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31st May 2023

The original Freddy Krueger has an incredible pick to replace him in the role

Simon Kelly

One, two, guess who’s coming for you.

Horror icon Robert Englund, who starred as the terrifying Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise has named who he thinks should be his successor.

In a surprising but definitely interesting choice, the 75-year-old has gone for Kevin Bacon as the man to don the fedora next.

In an upcoming documentary, Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story, releasing next month, the actor agreed with a fan who namechecks Bacon as a possible replacement.

“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.”

Bacon does have skin in the horror game, featuring throughout his career in scary flicks such as Friday the 13th, Flatliners, Hollow Man, Stir of Echoes and They/Them. He’ll also appear in the upcoming MaXXXine. His name would also carry a lot of weight if he were to star as the Springwood Slasher in any potential reboots of the franchise.

Englund first portrayed Freddy in the first outing of the franchise, 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. He went on to reprise the role for seven more movies, including the 2003 crossover Freddy vs. Jason, which saw the the two horror icons go up against each other.

Unfortunately, it looks like Englund’s days as the child-killing monster are over, as he’s alluded to himself. But he’s not against appearing in a smaller role.

“I’m too old and thick to play Freddy now,” Englund says. “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.”

“I know who icons are,” he says. “I’m not an icon. Maybe Freddy Krueger is, but I’m not. I’m just a character actor, a utility actor who’s been very lucky.”

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