Video:Connie Britton and Clancy Brown on Nightmare on Elm Streetwith Rebecca Murray
Clancy Brown and Connie Britton play parents of teenagers stalked by Freddy Krueger in their dreams in the 2010 remake of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' At the world premiere, Brown and Britton talked about why Freddy still scares us.See Transcript
Transcript:Connie Britton and Clancy Brown on Nightmare on Elm StreetRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of New Line Cinema's A Nightmare on Elm Street presented by Warner Bros Pictures.
Clancy Brown – 'Alan Smith' in A Nightmare on Elm StreetWhy do you think we're still so fascinated with Freddy Krueger after all these years?
Clancy Brown: "Why are we still fascinated with Freddy Krueger? The same reason we're fascinated with Dracula, the same reason we're fascinated with werewolves, and Frankenstein. Because he represents an elemental fear, an elemental terror in human experience. You know, something that when you're your most vulnerable - when you're asleep, when you're dreaming - can kill you, can hurt you. That's frightening stuff. That's truly frightening stuff."
And having Jackie [Earle Haley] play Freddy Krueger this time instead of Robert Englund...what was that like working with Jackie as Freddy?
Clancy Brown: "Jackie's tremendous. He's a great actor. Robert is also a great actor, but Robert made those earlier Friday...I mean Nightmare on Elm Streets. Why do I keep doing that?"
They all run together.
Clancy Brown: "They don't though. See, that's the thing. I mean Nightmare on Elm Street really is different than the rest of those because it's a deep psychological exploration, and I think our show actually gets there - goes even further with that."
So that's what sets this Nightmare apart from the previous Nightmares?
Clancy Brown: "Right. I think we can go deeper. The audience is more sophisticated and they expect a more complex and more in depth character development, and explanation for why this thing is happening. It's just not enough to kill people in their dreams. You have to know where this guy came from, how he was created, and how he became who he became and why it's happening. And realize your own sins and how they might come back and visit you."
Is this the type of horror movie, if you're going to buy a ticket for a horror movie, that you seek out? Or do you seek out the Boo! scares type thing?
Clancy Brown: "I do not seek out torture porn horror movies. If I wasn't involved with this I would probably wait for a couple of weeks. I would be skeptical. But after reading about what it's about and see all the great reviews that are going to come out, I think I would go see it. And I might go see it early because I'm a fan of Jackie. And Kyle [Gallner's] going to get some great reviews because he was terrific in it, and Rooney [Mara]. It's going to be a good movie - a good movie movie."
It seems like they didn't hire based on who can scream or who's got big breasts. It looks like they actually actors for a horror movie, which is really nice to see.
Clancy Brown: "Good. Well, I like to think I have big breasts."
Connie Britton – 'Dr Gwen Holbrook' in A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy Krueger, is he someone who has always freaked you out?
Connie Britton: "Yeah. You know, I never saw the original movie. I have to admit."
Connie Britton: "Because I am terrified of horror movies."
What are you doing in one?
Connie Britton: "You want to know what I'm doing in it? I heard Jackie Earle Haley was playing Freddy Krueger. I'm like, 'How can I say no.' And then I thought, 'I'll face my fears,' so I did and I got through it. The real test though is tonight. Can I sit through it? It's going to be a test."
What sets this one apart from the other ones?
Connie Britton: "I haven't seen the movie yet but my feeling is that Jackie Earle Haley is going to bring such a level of reality to it, which i think is going to make it 10 times scarier. You're going to feel like you're watching something real. I've got to imagine that's terrifying."
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