Haley fine as 'second-place Freddy'
Jackie Earle Haley says he's happy to be seen as "second-place Freddy" when the new Nightmare On Elm Street hits cinemas.
"This is like comparing apples and oranges, a lot of that hardcore base are going to have a hard time that it isn't Robert Englund, how do you compare?" the Oscar-nominated actor admitted as he hit the red carpet in Hollywood for the world premiere.
"You can't because it's one movie versus decades of developing a cultural icon."
He added: "For me, I'm just thrilled to get to step in and play the role. I'm perfectly happy to be second-place Freddy, it's not a competition but I think we did a great job of making this movie."
But the actor confessed to being petrified about what horror fans will think of his version of Freddy Krueger. "I'm scared to death," he laughed.
And Jackie insists he isn't easily frightened. "It takes a lot to scare me. The only way you're going to get me is if you get me invested in the characters and horror films aren't usually very good at that.
"The genre usually likes to take 18 kids, stick them in a cabin and start to hack 'em up. One of the things that drew me to Nightmare On Elm Street is that the characters are so well realised," he explained.