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An Interview with Roberto Lombardi, Star of Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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Your new movie Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character?


It is the fifth part of our Krueger: Tales from Elm Street series and it focuses on on what happens to Freddy after he is released from police custody. It shows what he goes through when he realizes he's lost his family and that he's been outed as the Springwood Slasher. It also includes the burning of Freddy!


What did you draw upon to bring Freddy Krueger to life, and how much of Roberto Lombardi can we find in him, honestly?


Freddy is both a sadist and a masochist, so I researched traits of those types. I also did a bit of research on sociopaths and their mannerisms. There are some parts of me in there, not many, mainly the emotional side that's shown in the films.


Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street isn't the first time you've played iconic Freddy Krueger - so how do you think the character and your performance have evolved over the years?


As in all of the Krueger films, I've tried to bring something new to the character while still making him familiar. For the first film in 2011, we were really going for a homage that would fit in with how Robert Englund [Robert Englund bio - click here] portrayed Freddy (like the light hair color). I still made many parts of that performance my own, but starting with the second film in 2013 I really made it my version of Freddy. As the films evolved, I think the thing I brought most to Freddy was giving him more depth of character along with a wider emotional range.


From what I know, for part of Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street, you had to undergo a daily one and a half hours of makeup - so do talk about that process for a bit, and how much of a strain was it to get your part across under all the makeup?


The makeup was a long process! It seemed like longer than two hours sitting in that chair! I had worn a mask with the eyes and mouth cut out for The Nightmare Ends on Halloween II in 2011, but for this film we all thought it was important to see me in full makeup and not wearing a mask of Robert's face. That way the audience could really see what I would look like legitimately. The makeup was a bald cap, liquid latex and cotton with different color makeup blended into it. It covered my entire head and neck. It was easier to act in the makeup as I could really make readable facial expressions.


Do talk about your director Chris R. Notarile [Chris R. Notarile interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


Chris is one of my very best friends. We've been working together since 2007 and we have a great mutual respect for each other. We bounce ideas off of each other and every film I've worked on with him has been amazing. We know each other so well now that we always know what the other wants from a performance standpoint. Not only is he an amazing filmmaker, but he's very actor oriented. He's so organized that he has the whole film edited in his head before he sits down to actually do it!


Since you were also one of the producers of Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street - what were the main challenges there?


No real challenges. These films may be short, but they aren't cheap! Mainly actor schedules, props and wardrobe were challenging.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was like a reunion! Jessica Buda returned as Mary, so it was great to work with her again. Shannon McDermott and Christian Chase are good friends and very talented. We filmed this one in Philadelphia (boiler room), Long Beach and the original police station from the original 1984 film. The locations couldn't have been nicer and there was a great vibe on set. We could feel we were making something people would really like. It's always work to not only top what you already did, but to come up with something new and different in each film. We love the challenge though!


As noted, Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street wasn't the first time you played Freddy Krueger - so do talk about the previous movies for a bit, and how did you first get involved with the series?


Chris and I were returning from New York one day and he said he was thinking of doing a Freddy prequel. He gave me the basic story and asked if I was interested in playing Freddy. I said "Are you kidding, YES!". I can give you a little breakdown of what we did to make each one special. A Tale from Elm Street showed the interrogation of Freddy by Thompson and showed what sparked his interest in Nancy. Another Tale from Elm Street showed how Freddy manipulated children into going with him and used the actual tactics child abductors use. A Walk Through Elm Street got into Freddy's mind and let the audience know how his mind worked by choosing to hide in plain sight, while stalking and abduction a young boy. It also showed Freddy chatting with pregnant Marge at the actual Elm Street house. The Slasher from Elm Street explored the duality of Freddy as a loving husband and father, while continuing the story from the previous film. Even sympathizing with the missing boy's parents. All of that leads to the release from prison, burning and dream demon in The Legend of Elm Street .


How intimidating is it actually to play Freddy Krueger, who has been turned into an icon by Robert Englund [Robert Englund bio - click here], and do you base your performance on his at all?


It's a little intimidating. If you take an iconic role made famous by a talented actor and step into the role yourself, you think "Ok, be prepared. Some people are going to tear you apart for even making an attempt". The reality has been that a very large portion of Elm Street fans have embraced me as Freddy and that is flat out amazing. I'm very conscious of not carbon copying Robert's performance. I feel that since I've mostly played Freddy in life that it was important to do a few things that would make the character recognizable. I always use the Clarice Starling comparison. Julianne Moore replaced Jody Foster but kept a few voice traits and mannerisms for the character continuity.


Will you ever return as Freddy Krueger (at least that you know of), and/or other future projects you'd like to share?


Yes! While there aren't any concrete plans for another Krueger film, Chris does have an idea for another short film that would still be a prequel and of course there is the feature film script he wrote in 2011 that we would love to make. As for future projects, I am finishing up the third part of the Masks trilogy which will then go into festivals and eventually a DVD release. Also, the latest Krueger and Chris's original vampire film Turned have been submitted to quite a few festivals. So, I may be doing some festival appearances!


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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I think that about covers everything for now. I have a lot of auditions coming up and some other projects that I can't talk about yet, so stay tuned!


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you Mike!


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