Robert Englund, known for playing Freddy Krueger the eternally popular Nightmare on Elm Street films, says he wouldn’t even be able to consider reprising Freddy Krueger for a ninth film if New Line did come knocking.
Out promoting Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story, out June 6, the Shakespearean-trained thesp says he’s too old in the tooth to strap on the glove.
“I’m too old and thick to play Freddy now,” Englund tells Variety. “I just can’t do fight scenes for more than one take anymore, I’ve got a bad neck and bad back and arthritis in my right wrist. So I have to hang it up, but I would love to cameo.”
Englund does have an idea where a new Elm Street should go though.
“You’d have to deal with technology and culture,” he says. “For instance, if one of the girls was an influencer, it would be interesting for Freddy to somehow haunt her subconscious and manifest himself, perhaps exploit everybody that followed her.”
And Englund’s pick for a new Freddy?
“I know he respects the genre, and he’s such a fine physical actor,” he says. “I think that in the silences and in the way Kevin moves — it would be interesting.”