean that trying to predict the outcome of “IT: Chapter 2” from the way King’s novel shakes out might be a lost cause. We’ll have to wait for the movie’s release in September 2019 to find out.

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Director Matthew Newton Exits Jessica Chastain Film After Fans Call Out Past Abuse Accusations

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Matthew Newton has announced that he will step down as director of Jessica Chastain’s new film, “Eve,” after fans called out past domestic abuse accusations against him.

“Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day,” Newton said in a statement Friday morning.

“Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness. For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry,” he continued.

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In 2007, Newton pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex, Brooke Satchwell, but his conviction was overturned after a psychiatrist said that the filmmaker suffered from depression and was unlikely to reoffend. But over the next five years, Newton was accused of more assaults, including against another girlfriend, Rachael Taylor.

Chastain and Newton were announced as the star and director of the upcoming film last week, with Newton directing from a script he wrote. But the decision to hire Newton was quickly met with backlash from Time’s Up and other women’s groups, with Chastain being included in the criticism for not taking a zero-tolerance approach to abuse as one of the faces of the #MeToo movement.

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In a statement to IndieWire back in February, Newton said he “utterly regrets” his past actions.

“I had a severe problem with substance and alcohol abuse then and for almost six years now I have actively worked every single day, one day at a time, to remain sober and live a clean, upstanding life,” he said.

Chastain’s reps have not responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment since the complaints were made, and the actress has not spoken publicly about Newton on social media.

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Jessica Chastain Asked by Petitioners to Drop ‘Eve’ Director With Assault Record

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Petitioners are calling on actress Jessica Chastain to drop Matthew Newton, who has a history of physical assault accusations, from his role as the director of her upcoming movie “Eve.”

The Care2 petition, titled “#TimesUp Activist Jessica Chastain Hires Domestic Abuser to Direct New Film,” has garnered 6,103 signatures as of this writing. The petition points to Chastain’s record as one of Hollywood’s most vocal advocates of gender equity, and then asks, “Despite all of this, Jessica Chastain wants to give Matthew Newton a pass? We don’t think so. #TimesUp for rich and powerful men being absolved of horrific abuse against women.”

Last week, Chastain was announced as the star of “Eve,” with Newton directing based on a script he wrote. Chastain is also producing. His other recent credits include “From Nowehere” and “The Sideways Light.”

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He pleaded guilty in 2007 to one count of common assault on his ex, Brooke Satchwell, but the conviction was later overturned after his psychiatrist said he suffered from depression and was unlikely to reoffend. In 2010, then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor took out an Apprehended Violence Order against Newton, citing what she said were two violent assaults in Rome. In December 2011, Taylor was charged with assaulting a Sydney taxi driver (the charges were dropped later that year). In April 2012, Newton was arrested in Miami for trespassing and resisting officers, but the charges were later dismissed under the condition that he would pay $11,500 and complete 50 hours of community service.

Newton, the son of Australian media personality Bert Newton and singer Patti Newton, has said his history of mental illness, drugs and drinking are responsible for the charges, and that he has repeatedly sought help.

He has not had any apparent trouble with the law since 2012, the year he says he became sober. His most recent film, “Who We Are Now,” investigates the possibility and hope of redemption.

The announcement of Newton’s hiring drew immediate backlash on Twitter, with fans appearing disappointed that Chastain, who has said the first meeting of #TimesUp was held at her home, wasn’t taking a zero-tolerant policy toward past accusations of abuse.

wow okay so i come back to the news that jessica is working with known abuser matthew newton and let me just say that i have never been so disappointed in my life. i sincerely hope she has some kind of explanation for this or that it’s somehow a mistake…

— ً (@chastainsgadot) August 3, 2018

@jes_chastain Why are you supporting a violent and abusive man like Matthew Newton who has hurt so many ex-girlfriends? Look at his convictions. Read his pathetic excuses. Aren’t you meant to be an advocate? Don’t you want to stop seeing abusers rewarded?

— Countess (@countess_skanky) August 2, 2018

Chastain’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the actress has yet to comment publicly on either the petition or the initial social media backlash to Newton’s hiring.

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