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The Legendary Robert Englund Officially Retires His Run as Horror Icon Freddy Krueger



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It’s a sad moment when one of your beloved horror actors calls it a day. A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise legend Robert Englund has pretty much put the final nail in Freddy Krueger’s coffin, stating that he’s too old for the role now.

In a brand new interview with the good folks over at EW, Englund made it clear that his age is a major factor.

I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” Englund told the site. “If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and s—. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.

So, Robert Englund’s last appearance as Freddy Kreuger will forever be remembered in Freddy Vs. Jason. We feel good about the wink being a final goodbye to the fans.

He adds: “It’s like, I had a good run, I had a good time. And no one plans for this in your career. When I was wearing tights and doing Shakespeare, I didn’t say I wanted to be famous for playing this boogeyman. Careers happen and one of the pieces of advice I give to people is I’m sure you’ll do a great pilot or you’ll do a little independent art movie and it won’t go anywhere and then you might do your Intern No. 3 on Grey’s Anatomy and that’s the one that becomes the huge hit. People just don’t know. And when you’ve survived as long as I have and you see that, you can be real happy that you got 20 years as Freddy Kruger, you know?

We would personally like to thank Mr. Robert Englund for 20 years of nightmares!