We reported on Monday that the original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, stated on the radio program Loveline that he heard Billy Bob Thornton was up for the role of the new Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film. So, how much truth is there to this rumor? Considerably less than before, now that it was revealed where the rumor started.
iF Magazine ran an interview with Englund and when asked about the Billy Bob/Freddy Krueger item, Englund had this to say.
I heard this rumor from a journalist at a press conference during Comic Con. I think Billy Bob is a terrific actor. I've been a fan since Evening Shade.
So that's where it all started, amidst the madness of Comic-Con from a fellow journalist. While the credibility of this rumor has just dropped considerably, we'll be sure to keep you updated on any news on Billy Bob/Freddy Krueger and/or the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake as soon as we have more information.