American leading actor of a number of horror films, probably best known as
Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) and all of its sequels.
Englund, a boyish, tall and gaunt figure, became a cult favorite after that film
but had started working in the 1970s. Englund went on to a number of
low-budget horror films, including Galaxy of Terror (1981) and The Fifth Floor
(1978). Then came his big break as Freddy Kruger in "Elm Street", the man of
nightmares with the disfigured face and a red striped shirt with his right hand
as razor-sharp knives. The film was directed by Wes Craven and was so
successful for New Line Cinema that the company had Englund reprise Freddy
in all of the subsequent--and wildly successful--sequels. He played the title
role in the semi-remake of the horror film classic, The Phantom of the Opera
(1989) for 21st Century Film Corporation. Englund has frequently worked with
Hooper, in such films as Night Terrors (1993) and The Mangler (1995).
Thank you Robert for this great interview!
Sandra - Did you like the idea of play the role of the Phantom of the Opera?
Robert - I was intrigued by the idea of taking on the classic character. I am
honored to be in the same company as Lon Chaney and Claude Rains. Also, at
the time the Andrew Lloyd Webber version was very popular so I
enjoyed the opportunity to return the original Grand Guignol roots of the story.
Sandra - How did you prepare for the role? Did you read any book or see other
Robert - I read the book and watched several versions of the movie, including
de Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.
Sandra - What do you think about the main character, Erik? Tell us what is your
vision about him.
Robert - Like most villains, he is obsessed, this time with music.
Sandra - What were the most difficult scenes to play?
Robert - The fire scenes were very dangerous because the set was flammable.
Sandra - Were the make up sessions very hard?
Robert - Yes, they were worse than Freddy but not as bad as The Mangler. Some
days I was in the make-up chair for five hours while make-up was applied over
make-up, followed by a wig.
Sandra - Can you tell us an anecdote happened during the filming?
Robert - We filmed in Budapest, Hungary. My dressing room trailer was the
smallest I have ever had.
Sandra - Why do you think Erik character, though in some occasions seems to
be scary, is so appealing to audience (women above all)?
Robert - Erik is romantically obsessed with music and Christine. Obsession is
Sandra - The final scene of the movie is very famous. When everybody thinks
Christine is safe and the movie is going to end, a mysterious violinist appears
playing Don Juan Triumphant's melody. All the fans suppose he's the Phantom.
What would be your interpretation of it?
Robert - The music will haunt Christine forever.
Sandra - Apart of your movie, what other Phantom versions do you like?
The original silent version with Lon Chaney holds up very well. The Hammer
film with Herbert Lom is very effective.
Sandra - What role haven't you played till now that you would like to do?
Robert - Iago in Shakespeare's Othello.
Sandra - What new projects do you have?
Robert - Masters of Horror for Showtime. My episode is called DANCE OF
THE DEAD, directed by Tobe Hooper. Also, look for HEARTSTOPPERS
directed by Bob Keen, and HATCHET with Kane Hodder and Tony Todd, and
BEHIND THE MASK.
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