Sometimes being in the right place at the right time can help you get a part in a film. That is exactly what happened for Xavier Dolan when it came to playing a part in Andy Muschietti’s ‘It Chapter 2‘! The actor loved the first half of the Stephen King adaptation so much that when he randomly ran into the director, he struck up a conversation that would put him in a key part for the film.
According to the actor:
“I loved the first film very much. It was so entertaining and fun and scary. I met [director] Andy [Muschietti] randomly and said, “I’ll do anything you want, be the door handle, the doorknob, the curtain, whatever I can do in this film.” And he called me and said he wanted me to be Adrian Mellon, the character who inspired It. Adrian Mellon is not his real name. He’s based on someone who existed in real life and got beaten to death by a group of young men in Maine in the 80s because he was gay. They took his body and threw him over a bridge, and that is what inspired Stephen King to write it. It’s a small part and opens the film–I mean it’s supposed to open the film. (Chuckles.) I don’t know if it will still be there, but it was an incredible fun experience.”
While that scene is central to the creation of the story, it wasn’t one of the leading roles. Even so, for Dolan, “It made me realize that I need more of that sort of time in my life when I create for someone else when I’m at the service of someone else.”
Are you looking forward to ‘It Chapter 2’? Do you feel that there is any chance that the second half of the movie will cut out one of the most iconic scenes from the novel? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘IT: Chapter 2’ will haunt your local theater on September 6th, 2019.