Robert Englund is perhaps one of the most recognized names and faces in horror. His portrayal of Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series has cemented him in horror history as one of the greatest performers to grace the silver screen. However, the legend has made it clear that he is not willing to don the infamous razor knives glove ever again. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to at least appear in another Elm Street film!
At the Film & Comic Con in Belfast, Ireland, Englund dropped a rather amazing wish at a Q&A session when he spoke about the possibility of returning to the franchise, telling the audience, “I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantankerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience.”
He also spoke about where the 2010 remake went wrong, saying that the film didn’t give audiences a chance or even a reason to care about the people on the screen. “You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted,” Englund explains. “You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation.”
Honestly, I love the idea of Englund playing that kind of crotchety role. It reminds me of Wes Craven’s appearance as the janitor Fred in Scream. It’s a perfect wink to the audience, showing that there is care and respect for what was…and hope for what can be.
[H/T Square Eyed TV]