By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Robert Englund graciously accepts Jackie Earle Haley as the next generation’s Freddy Krueger. However, as the original keeper of the glove, Englund is eagerly awaiting the result.
Englund on A Nightmare on Elm Street
“I’ve only seen the previews on TV, the trailer on TV,” Englund said while walking the red carpet for The Streamy Awards. “I’m curious. There are some really good actors in the project. Clancy Brown from Highlander and Carnivale, Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights. Obviously Jackie Earle Haley. I thought he was the best thing in Watchmen so I’m very curious. Thomas Dekker from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles who I thought was a very interesting young actor. I think he’s playing the so-called Johnny Depp role. I’m really curious to see it. I don't know anything about this director and I don't know anything about the young actress.”
Englund must have been prepared to address the new Freddy as he supported Haley with the ultimate diplomacy.
“As I said before, Jackie did this movie years ago. I was in the Philippines doing my Vietnam movie and the star of that movie had just done a movie with Jackie that he won the British Academy Award for called Breaking Away. So I was very privy to this film, Breaking Away and I’ve seen it many times. Jackie’s work in it is just wonderful. I think Jackie never got the credit for actually inventing the slacker persona in that film. So I’ve always had Jackie on my radar as a talented actor and I think he’s a really interesting choice.”
Even under the layers of makeup, we could always see Robert Englund under Freddy. We’ll see if Haley’s face comes through as clearly. “Everybody has their own interpretation. The thing you’ve got to remember about Freddy is he is somebody’s imagination. He’s a myth. He’s been talked about around teen campfires and in teen bedrooms and they all have their own concept of how he’s going to behave in their own subconscious. He’s only as real as they let him be in their subconscious, so there’s all sorts of boundaries about reality and imagination when you play him. It’s usually kind of liberating.”
However, perhaps the most important part of the Nightmare on Elm Street story is not Freddy, but Nancy. “The ingénue is very important in terms of the story and the movie so it’ll be interesting to see. I wish them well.”
A Nightmare on Elm Street opens to theaters on April 30th.