Robert Englund On Why He Won't Play Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger Again

Posted 2017/10/19 0 0

Robert Englund has again confirmed that he won't play Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger again.


Per a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the A Nightmare on Elm Street actor spoke about the ending of 2003's Freddy vs. Jason, confirming that it was the end of his run as the Springwood Slasher. Though he has said as much in the past, Englund once again makes clear that he couldn’t possibly play Freddy again because he’s just too old and his body can no longer handle the demands of the role.

From the interview:

“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.”

Freddy vs. Jason co-starred Kelly Rowland and Jason Ritter, and saw the two iconic horror villains facing off in a war for supremacy and the same set of victims. The film ended with Jason apparently winning and decapitating Freddy. But as the Friday the 13th villain rose from Camp Crystal Lake's waters with Freddy's head, it winked at the audience, proving that Freddy always gets the last laugh. Englund didn't know it then, but that wink would be his final shot as the character, which he seems to get a kick out of.

A remake of the first Nightmare on Elm Street film was released in 2010 with Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Krueger. Although it broke box office records at the time, the film was not well received by critics and fans, who felt there’s no replacement for Englund’s iconic portrayal of Krueger. Recently Englund has given his blessing to Kevin Bacon taking over the role as rumours suggest.

"I just think Kevin's the right size. I think he respects horror movies. He doesn't make fun of them," he explained, adding that Bacon would be a "great" choice and would be "real interesting".