Over time, there are many names that have become synonymous with different film genres. That’s exactly what can be said about Robert Englund and the world of horror, as he’s not only played Freddy Krueger, but he’s also starred in numerous other scary flicks. Now, there is another remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street on the way, and Englund has said that he wants to be a part of it, but what role would he possibly play?
Another remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street will be coming, and it won’t have Englund in the main role of Freddy Krueger. Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that even though Englund won’t take on the iconic villain again, he does want to be in the film.
“I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantankerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience.”
There is little to no doubt that fans would go crazy when seeing him actually appear on-screen during the new film.
It was back in August of last year when another remake or reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street was revealed, and a lot of speculation started immediately. At first, some thought that Jackie Earle Haley would be coming back to star as Freddy Krueger just like he did in the 2010 remake.
Well, there was no word on that whatsoever when the new film was announced. Fast forward to eight months later and Haley’s name has still not been mentioned. In the 2010 remake, Englund actually said that he knows where things went wrong, and it was by not allowing the audience the chance to care about the cast.
“You don’t ever see any of the people happy-go-lucky, they’re never untainted. You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation.”
After there was no talk of Haley putting the glove of Freddy Krueger back on his hand, all of the attention turned to Robert Englund.
Just for the record, I will NOT be starring as Freddy in any new Nightmare projects, real or fictional
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) September 29, 2015
The last time the world saw Englund as Freddy Krueger was as the host of the short-lived TV reality show A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares back in 2005. The last time Englund starred as Krueger on the big screen was in Freddy vs. Jason which was released in 2003.
Fans have hoped for years that the now 68-year-old Englund would get back in the make-up and put the glove on his hand once again. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem like it is ever going to happen, but there are plenty of films to watch and enjoy his brilliance.
Looking back at how Robert Englund played the role of Freddy Krueger, no one can doubt how it’s almost as if that part was made for him. Over the years, certain things have made the original A Nightmare on Elm Street even better, but it’s hard to think that anyone could ever duplicate the intensity, hilarity, and evil with which Englund played Krueger.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the truly iconic horror franchises in the history of film. Robert Englund is Freddy Krueger, and he would have loved the original remake to work, but there were just far too many issues. Now, another remake is on the way and someone else will be stepping into the shoes of and slipping on the glove of Freddy Krueger. Having Englund somewhere in the film is only right, though, and it would instantly bring in bigger audiences.
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