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Bill Hader, James McAvoy talk It Chapter 2

Bill Hader picks up a coffee cup and in his best Australian accent, makes a declaration.

"I'm going to shotgun this cup of coffee," says Hader, sounding like he is acting in a Solo thirst crusher soft drink TV commercial circa early 1990s or Foster's (yes, they still drink Foster's in the US) ad.

Sitting alongside him is his Scottish actor and It Chapter Two co-star, James McAvoy.

"We could do some interpretive dance," McAvoy suggests.

I think that is a great idea.

McAvoy quickly changes his mind and drops an expletive to underline the fact he will not be breaking out into interpretive dance in our West Hollywood hotel suite.

The two actors are there to talk about the much-anticipated It sequel.

It is the latest movie based on master of horror Stephen King's original 1986 novel, It.

It Chapter One, released two years ago, was the highest-grossing horror film of all time with a global box office haul of $US700 million.

The villain, It, is an evil shape-shifting entity who appears every 27 years, terrorises children, kills them and feasts on their fear.

Yeah, this It fella has some anger issues.

Lately It has been hanging out in the underground sewer system of the picturesque town of Derry, Maine, and prefers to transform into Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

"Maybe Pennywise just needs a hug?" I suggest in an attempt to come up with a solution to stop all of the killing.

"No," Hader sternly replies.

"No, he doesn't," McAvoy joins in.

But, after a bit of thought, Hader comes over to my side.

"I think maybe some life coaching or something," Hader concedes.

McAvoy comes up with a better suggestion to make Pennywise happy and save the children of Derry.

"He could go to the Jacques Lecoq school of clowning in Paris?" McAvoy suggests.

"That would be awesome," Hader, signing off on the idea, says.

So, don't be surprised if It Chapter Three is set in Paris.

The It Chapter Two storyline switches between Derry in 1989 with the cast of child actors of the original film, led by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, and 27 years later with Hader, McAvoy and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain filling the roles of the grown-up versions of the "Losers Club".

The adults have had enough.

They decide Pennywise must be eradicated.

Despite getting Hader and McAvoy to earlier agree to a passive solution - hugs, life coaching and French clown school - to quell Pennywise's murderous ways, I ultimately decide violence might be a more successful and entertaining method.

I suggest if they make It Chapter Three they should send Barry Berkman and Kevin Wendell Crumb down into the sewers of Derry to finally snuff out Pennywise.

Hader won an Emmy last year for playing Los Angeles hitman Berkman in the TV series Barry and McAvoy terrified audiences portraying the disturbing Crumb in the Split and Glass psychological horror films.

McAvoy and Hader do not think it is a good idea.

"Barry is very nervous," Hader explains.

"You'd have to pay him.

"He needs that money if he's going to kill a clown."

I remind him It Chapter One made $US700 million at the box office so cash should not be a problem.


"If you give him $US700 million, he will 100 per cent go down there and kill him," Hader says.

* It Chapter Two opens in Australia on Thursday.

© AAP 2019

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