Interview with Robert Englund
(Freddy Krueger, Freddy Vs. Jason)
Conducted by Kat on October 26th, 2003
At what age did you realize that you wanted to be an actor? And how did you get the role of Freddy Krueger?
At a young age , 11 or 12 when I was involved with the Teenage Drama Workshop I learned how much fun it was to get laughter and applause. The role of Freddy was offered during my hiatus from “V”. Just a regular interview, I went in and played starring games with (director) Wes Craven and got the part.
Now, this is a question on everybody's mind, and we might as well get it out of the way first thing… IF the script and money was right would you come back for a Freddy Vs. Jason sequel? And finally, have you heard any official word on a sequel?
Sure. There are only rumors about any future Freddy project. I would be most interested in playing pre-burned Freddy in a prequel.
To get another question out of the way. Have you heard any official word on a NOES prequel? Have you read a script for the film? If so, can you give us any details?
Again, only rumors.
Were you happy with the finished product of Freddy Vs. Jason?
Yes, I think it blends the two franchises convincingly. Ronny Yu brought a fresh, Hong Kong sensibility to it, the fans seem to like it.
Have you ever kept any props from any of the NOES films including Freddy Vs. Jason? If so, what are they?
Are there any behind the scenes stories or facts you'd like to tell us about that happened on the set of Freddy Vs. Jason?
Shooting late at night gets pretty silly.
What was your reaction when you found out that Kane Hodder was not going to be playing the role of Jason Voorhees?
Not my call.
How was Ronny Yu to work with? Were you able to give a lot of input to your character and the storyline?
Ronny was an open minded collaborator. He had clear ideas about the project. When I didn’t understand him, I just had to look at his story boards. I trusted him and his vision.
What horror movie is your all time favorite? How about if you had to exclude any film that you were in?
Do you keep in touch with anyone from any of the Nightmare On Elm Street films? If so, who?
Not really. I occasionally see Wes and Heather.
If you could pick any one icon to fight Freddy (besides Jason), who would you pick and why?
Freddy should mud wrestle Lara Croft.
When the time comes that you decide you don't want to play the role of Freddy Krueger any more, would you rather see the series end, or have them replace you?
Freddy is a horror icon, like Dracula. Many, many actors will eventually play him.
How do you place Wes Craven's New Nightmare into the Nightmare on Elm Street timeline?
In your opinion, who won in Freddy Vs. Jason? Many think it was a tie, or this person or that person. What is your honest opinion if you couldn't choose a tie?
Neither character won, Freddy is still alive.
What was the hardest scene to film in Freddy Vs. Jason?
The underwater scenes were technically difficult and required extensive extra glue to keep the make-up from filling with water.
What are some of the scenes that were filmed but then left out of the final print?
Please to not
reproduce this interview!
The original ending, Will and Lori finally have sex, during which Will turns into Freddy. New Line went with a different ending because it was felt that ending pointed toward a Son Of Freddy angle they were uninterested in pursuing.