ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

There are many people who make horror movies great, even if they're not terribly famous as individuals. One of those people is Javier Botet, the 6'7", 120 pound, double-jointed actor who you've probably never heard of. He will be joining Bill Skarsgård and Owen Teague in the 2017 IT reboot.

Botet played REC's Tristana Medeiros, The Conjuring 2's Crooked Man, Crimson Peak's ghosts, The Other Side of the Door's Myrtu, the titular ghoul of Mama... and now he's coming to freak us the fuck out in 2017's IT reboot. Here he is jerking and twisting around in his motion test for 2013 horror hit Mama.

Botet's unusual physique, lengthened limbs and ultra-flexible joints are a result of a condition called Marfan syndrome, and his unique stature has made him a memorable part of several movies. As for the 2017 IT reboot, he will be playing The Leper: Stephen King's novel provides ample inspiration as the evil entity known as 'IT' has many forms, including a giant spider and — of course — nightmare clown Pennywise.

Botet will certainly give horror fans something special in 2017. He has great passion for what he does and the feelings he engenders in horror audiences, telling The Independent:

"I was always creative. I think fear is the most complicated moment to reproduce in movies. I think the real, frightening moment is very, very complicated; I’m still learning day-by-day what is better...I try to speak with my body.

Javier Botet. Image: The Sun
Javier Botet. Image: The Sun

Sometimes it’ll be a creature who acts like an animal, or something very mechanical. But when the role has a story, I try to make my movements speak to that."

We've got Pennywise and The Leper: which of IT's other forms do you want to see in the 2017 movie reboot?

Source: Youtube, The Independent, The Sun, Bloody Disgusting


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