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Why Johnny Depp’s Best Nightmare On Elm Street Return Never Happened

While Johnny Depp was willing to reprise his role for a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel, unfortunately, viewers missed out on this cameo due to an unlikely issue. As a director, Wes Craven was never short of nerve. The horror legend made his mark in the genre with Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, a pair of bleak, unsparing 70s exploitation movies that hid sharp social commentary under a lot of tense set-pieces, gruesome gore, and hopelessly dark plot twists.

Over the decades, Craven continued to redefine the horror genre with franchise-spawning slasher masterpieces like Scream and Nightmare On Elm Street as well as more outré fare such as The Serpent and the Rainbow and My Soul to Take. However, Craven’s unfailing nerve was shaken at one unexpected point in his illustrious career. Luckily, this didn’t deprive viewers of a horror classic. However, Craven’s uncertainty did mean that horror fans missed out on a potentially memorable scene that never made it into the Nightmare On Elm Street series despite the director’s ambitious plans.

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Wes Craven Wanted Johnny Depp Back In New Nightmare

Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street

When Craven began developing the meta-sequel New Nightmare, a reboot of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, he wanted to bring back most of the original movie’s cast. Nightmare On Elm Street’s original heroine Heather Langenkamp returned in the finished movie, while Craven played a parody of himself. Most impressively, Robert Englund pulled double duty by playing a redesigned, even scarier version of Nightmare On Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger while also simultaneously playing a campy, self-interested parody of himself in New Nightmare. However, Johnny Depp didn’t appear as himself in New Nightmare since Craven never asked him to return to the series, assuming that the rising star would be too busy.

Craven presumed that, since Depp had become an A-list star after appearing in the original Nightmare On Elm Street, he wouldn’t have the time to play a role in New Nightmare. However, on New Nightmare’s DVD commentary, Craven admitted he had been wrong. The star of the original Nightmare On Elm Street met Craven after the movie debuted and said that he would have loved to play a self-parody in New Nightmare if the director had only asked. Sadly, Craven opted not to bother the star and, as such, genre fans missed out on this appearance. To make matters worse, Depp did film a much weaker cameo.

Johnny Depp’s Nightmare On Elm Street 6 Cameo Was A Waste

Johnny's Depp commercial cameo in Freddy's Dead

Depp did appear in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, playing a parody of himself. However, this messy, disjointed Nightmare On Elm Street sequel was famously a tonal disaster, and Depp’s supposedly comedic cameo highlights this issue. In one of the many inexplicable celebrity cameos in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Depp plays himself in a parody of a DARE-style anti-drug advert. After Depp does the standard “this is your brain on drugs” shtick, Freddy appears and bashes the star over the head with a frying pan.

If that sounds cartoonish and un-scary, that is because it is. The cameo is one of many ill-judged moments in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel that leaned hard into the fantasy and comedy elements of the series. While this was not necessarily a major issue in itself, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare also effectively abandoned any attempts at serious scares, resulting in a movie that was too silly to be scary but not funny enough to be a full-blown parody. In contrast, Craven’s still-underrated New Nightmare parodied the Nightmare On Elm Street series while keeping its scares deadly serious.

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Why New Nightmare Still Worked Without Johnny Depp

Freddy's New Nightmare

Even without Depp’s presence, New Nightmare is a testament to Craven’s ingenuity. The Nightmare On Elm Street reboot works both as a straightforward slasher and as a savage satire of Hollywood, with Craven’s characters explicitly discussing how much money the franchise has made and how little its creative qualities matter to studio executives. While the Scream movies fused slasher tropes with self-aware characters, New Nightmare entered into trippier territory by seeing the horror director and his stars play fictionalized versions of themselves.

While New Nightmare might have been too weird for mainstream acclaim, it soon became a cult classic. New Nightmare’s Freddy Krueger Entity is still considered one of the scariest versions of the villain and the movie acted as an effective dry run for Craven’s hugely acclaimed blockbuster Scream series. As such, losing out on Johnny Depp’s appearance didn’t doom the successful Nightmare On Elm Street sequel in the long run.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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