April 05, 2010 at 03:02 PM EDT

Image Credit: James De Leon/PR PhotosJackie Earle Haley is just starting to embrace his inner geek. At San Francisco’s WonderCon over the weekend — where he promoted the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street — he gave an endearing video interview to Collider (watch it after the jump). The highlights:

• It wasn’t until he starred as Rorschach in Watchmen that he discovered comic books. It’s literature. There’s writing in the drawings, you know what I mean, that’s not words,” he said. “The layers in there is just phenomenal. It’s mind-boggling.” It wasn’t until he saw J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek that he knew what it meant to be a geek. “Dude, I had a nerdgasm watching Star Trek. It’s like I really started to get what this whole geeky thing was, man. At the end of that thing, there was such a wonderful reverence to my childhood but yet, these guys completely owned it in today and what they made. It was awesome.” He wanted to get the dolls (to go along with his Watchmen collection).

• Given an opportunity to back track on a statement in which he referred to the makeup process he endured to play the new Freddy Krueger as “a total b—-,” he did not. “The makeup was a total b—-. But that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to be there,” he said. In the end, he found a way to channel the agitation of 3.5 hours in the makeup chair, contact lenses that he couldn’t see out of, and knife fingers and fake fingertips that made it impossible for him to put anything in his pockets into his performance. “All of that was incredibly motivating to hand off to Freddy between action and cut,” he said. “‘Cause it was really kind of otherworldly. Like, who glues s— all to their face and just leaves it there? You don’t do that.” If the movie does well when it opens April 30, he expects to put himself through it again.

• Speaking about his Fox show Human Target — and its ’80s “action movie of the week” popcorn vibe — his face lit up so much that it’ll make you want to tune in if you haven’t. He said the season 1 finale is his favorite episode, and he’s yet to hear about a season 2.

What was the “Aha!” moment that made you realize you were a geek?

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