Robert Englund Got Paid to Throw Dead Leaves Around the Original Halloween Set
By Mason Segall
Though he's a veteran character actor with more than 40 years' worth of work on his filmography, Robert Englund is no doubt best known as the slasher icon Freddy Krueger from Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street series. He's been playing the character on and off since 1984, but landed his first professional role 10 years before that.
Just like every actor who eventually makes it in the movie industry, Englund had to pay his dues in his early career. In a recent interview with Access Live, he revealed that one of his earliest jobs may have foretold his future as a horror symbol.
"I ... had a roommate, back when they did the original Halloween. The John Carpenter one," Englund said, according to Bloody Disgusting. "And he conned me into going to Pasadena one day, with garbage bags full of dead leaves. And we were working on the set of the original Halloween, throwing the dead leaves around so it looked like autumn."
That's right, Freddy Krueger worked as a temporary set builder on John Carpenter's magnum opus. Though Englund probably had little to no interaction with the legendary master of horror, one can't help but feel like this was somehow building toward his eventual career in horror. (Which, by the way, he has announced he might continue as he feels he has "one more" film in him as Krueger.)