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Yes, That’s Stephen King Drinking Mate In His ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Cameo

And yes, it's an Independiente mate at that.

By | [email protected] | September 6, 2019 9:38am

Stephen King drinking matePhoto via Clarín

People who love clowns, being scared, or being scared by clowns went mad for the world premiere of IT: Chapter Two yesterday. The sequel to 2017’s IT was directed by Argentine Andy Muschietti – who will be at the helm of the upcoming film about The Flash – and takes place 27 years after the events depicted in the original book by Stephen King. So imagine the surprise and delight of attentive moviegoers who picked up on King’s cameo in the movie where he’s shown drinking yerba mate – out of an Independiente-themed mate, no less. Naturally, the Internet did its thing, causing everything from excitement to pride to general hysteria.

So, how did this manage to become a thing? It’s pretty obvious, actually: Muschietti is a proud hincha del rojo, a die-hard Independiente fan, who figured he’d use his directorial privilege to sneak in a little guiño to keep things fun. In fact, during a press conference ahead of the film’s premiere, he explained where he got the mate: “I support Independiente and a fan gave me the mate two years ago. I had it in my kitchen and I told myself that I’d stick it in the film in honor of all the Independiente fans out there.”

At first, it was hard to convince King to agree to the cameo. “You’ve got to know, I’m bad luck; every film I’ve been in hasn’t done well,” he told Muschietti. But the director wasn’t deterred, and they managed to work their ideas together to end up with a scene that provided some comic relief to the otherwise scary af movie.

What everyone really wants to know, though, is if there was actually yerba inside the mate? Sadly, the attention to detail stopped there. Bárbara Muschietti, Andy’s sister, explained that since there wasn’t any available yerba on set, they were forced to use lavender (?!?!?!) as a stand-in. Insert all the sad trombone noises here, but hey, it was fun while it lasted.