Robert Englund Reckons He Could Play Freddy Krueger One More Time
Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed serial killer and dream-invader Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street horror franchise has said that he thinks he could don the famous bladed gloves for one more outing if called upon.
Despite having previously said that he was hanging up his stripy jumper forever, 72-year-old Englund reprised the role for a special appearance on last year's Halloween episode of The Goldbergs and now suggest that he could do it one last time.
During an interview at the Monster Mania convention in New Jersey last weekend, Englund also put forward the name of someone he'd like to see inhabit the role after he has finished.
That name? Kevin Bacon.
Yes, that Kevin Bacon.
Let's hear him out. Englund told the crowd: "We need a Freddy that can do the next eight movies - or seven, I don't want them to remake Part 1 again,
"I'm not Freddy anymore, you guys. I could do one more...probably. If you shot me up with Vitamin C.
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"But here's the thing. I can't do eight more, you guys. So we need a new actor that you guys believe in and trust and love that can go the distance."
He continued: "He's not a kid anymore either but the rumour I've heard that I like is Kevin Bacon. Kevin loves horror. He's a real actor.
"He's a character actor. Kevin was great in Tremors. Kevin was great in Stir of Echoes. And I've heard this rumour. We need someone like that to take it on. And re-do it, exploiting all of the new technology."
Well, Bacon himself has suggested that he'd be keen to take on the challenge. Back in 2016 a fan tweeted him saying: If A Nightmare on Elm Street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get Kevin Bacon as Freddy? I think he'd be fantastic."
Bacon replied: "I like the way you think."
Whilst it isn't exactly what he was suggesting, Englund is set to play Freddy at least once more at a live script reading of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warrior in Los Angeles later this year.
Englund starred in eight outings of the franchise between 1984 and 2003 before the film was rebooted - to little success - back in 2010 with Jackie Earle Haley in the Krueger role.
However, the interest around the character remains and Krueger has appeared in TV series' and video games more recently than that.
Hopefully if they do drag the dream-hopping murderer out of retirement once more, they'll do it properly.
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