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  • Acting for Two: Molly Atkinson plays both the reprised role of Eddie's mother and the new role of his wife. Also, Katie Lunman plays one of Pennywise's victims, Betty Ripsom, in the first film (and voices her in the second), and plays the male character Chris Unwin (who, in the book, is supposed to be the youngest of Webby's gang at 15) in the second film.
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  • Approval of God: Stephen King has described Richie being in love with Eddie as a "kind of genius" addition to the story.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • One of Richie Tozier's character traits is his ability to do "voices" and impressions. Bill Hader is a well-known impressionist, famous for the celebrity impressions he did for years on Saturday Night Live. With this in mind, screenwriter Gary Dauberman wrote a scene in which Richie does an impression of Al Pacino, a voice that Hader is quite good at. However, Hader requested that the impression be removed from the script because the Pacino impression was old material and he didn't feel like doing it again. In the finished film, Bill Hader deploys his skills doing a solid impersonation of Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise.
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    • Bill Hader asked Bill Skarsgard about his "eye trick". Again Skarsgard showed that this wasn't CGI and scared the pants off of Hader.
  • Crosscast Role: Katie Lunman as Chris Unwin.
  • Dawson Casting: Jake Weary (28) as Webby, the leader of the gang of homophobic teenagers who attacked the gay couple Adrian Mellon and Don Hagarty.
  • Dueling Works: The film was released just under a month after Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019), a movie with a similar theme of small-town friends facing supernatural murders. Chapter Two has been more successful at the box office, though critical reception to Scary Stories has been more favorable.
  • Fake American:
    • Scottish James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough.
    • Kiwi Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom.
    • Canadian Finn Wolfhard reprising his role as child Richie Tozier.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Jess Weixler (Audra) was pregnant during filming.
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  • Hostility on the Set: More awkwardness than hostility. Andy Bean (Adult Stanley) said that it was awkward working with the Innocently Insensitive Wyatt Oleff (Young Stanley). He was annoyed with Oleff trying to give him notes on how to play Stanley, and he also stated that he felt a little offended how Oleff stated that he'd wanted Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Stanley as an adult.
  • Jossed: Following the inclusion of the intro to "Dear God" by XTC in the first film, viewers who also happened to be fans of the band predicted that at least some of the song's main body would be included in the sequel, as the intro is sung by a (female) child singer, from the perspective of a young Andy Partridge, with most of the rest of the song being sung by the actual, adult Partridge. Come the release of Chapter Two, and "Dear God" was nowhere to be heard.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: Xavier Dolan and Taylor Frey are gay just like their characters, Adrian Mellon and Don Hagarty.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason Adult Eddie wears a jacket throughout the movie is because James Ransone has a lot of tattoos and didn't feel like sitting in the makeup chair every day to cover them up.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • The sequence adapted from the novel involving the kids building an underground clubhouse in the Barrens, in which they participate in a “Smoke Hole Ceremony,” learning about IT's first arrive on earth and how it ended up in Derry in the form of an asteroid was shot for the first film. Budget and time constraints prevented this. The scene instead features in one of the Losers' flashbacks to when they were kids.
    • The scene where the Losers learn of IT's time in Old Derry, and the killing spree that occurred, with a flashback to the 1600s before It took the form of Pennywise was actually fully shot but left on the cutting room floor of the first film. While it wasn't included in the sequel, Bill's vision after being drugged by Mike shows IT terrorizing the local indigenous people until they escaped the monster's sphere of influence.
    • The scene where Stan walks out during his bar mitzvah, while Richie claps excitedly for him was a cut scene from the first movie, appearing in the special features on DVD, before being added to the sequel.
  • Remake Cameo: Brandon Crane, the actor who played young Ben in the miniseries, appears in the Skype call introducing Ben.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
    • Why people speculated that Jessica Chastain would be cast as adult Beverly due to Sophia Lillis looking remarkably like a teenage Chastain.
    • Bill Hader is perfectly believable as someone who Finn Wolfhard would grow into.
    • James Ransone and Jack Dylan Grazer, in addition to having very similar facial structure, also have pretty much matching scared faces.
    • Wyatt Oleff and Andy Bean also have very similar looks.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The members of the Loser's Club were asked whom they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt and Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale. Wolfhard and Lillis' choices were the only two that ended up being cast, likely for budget reasons.
    • Idris Elba expressed interest in playing Mike (which would have reunited with his Prom Night (2008) co-star James Ransone, who is cast as Eddie) prior to Isaiah Mustafa's casting.
    • Seth Green, who played the young Richie in the miniseries, expressed interest in playing the adult Richie.
    • At one point, the destruction of the Black Spot night club, which was planned to feature in the first movie, was to be refitted as the opening scene of Chapter Two.
    • After the character was Adapted Out of the first film, Director Andy Muschetti stated that Maturin the Turtle would make a physical appearance in Chapter Two, but the scenes including him were ultimately cut.
    • Another scene that was Adapted Out of the first movie and meant to be refitted for the sequel was a scene showing Pennywise interacting with the settlers of Derry and blackmailing a mother to surrender her infant in exchange for her life, with a still of a deleted scene showing IT assuming a humanoid form with crimson skin.
    • Muschetti also stated that a flashback in the thrift shop was planned, in which a younger version of the shopkeeper (played in modern day by Stephen King), would have appeared, played by King's real-life son Joe Hill. The scene was ultimately scrapped due to "serving no dramatic purpose."
    • The World of IT artbook reveals all sorts of concept art for IT — particularly its final form — that went unused.
    • Multiple versions of Eddie's death scene were filmed, including some that were longer and more emotional.


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