By Robert Englund


you have got visible him within the "A Nightmare on Elm road" sequence -- and on your darkest desires. The sadistic killer with the flame-charred face. The knife-blade claws. The razor-sharp wit. "Freddy."..But you may have by no means noticeable him like this. Unflinching. Uncensored. Un"masked."

Meet Robert Englund, the award-winning actor top identified for his position as Freddy Krueger -- the mythical horror icon featured at the American movie Institute's "100 maximum Heroes and Villains" roster -- a personality as unforgettable and enduring as Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Now, for the 1st time, the fellow in the back of the latex masks tells his tale during this appealing new memoir, released to have fun the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1st "A Nightmare on Elm road" movie.

you notice, Robert Englund isn't any monster in any respect, yet a deeply humorous, captivating Hollywood veteran. full of Robert's hilarious tales, playful self-deprecation, and a beneficiant supporting of never-before-revealed "A Nightmare on Elm highway" trivialities, "Hollywood Monster" bargains an remarkable examine the liked movie icon. With insider savvy and gallows humor, Robert recounts his audition for Wes Craven, the muse for Freddy's personality, the grueling make-up periods, his soon-to-be-famous costars, the customarily disastrous on-set error, and the wave of recognition that propelled this humble California surfer child all of the approach to the head.

in fact, popularity and fortune as Freddy got here years after the younger actor shared a trailer with reveal legend Henry Fonda, was once punched within the face through Richard Gere, took down Burt Reynolds, and muscled his method among Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally box, and Jeff Bridges.

yet quickly after his high-profile stint within the groundbreaking television miniseries V, Robert Englund took at the so much celebrated position of his occupation -- the macabre and wisecracking killer who fast grew to become a loved ones identify. From the instant Freddy Krueger dragged his claws throughout a rusty pipe within the establishing dream series, a legend have been unleashed -- and a celeb used to be born. this can be his tale.

""Welcome to top time, bitch."

" -- Frederick Charles Krueger, bastard son of 100 maniacs

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The next 12 months, I went as much as Bellingham, Washington, a blue-collar city north of Seattle, to movie younger Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy, a television motion picture approximately Joseph Kennedy Jr. I had a featured function, which afforded me lots of downtime, so much of which used to be handed hiding from the consistent rain contained in the one first rate bar on the town. The bar was once constantly packed with younger women flying solo simply because all in their husbands have been up within the a long way north engaged on the Alaskan Pipeline. They have been lonely, flush with their absent hubby’s funds, and we have been bored, sexy actors with time to kill, so evidently the celebration was once on. On our first Friday evening in Washington, the celebration moved from the bar to 1 of our forged member’s suites and shortly obtained wild. To set the temper, I grabbed a few shirts off the ground and tossed them over the lampshades, which I was hoping may create a few mellow celebration lights, then jacked up the stereo and made definite that everyone within the room had a few tequila. continuously the gracious host. So everybody’s ingesting and making out and having a very good previous time, and there, within the heart of the scrum, certainly one of our actors was once dancing with one of many neighborhood gals. They have been grinding nearer and nearer, and it was once getting warmer and warmer, and immediately, correct there, in the course of the get together, the fellow gave her a truly fit backhand and every little thing went silent, with the exception of the terrible disco music pumping from the audio system. a number of the opposite forged participants ran over to restrain their actor buddy earlier than issues may possibly get additional out of hand. At that second the gal stepped as much as the actor and nailed him with a roundhouse punch. The actor slowly smiled. Then the gal, along with her bloody cut up lip, grinned correct again at him. He planted a kiss on her, a passionate, horny, bloody kiss. They disappeared into the fluorescent-lit toilet and closed the door in the back of them. They weren’t obvious for the remainder of the weekend, they usually remained a pair until eventually the shoot was once over. A fit made in hell. i used to be growing to be up speedy. a number of months later, I auditioned for a costarring position in one other significant motion picture with an all-star cast—Jeff Bridges, Sally box, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Scatman Crothers, between others—called remain Hungry. For the 1st time in my profession, I went to the interview in personality, which essentially intended resurrecting the southern accessory I’d utilized in Buster and Billie. numerous callbacks later, i used to be provided the half, beating out Sylvester Stallone and, for the second one time in 4 years, Gary Busey. (Probably as a result of our early typecasting as southerners, Gary and that i went up for a similar roles much again within the seventies. a few of them he received, a few of them I bought, and i've no challenging emotions whatever simply because i admire his paintings. i've got no inspiration how he feels approximately mine, and albeit, I don’t are looking to discover. ) initially, i used to be basically scheduled to shoot in Alabama for 6 weeks on remain Hungry. however the director, Bob Rafelson, was once operating his magic, and magic is usually sluggish in coming, so I wound up on place for nearly 3 months, with wallet packed with in line with diem and lots of unscheduled hours to fill within the Deep South.

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