Elm Street’s New Mom, Connie Britton, Talks Remake

Elm Streets New Mom, Connie Britton, Talks RemakeConnie Britton, who plays Nancy’s mom in Samuel Bayer’s re-imagining of the Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, is never one to mince words, and she had some really interesting things to say about the new film. Curious? We know you are.

In a recent interview with The New York Post Britton had this to say:

You are going to be shocked to hear this; I’d never seen ‘Elm Street’ before we started shooting. Isn’t that funny?” adding that it was her intention to give her a fresh take on the character. “That was my intention, but also because I’m a scaredy cat,” she tells the Post. “I’ve known Rob Zombie for a long time and he’s always been telling me, ‘Connie, you gotta make a horror movie!’ But I was still too chicken. But when I heard Jackie Earle Haley was doing Freddy, I thought that this was the time. But in retrospect, now that I’ve seen a good part of the original, it made no difference because what we do in the new one is so substantially different.

Post interviewer Jarett Wieselman also added, “I was interviewing Robert Englund the other day and he singled out your casting as one of his favorite elements of the reboot because you can elevate the classic role.

Britton’s reply: “That was kind of my hope, too. I’m not sure if we accomplished that though. The truth is, I don’t think the role is as well represented in the movie as it could have been. My sense is that the focus won’t be on my character as much as I previously thought, but we’ll see.

So what will be well represented? I guess we’ll see when A Nightmare on Elm Street hits theatres on April 30, 2010. Stay tuned.

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  • Rorschach

    The weird thing about this remake is, usually the DC staffers are the ones telling us the readers to be patient and give things a chance…you know, not to judge these remakes on trailers alone.

    But this time, the roles seem to be reversed, with readers being guardedly optimistic (how much of that is due to Jackie Earle’s casting, I don’t know) and DC Staffers just absolutely LOATHING this film based on one trailer alone.


    • The Woman In Black

      It’s more than just the trailer. Most of our apprehension comes from some rumblings we’ve heard from people close to the project who have been trashing it to everyone who’ll listen. But even so, you know us — we’re trying to remain neutral and as optimistic as possible. It’s just not as easy in this case as in others.

    • rupp30

      That’s not entirely true. I’m kinda with DC on this one. Everything I’ve seen and read or heard up to this point has me shaking my head. They’re remaking or reimagining or whatever the hell you want to call it at this point, one of the best slashers of all time and the trailer was just one of many things that left a bad taste in my mouth about this. Yeah, Jackie Earle Haley may be a great actor but his voice as Freddy is so off it turns me off already just thinking about it. And when Fuller says “there is no cgi and it’s not what the final freddy will look like”…???

      I’m tired of platinum dunes and their damn remakes. They should quit toying around with the class slasher villians we all love(along with Zombie) and for all I care, make more films like The Unborn. I hated that but at least I didn’t feel heartbroken after coming out of the theatre for watching it like I did with Halloween 2 and Friday the 13th. With The Unborn I just felt stupid for wasting 9 bucks on one of the worst films of the year.


  • Spaceshark

    Connie is a friggin fantastic actress and five minutes of her in anything makes it instantly better. So if this film turns out to be total shit like everyone here thinks it will, she can at least upgrade it to polished turd.

  • Kindahuge

    Can’t say I’m too thrilled after hearing this. She doesn’t even take the time to watch the movie before auditioning, and after getting the role she says she’s seen “a good part of it.” Sorry, I understand wanting to go in a new direction and everything, but I think truly knowing and understanding the source material should be a prerequisite for anyone involved in a remake/re-imagining, horror or otherwise. Jackie Earl Haley may just make this worthwhile, but I’m cringing already after reading this.

  • The Woman In Black

    I adore Connie! If most of her performance ends up on the cutting room floor, well, that will just be par for the course of what I’ve heard about this remake so far.