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Kevin Bacon Responds to Freddy Krueger Casting Idea

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Kevin Bacon, who recently returned to horror, has responded to Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger casting suggestion for a Nightmare on Elm Street film. Englund played Krueger in the original Nightmare on Elm Street movies. In that movie, the ex-child killer haunted the dreams of Springwood teenagers to exact revenge on the parents who had murdered him. Wes Craven is the creator of the iconic slasher horror franchise. He wrote and directed the 1984 original and co-wrote the 1987 trilogy A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors. He also directed and wrote the New Nightmare in 1994.

Although critical reaction has been mixed throughout the series, Nightmare on Elm Street quickly became one the most iconic horror films after its 1984 release. This made Freddy Krueger one of the most famous slashers. However, it was criticized for its later films and suffered lower box office returns. As a result, the franchise briefly stopped production until Freddy vs. Jason, a Friday the 13th crossover movie, and the remake starring Jackie Earle Haley, Freddy, returned in 2010. Unfortunately, this remake received a largely negative reaction. Now, multiple Nightmare on Elm Street movies are being discussed, and one actor has shared his thoughts on joining the franchise.

Screen Rant spoke exclusively to Kevin Bacon about the action-thriller One Way. He also shared his thoughts on Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger casting concept. Bacon teased that he wouldn’t say never to the possibility of being the Nightmare on Elm Street villain and that it was possible. Below is what Bacon had to say.

“Never say never. I mean, I say, “Never say never,” but I really do follow that. There are very few things that I go, “Nah, nah.” You just never know.”

Bacon’s reaction may have been a bit vague to Englund’s Freddy Krueger casting suggestion. However, his willingness to assume the role of Nightmare on Elm Street antagonist will be a fascinating prospect for both actor and franchise fans. Bacon started his filmography long before earning his first Golden Globe nomination for The River Wild. He was the doomed Camp Crystal Lake counselor Jack Burrell in the original Friday 13th. Bacon has not made many appearances in horror in years past, but he did appear in You Should Have Leave and They/Them, which made him one of the most beloved actors in this genre.

Bacon would be a great Freddy Krueger in a Nightmare on Elm Street film, given his past history with Jason Voorhees. However, fans of the franchise will be hopeful that Robert Englund will again don the razor blade gloves before officially giving them to another actor. Until new details are available for the next film’s sequel, viewers can view nearly all original Nightmare on Elm Street movies on HBO Max, except for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.




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