Rob Zombie Pushed Connie Britton to Play Elm Street Mom
10.30.09 by Ryan
Connie Britton is not known for horror movies. In fact, the Friday Night Lights actress told the NY Post that it took Rob Zombie and the casting of Jackie Early Haley to convince her to take a role in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the remake of Wes Craven's 1984 horror movie — a movie Britton admits she's only seen parts of.
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.
Britton is playing the mother of heroine Nancy (Rooney Mara), but isn't sure that her role is as strong in the remake as it was in the original.
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.
We have a feeling that the focus will likely be on Freddy hunting down Nancy, but that's just us.