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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

New Line Cinema had their work cut out for them when it came to casting the adult versions of the Losers’ Club. Not only did they need to find actors who resembled the characters in adult form, but they needed to find actors who could believably portray those personalities. We had to believe that the kid could, in fact, grow up to be that person, and that certainly applies to Eddie Kaspbrak, who was portrayed by Jack Dylan Grazer in the IT: Chapter One.

The man they ended up hiring for the job is James Ransone, who is known for the Sinister movies. As it turns out, he had been expecting a call from the studio even before they’d come around to him — merely because he looked like an older version of Grazer. Speaking with our own Daniel Tafoya on the phone, Ransone spoke to that, saying:

“I had a feeling that he was going to call me about it. It was weird just because my brother saw the movie way before I did and he said, ‘You look a lot like that kid.’ And I thought that that was interesting because I really did. I thought, ‘That’s really weird how much I look like that kid.’ But truthfully, Andy called me, he wanted me to do it. I was the only person he had in mind, or at least that’s what he told me. But I just felt really lucky to get it, because there’s plenty of actors who have been around way longer than me, that are more talented than I am, that could’ve done that role too. Like this thing is pretty big. When you get to a movie like this, this size, some of it’s just luck. It’s like a winning Powerball ticket. I don’t feel like I beat anybody out. I feel it’s just my number got pulled and I was just lucky enough to do it.”

Of course, looking like the kid is one thing, and acting like an older version is another. Luckily, for Ransone, it fit like a glove.

“He played to a lot of my strengths anyway. I have so many tricks in my bag, like three, and he just played to all of them. And so I thought all I have to do is match his speed because he’s so fast. I’ve never seen a kid have that innate ability. He’s just so fast on camera and I was really impressed when I watched it and actually slightly intimidated. I thought, ‘Oh man, this is going to be really tough. To match that speed is going to be a challenge for me.’ But other than that, all I tried to do is just mold my performance after what he did from the first movie. That’s it.”

I’ll admit, I haven’t seen the film yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for his performance? Will Ransone manage to match Grazer in speaking speed? We’ll have to find out. 

Will you be checking out IT: Chapter Two this weekend? Sound off down below! Also, check out our full interview with Ransone HERE!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.