Kevin Bacon as Freddy Krueger? Actor addresses 'internet crazy' rumor

Ready to play Six Degrees of Slasher Movies? Horror fans are dreaming of Kevin Bacon as the Elm Street maniac.

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Seven words was all it took. Kevin Bacon responded to a fan's suggestion that he play movie maniac Freddy Krueger onscreen with seven positive words, and fans went as crazy as the Elm Street maniac himself.

On Friday, a fan tweeted that Bacon should take on the iconic horror role, and he surprisingly responded.

Bacon's got a horror-movie pedigree. He was famously filleted in bed in the original "Friday the 13th" movie in 1980, and he's also starred in "Flatliners," the chilling "Stir of Echoes" and the original "Tremors" film, among others.

Fans loved the casting suggestion, and let the world know it.

As for Bacon himself, the actor and his brother Michael appeared on Chicago's WGN-TV on Wednesday, where he addressed the rumor.

"It's internet crazy," Bacon said. "Somebody tweeted it...they said, 'You should play Freddy Krueger,' and I was like, OK.' It's one of those (rumors) that just like takes off."

"I'm not opposed to it though," Bacon added. "I'll do anything."

Until something solid is announced, fans can only dream. But since in the Elm Street universe dreaming means death, that might be an even worse idea than hanging out in the creepy basement boiler room.