Slipknot's Clown rates other well-known and scary clowns
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With the new Stephen King movie It becoming a monster hit thanks in part to its terrifying villain, the evil Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Alternative Press asked Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan for his opinion on Pennywise and other creepy clowns who have made into the pop culture zeitgeist.
Crahan admitted to not seeing Bill Skarsgard play Pennywise in the new It yet. But he had high marks for Tim Curry's version in the 1990 miniseries, saying, "Pennywise: only Tim Curry. It’s all about the human that’s behind the clown. So, the first is Mr. Curry. He’s too much; he’s just perfect. I haven’t seen the new one yet -- I haven’t even seen any of the trailers -- but we’ll see how that does. We’ll see if the thought process and the performance happens.”
Speaking of a presumably more fan-friendly clown, Crahan offered, "Ronald McDonald? We gotta be careful what we say about Ronald . . . we’re eating his food. We don’t know what’s in it, we just know we like it. That clown there, that’s a serious clown because he’s backed by money. It’s corporate. You gotta kinda bow to that clown.”
Remarking on the mysterious clown sightings that spooked people around the country last year, Clown said, "When you look at these clowns, most of them -- you can tell immediately -- are just bulls**t. But the ones that were real? Some f**king clown that is like 10 feet into the forest, behind a fence, in front of a Dumpster? That’s the clown to be worried about, if you’re worried about clowns.”
Crahan told us a while back that his own image as a clown is always evolving: "We're not a Kiss thing. I love Kiss, they're the reason I play music, so no, you know, there's no disrespect here, but I'm not gonna be left to have, you know, demon eyes for my whole career. I can't do it. I'm too over here, there, and everywhere to ever have to be that one thing forever. I'm not. We're an ongoing experiment that we play, and we change."
Crahan has directed Slipknot’s new concert documentary film, Day Of The Gusano, which will be released in various Blu-ray, DVD and live album combos on October 20th. The band is also in the early stages of writing a new LP.