Johnny Depp Nightmare On Elm Street: Johnny Depp made his debut as the character in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, in which a bed famously beat him.
A Nightmare On Elm Street, Wes Craven, was Johnny Depp’s first film. The famous Freddy Krueger was created by the late great Wes Craven, who drew on many influences while writing and directing the 1984 thriller.
The inspiration for the project originated from a series of headlines about people dying in their sleep for no apparent reason, including one horrific narrative of a youngster feverishly attempting to stay awake and dying shortly after falling asleep.
Craven drew on a childhood recollection of observing a drunken guy from a window who spotted the young Craven and stared back to frighten him while inventing Freddy from A Nightmare On Elm Street. Because the director assumed that one of humanity’s first fears would be of bears and other wild creatures, Freddy’s razor finger glove is modeled after an animal’s claw.
His red and green sweater was inspired by another article that revealed how difficult it is for the human eye to process those colours combined, giving the killer a horrific optical impression. Craven had hoped to cast character actor David Warner (The Omen) as Freddy, but Robert Englund was selected for the gloomy role when that fell through.
Johnny Depp’s first film role was in Nightmare On Elm Street
The producers wanted Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) to play Glen Lantz, Nancy’s boyfriend, but his salary was too much for the low-budget project. Glen was supposed to be a jock, but Craven’s adolescent daughter endorsed Depp’s star potential.
Depp’s character tries to be a voice of reason throughout A Nightmare On Elm Street, insisting that Freddy couldn’t possibly exist. When his character falls asleep and the slasher takes him down into his bed, he learns the hard way that Freddy Krueger is quite natural.
A flood of blood erupts from the bed, filling the entire room in gore. Glen’s lifeless body was supposed to float back out of the hole and land on the bed, but it was removed from the final cut. According to another deleted scene, Freddy broke a finger off his glove and left it on Glen’s body as a taunting message for Nancy’s sheriff father.
Depp’s career was launched when he landed roles in Platoon and the TV series 21 Jump Street. In 1991’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, he returned to the Nightmare franchise for a tongue-in-cheek cameo.
Craven also wanted him to make a cameo as himself in New Nightmare in 1994 but lacked the confidence to ask; Depp later stated that he would have appeared if asked. Craven’s death in 2015 prompted the actor to respect the filmmaker for giving him his first chance in A Nightmare On Elm Street and launching his career.