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Real 'Freddy Krueger' Robert Englund talks the Elm Street prequel that never was

Apr. 4, 2012by: Jared Pacheco
Now I think Jackie Earle Haley is a pretty solid actor. But let's face facts - He destroyed the 'Freddy Krueger' character. Actually I'd put more blame on the entire crew around him if I was really pointing fingers, but I'm not. Instead I'm here to talk about the man that will always be 'Fred Krueger' to us: Mr. Robert Englund.

Apparently the guys over at MovieHole had a chance to chat with Mr. Englund recently and what did they talk about? The NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET prequel that never happened! So what did the man himself have to say about the flick that never was? Check it:

There was a great kind of Portrait of a Serial Killer kind of docudrama script around, where you see Freddy and his first kills and the courtroom scenes where these really horrible, terrible lawyers keep getting him off; great corrupt lawyers getting him off and then the vigilante parents. Finally in the climax, burning him alive, and maybe you see him manifest, and show up on Elm Street at the very end, where his sort of revenge, reign of terror would be hinted at.

Apparently Englund thinks he's too old for the role anyway:

I couldve probably done another Freddy or two, but I think thats when Platinum Dunes acquired the rights along with Warner Brothers from Newline Cinema. Their idea was to reboot the franchise and go with somebody younger who could play, could be the same Freddy for years. Im almost even now, Im almost too old to go out there and do the stunts and stuff. I can do a couple of takes, but then I wake up the next morning and feel like Ive been playing football. I can barely get out of bed, so Im having a lot more fun now doing these suit and tie roles. I just finished an episode of Criminal Minds last week, playing a good detective for a change. And it was kind of fun just to pitch some plot, and walk around with a tie loose around my neck, and a nice sport coat for a change.

Shenanigans! I don't care if Englund was 102 I'd still prefer him as 'Krueger' over anyone else. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that way either. Robert Englund IS Freddy Krueger.

Before the end of the interview Englund also states how there's currently a sequel in the works for BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON that he's involved with... But we already knew that.

Extra Tidbit: Robert Englund last played 'Freddy Krueger' in FREDDY VS. JASON, which also starred Monica Keena (above).
Source: MovieHole

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2:41PM on 04/04/2012
I'm not sold on the idea of a prequel. Freddy works best as a supernatural killer and the dream sequences. Take that away and he's another serial killer. As for Haley I thought he made a good Kruger. There's only one Englund true but I do want to see the series continue so I'd rather an actor like Haley take it over.
I'm not sold on the idea of a prequel. Freddy works best as a supernatural killer and the dream sequences. Take that away and he's another serial killer. As for Haley I thought he made a good Kruger. There's only one Englund true but I do want to see the series continue so I'd rather an actor like Haley take it over.
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