Robert Englund Who Portrays Victor Creel In Stranger Things Season 4 Says He Auditioned For Season 3
Stranger Things star Robert Englund admits that he auditioned and was rejected for a role in season 3 before landing the role of Victor Creel in season 4
Englund rose to international prominence in the 1980s after portraying Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. Stranger Things is likewise set in the 1980s, with Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Will, Lucas, and Max facing the evil Vecna in season four. Despite the fact that the Creel home played a significant role in Stranger Things season 4's marketing and plot, Englund only made a brief cameo as Victor Creel. To prevent further deaths in Hawkins, Robin and Nancy pay a visit to Creel, who blinded himself after people dismissed his story that an evil force murdered his family. Victor explains his version of the events, and the conclusion of volume 1 proves Victor's son Henry was responsible for his mother and sister's deaths before becoming Vecna.
While Englund's depiction of the Creel grandfather has received accolades, he nearly starred as a different character in Stranger Things season 3. According to THR, the actor auditioned for a role in season 3 but did not get the position. However, because Englund was a Stranger Things fan, he received a callback for season 4 when they were seeking to play Victor Creel. The entire text of Englund's reply is available below:
I was a fan, and then I was up for a role in season three that I didn’t get, I was disappointed. I really wanted to be on the show. Then they called me for Victor Creel. I sent in a little home audition tape my wife filmed. I saw him as this strangely sympathetic man — but also frightening because he’s blinded himself and has these terrible scars. But he has this damaged tale to tell.
Even though Stranger Things focuses on the younger actors, Englund may have portrayed a few additional adult roles in season 3. Mayor Larry Kline, played by Cary Elwes, was one of the more prominent parts he might have auditioned for. Englund might have have been targeting Tom Holloway, Nancy and Jonathan's supervisor at the Hawkins Post, or another of the Post's reporters.
In the end, it appears that Englund's wait for season 4 was worthwhile. Victor Creel, who has been unfairly imprisoned for almost 30 years, is a strange yet lovable guy who is difficult to dislike. With his son being the season 4 villain, there's a significant chance Victor will appear again in season 4 volume 2, or perhaps season 5 if Vecna is also the season 5 villain.