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He is one of the most endearing of horror icons, with a devout following.
Thousands of fans worldwide love to hate Freddy Krueger, appearing in the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street and the horror crossover Freddy Vs Jason movie.
Up until the Freddy vs Jason movie, one man had portrayed the burned serial killer; Robert Englund.
In subsequent reboots since, a couple of different actors have put on the bladed glove, and in each of those movies, they haven’t fared as well as previous entries.
As is so often the case with a much-loved character, fans grow attached to whom they consider to play the role best.
To the fans, Englund is Krueger.
Unfortunately though, for any fans longing for the day Englund returns to the role may be in for some disappointing news; Englund is reportedly done with being Freddy.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Englund explained how he feels “done” with playing Freddy for one very simple reason.
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now.
If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles”, the star said.
“My spin gets sore, I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and shit.
So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
Englund is referring to the final scene in Freddy Vs Jason, which featured Krueger face off against another icon of slasher films; the undead machete-wielding Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th series.
The last shot of Freddy Vs Jason featured Jason walking off with Freddy’s severed head in his possession. Freddy looks to the camera and winks to the audience.
In the meantime, Englund has appeared in a few projects this past year, including the Uncle Grandpa TV series, within the Regular Show cartoon series, the upcoming Harvest Moon thriller movie, and even lent his voice to the Injustice 2 videogame.
And as for Freddy? Well, he’s set to star in yet another reboot, though there’s nothing concrete about it yet – despite the fact that Kevin Bacon would like to star in the titular role, which has earned the approval of Englund, which may make the transition a little smoother for Freddy fans.