Robert Englund Opens Up About Initial Role for Stranger Things Season 3

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After the three long years of anticipation, Stranger Things Season 4 has finally arrived on Netflix. The show's latest season introduced several new cast additions including Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munsen, Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri, Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard, and a surprise cameo of horror legend Robert Englund, playing Victor Creel.

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Englund joined Season 4 of Stranger Things and plays the older version of the psychiatric patient Victor Creel, who was falsely convicted for his family's murder and was incarcerated in Pennhurst Asylum. As fans are obviously thrilled with Englund's inclusion as the terrifying Victor Creel, Englund recently revealed that he almost had another role.

In a recent interview with Screenrant, Stranger Things Season 4 star Robert Englund discussed his initial role for the show's third season, where he's supposed to play a minor key character.

"I was up for a role in season three and either, I didn't have a good audition, or I was wrong for the part or they went younger, or whatever," Englund said. "I was a little disappointed because I just love the show. And then I was contacted for season four."

Englund went on to discuss his scrapped role as the mayor, a role later turned over to Cary Elwes. "I think I was up for the mayor, and they went with a great actor and actor I know and love, Cary Elwes. Completely different. Believe me," he said. "If you want the handsome, beautiful Cary Elwes, you never had Robert Englund in your head at all for the role. But I think maybe at one time, they didn't know whether to go young or old."

"I know when I got there, they told me to play it like the mayor in Jaws, which is almost like a corrupt used car salesman, the guy in a plaid jacket, that kind of guy, kind of corrupted. Obviously, they wanted to kind of go with 80s power tie, beautiful, young, a power tie lawyer type that they did with Cary, and it made much more sense. I mean, Cary is a wonderful actor and got a lot of laughs doing it. Cary, also, I think he's supposed to be having a love affair and have a mistress and... I do not [laughs]. I'm not the guy. I'm way too old to be the guy having lots of mistresses."

The actor added, "Yeah, Victor Creel was a much better fit and also, thematically, it gives the episode and the season a little bit of a wink."

The takeaway from this is that if one door closes, another one indeed surprisingly opens, and it might be a more exciting one. Englund has said it himself, the mayor role is more fitting for Cary Elwes, but no one would even argue that Englund's casting as Victor Creel in Stranger Things Season 4 was flawless. Aside from Englund's thriving career in horror flicks, his appearance in the show also marks a massive significance, as the show's latest villain Vecna took inspiration from his menacing character in A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger.

Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 is now available to stream on Netflix, while Volume 2 will premiere on July 1.

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