While “It” bagged the record for biggest horror film opener of all time this weekend, scoring $123 million in domestic ticket sales, there’s no doubt that moviegoers seeing the horror film had some nerves beforehand. But perhaps if they’d known that actor Jackson Robert Scott, 8, would be attending their screening as Georgie, the horror flick might’ve appeared a bit more manageable.
According to ScreenRant, the adorable actor decided to show up to an Alamo Drafthouse screening in Phoenix, Arizona this past Saturday donning his character’s essentials — a yellow raincoat and galoshes four times his size, accompanied a red balloon and a paper sailboat.
Scott’s appearance confirmed that everyone, even those starring in it, are geeking out about the film’s release. Scott’s character, Georgie, is undoubtedly integral to the film itself: His scene at the storm drain with Pennywise the Dancing Clown isn’t just one of the most terrifying scenes in “It,” it also sets the stage for the rest of the feature.
Beyond Scott’s Phoenix cameo, there were other special events this weekend: The Alamo Drafthouse welcomed all sorts of fanatics, as showcased during their “Clown Only” screenings. Thousands of people donning clown costumes flocked to Alamo Drafthouse theaters all over the country to contribute to the film’s monstrous debut. It’s just another example of how the theater chain continues to promote inclusivity through exclusivity, as it did with its woman-only screenings of “Wonder Woman.”
With the caption, “We floated with Georgie last night,” and a grin from ear-to-ear, it seems on Instagram that the young actor had a blast enjoying the screening with fans. Seeing Scott’s sweet smile certainly makes the fear digestible.