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Jackie Earle Haley Enjoys New Challenges

February 18, 2010

Jackie Earle Haley, the 48-year-old former child star being applauded for his gallery of dark characters, is getting a chance to lighten up.

He co-stars in the Fox series Human Target as a mysterious hired hand one step ahead of everyone.

In the 1970s, he starred in hits such as The Bad News Bears and Breaking Away before a lack of more mature roles prompted him to drop out of Hollywood for more than a decade.

But his Oscar-nominated turn as a sex predator in Little Children (2006) and his role in last year's Watchmen brought him back.

He's the new Freddy Krueger in the upcoming reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he's in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, opening Friday. Read More