By Robert Englund
ONE...TWO...FREDDY'S COMING FOR YOU....
you have got visible him within the "A Nightmare on Elm road" sequence -- and on your darkest goals. The sadistic killer with the flame-charred face. The knife-blade claws. The razor-sharp wit. "Freddy."..But you've gotten by no means obvious him like this. Unflinching. Uncensored. Un"masked."
Meet Robert Englund, the award-winning actor most sensible 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 at the back of the latex masks tells his tale during this beautiful new memoir, released to rejoice the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1st "A Nightmare on Elm highway" movie.
you notice, Robert Englund is not any monster in any respect, yet a deeply humorous, captivating Hollywood veteran. full of Robert's hilarious tales, playful self-deprecation, and a beneficiant aiding of never-before-revealed "A Nightmare on Elm road" trivialities, "Hollywood Monster" deals an exceptional examine the loved 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 classes, his soon-to-be-famous costars, the usually disastrous on-set mistakes, and the wave of recognition that propelled this humble California surfer child the entire approach to the head.
after all, repute 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 by way of Richard Gere, took down Burt Reynolds, and muscled his manner 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 such a lot celebrated position of his profession -- the macabre and wisecracking killer who speedy grew to become a family identify. From the instant Freddy Krueger dragged his claws throughout a rusty pipe within the starting dream series, a legend were unleashed -- and a celeb was once born. this can be his tale.
""Welcome to best time, bitch."
" -- Frederick Charles Krueger, bastard son of 100 maniacs
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