There aren’t many movie characters as iconic as Freddy Krueger, and as seen by the disastrous 2010 remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Robert Englund was the key piece that helped make it iconic.
There are some who keep holding out hope that the actor could possibly one day return as Freddy Krueger, but in a recent interview with EW talking about 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason, Englund revealed that it’s not going to happen:
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” shares Englund, 70. “If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and s—. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
“It’s like, I had a good run, I had a good time. And no one plans for this in your career. When I was wearing tights and doing Shakespeare, I didn’t say I wanted to be famous for playing this boogeyman. Careers happen and one of the pieces of advice I give to people is I’m sure you’ll do a great pilot or you’ll do a little independent art movie and it won’t go anywhere and then you might do your Intern No. 3 on Grey’s Anatomy and that’s the one that becomes the huge hit. People just don’t know. And when you’ve survived as long as I have and you see that, you can be real happy that you got 20 years as Freddy Kruger, you know?”
It’s not surprising, given the amount of makeup and whatnot that goes into playing Krueger, Englund feels he’s too old for the character now. He did, however, suggest that Kevin Bacon would be a good choice to replace him.
That would definitely be an interesting choice, and with news that another reboot is currently in the works, here’s hoping they learned how to properly make another A Nightmare on Elm Street film.
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