Robert Englund is ready to wake up from “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.
The iconic star of the franchise, who has portrayed Freddy Kreuger in eight films since 1984, revealed that ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ was the last stand for his portrayal of the character.
“I kind of knew after 2004 that I wasn’t able to play Freddy again,” Englund said. Insiders while promoting the documentary “Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story,” adding, “I was 50 and ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ took a lot from me.”
Englund was “still doing a lot of my own stunts”, including the underwater scenes, but the film proved that he was done with the role due to his age. “I kind of knew I didn’t have a lot of stunt work left in me, or a lot of takes to physicalize it,” Englund said. “And my torso had shifted, along with my aging face, which doesn’t matter because I’m under all that shit — that makeup. But my bust… your weight shifts and you get bigger as you get older. And I sort of lost the outline of Freddy.
The “Stranger Things” star continued, “I might have had another Freddy or two in me from 2005 to 2010, but I don’t have any more. They have to find a new Freddy. It could be someone unknown or it could be someone established, like Kevin Bacon. … I would be honored if maybe they invited me to do a cameo.
Englund noted that director Jordan Peele may even take over the franchise, saying, “There’s tremendous work going on now. I don’t want to live in a world without Jordan Peele. ‘Get Out’ is absolute genius.
A potential remake wouldn’t mark the first time Freddy’s striped sweater has been worn by anyone other than Englund: The 2010 remake of the original “Elm Street” starred Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. However, Englund said recently Variety that the movie changed the franchise for the worse.
“Jackie is so good, a wonderful actor, so I don’t think it was that,” Englund said. “I’ve always thought Freddy is portrayed as a child killer. So when they made Freddy a child molester (in the remake), that’s not who Freddy is, I don’t think. By taking him to such a dark place, there’s no room for exploiting Freddy’s personality.