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written by Grace on February 23, 2010
Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic.
A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep, there is no escape.
IESB was on set with a group of online journalists. Read the entire on set interview with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET cast member Rooney Mara who plays “Nancy Thompson”,
Q: Were you a fan of the original film?
Rooney Mara: I was. I saw it when I was 12 years old, I think. I was at a slumber party, and the older sister of the girl I was friends with was watching it with her friends and I saw it, and I really wish I hadn’t seen it when I was 12 because it really scarred me for life. I remember Tina’s death just freaked me out. I had that image in my head for years, her flying across the room.
Q: Is it weird being in the remake now after all that?
RM: Yeah, it is. It definitely is. I’m glad I don’t have to do that, though [laughs].
Q: You get to survive.
RM: Yes. Q: Was it overwhelming to take on the role of Nancy, who’s sort of the original “final girl”?
Q: Can you tell us something we don’t already know about this version of Nancy?
Q: You’re sporting some black nail polish…
Q: Have you heard any feedback or response from Heather Langenkamp?
Q: Would you like to meet her?
RM: Yeah, I would definitely like to after we finish, for sure.
Q: What was it about her performance that you liked in the film?
RM: I think everyone liked just how sweet and wholesome she was, but at the same time she was obviously very strong and a survivor and she never gave up. I think that’s what people liked about her, that she was a real girl; she wasn’t like a supermodel or just some pretty face. She was a real person.
Q: Can you tell us what you went through to get all bloodied up like that?
Q: Talk about working with Jackie and also the first time you saw him in the makeup.
Q: What was his reaction?
Q: Can you talk about Nancy’s art and that part of your character?
Q: So do we see her paint throughout the movie, or are they just paintings that were already done?
Q: Do the dreams or Freddy interact with those paintings in any way, kind of skewed in the dream world?
Q: Did you do any research on your own into dreams or sleep? They talked about the micro-naps and stuff like that.
RM: I did. I did a lot of research on sleep deprivation and the effects of that. And I’ve been trying to sleep deprive myself, which has been less fun.
Q: Any special tricks you do, rubbing your eyes before a shot or stuff like that, that you do to look like you’ve been awake for 70 hours?
RM: The makeup pretty much does that, as you can see right now, I look quite hideous. But no, I just haven’t been letting myself sleep that much. If we have a really intense scene, I try not to let myself get more than three hours of sleeps, and after a few days that’s quite draining.
Q: Does the intensity sort of spill over? Does it get too intense for you at times as a person?
RM: It does. Last night when I went home I was like a wreck. I was really spent, because yesterday was really intense, because it was all day one of the most intense scenes in the movie, crying the whole day. Seventy-five takes of just bawling my eyes out. So yeah, it’s hard to get there and then get home and to leave it. So it has been hard because there are a lot of those scenes in the movie. Tomorrow, especially, is going to be really hard.
Q: So you’ve signed on to multiple ELM STREETs…
RM: I have one sequel in my contract.
Q: So the news story today that said you’d signed on for three films…
RM: I heard that, yeah, that’s not right. [laughs] I mean, there’s only so long you can stay awake, right? You gotta die sometime.
Q: Well, in the original, she reappears in the third film. The second film has nothing to do with anything.
RM: Right. We’ll see what happens. Me and Jackie always joke that we want the sequel to be THE BRIDE OF FREDDY–that me and Freddy run off together. [laughs] She gives into it: “I wanna be your girlfriend, Freddy.”
Q: Did you revisit all the movies before?
RM: No I didn’t. I didn’t want to. Kyle’s actually never seen the first one, so we’re going to watch them when we’re finished. I didn’t want to have that in my head, because it’s so different. I didn’t want that to affect my performance. But we’re definitely going to watch them when we’re finished.
Q: What about some of the Platinum Dunes films. Did you kind of bone up on them?
RM: No, I’ve never seen any of them. I can’t go to horror movies. I watched every horror movie when I was 12 to 16, every horror movie. Then something just…I couldn’t any more, especially, I really don’t like slaughter movies, like SAW. I can’t watch those. They’re just too…
Q: So how would you describe this one though? They’re saying it’s not quite as comedic as the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, so will people be traumatized? Is it kind of like that, torture?
Q: Is that what drew you to it, because so many horror movies skip over the character development?
Q: Can you speak a little about to how Nancy’s strength in this one is different than how you remember it from the other ones?
Q: She embraces that?
Q: Can you talk about her relationship with her mother, because that’s such a big part in the original?
Q: And the father?
Q: No where to be seen? No police officer father?
Q: Is the reason that Nancy is the way she is when we first meet her–can I go out on a limb and guess that maybe it’s tied to Freddy?
RM: Definitely is tied to Freddy. [laughs] That’s why the payoff at the end is so good.
Q: I’ve heard some things about them changing Freddy’s backstory, so that he could definitely be interacting with your character as much younger children.
RM: Yeah, there’s a lot of backstory in this one. A lot. And yes, there’s a lot with the children that I’m not really allowed to talk about, but it’s really good.
Q: Can you talk about this scene and what’s leading up to it, and where we are in the story?
Q: Do you have any ideas in your head where you’d like to see Nancy go in a sequel?
Q: In the sequels, she’s a therapist for kids. It’s years later.
Q: What do you have going on after this?
Q: You’re in YOUTH IN REVOLT, right?
Q: I just started seeing posters for it.
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