about any horror movie fan worth their salt knows the name Bruce Campbell
well. Aside from being the star of the EVIL DEAD movies and
ARMY OF DARKNESS, the man has solidified his position as a fan-favorite
actor. Over the years he has starred in a wide variety of films and
television shows. Many remember him as the charming but troublesome
thief Autolycus on HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS and XENA:
WARRIOR PRINCESS. He also tends to pop up in several projects from
the Coen brothers and director Sam Raimi, even if just for a cameo. A
few years ago he wowed audiences once again playing an elderly version of
Elvis in BUBBA HO-TEP, which like many of this man's films has become a
cult classic. Bruce may just be the most likable and most recognized
B-movie actor working today. This September sees the release of MAN
WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN on the Sci-Fi Channel, a film that Campbell both
directed and stars in. The advance word is it's going to be total
greatness. I had a chance to sit down and talk with "The King" during his
recent MAKE LOVE THE BRUCE CAMPBELL WAY book signing in Dallas.
Tell me about the new book. What can people expect to see in it?
They can expect to see a lot of graphics in the book, and it'll take 'em about
an hour to read. I think a sixth grader could put up with this book.
So hopefully that won't be intimidating when they open it up.
How do you enjoy the experience of writing books? After doing your first
one and now doing this one, is it something you want to see yourself doing a
lot more of?
I'm happy to do it, but economics tend to determine creative decisions.
So we'll have to see how this one does. You know this is the first
novel. The first book was written out of being pissed off basically,
that no one covered the other side of the tracks. No one covered the
rest of the people in the film business, so I thought I'd write about that.
And then this book came out of the fact that the first book did surprisingly
well for the publisher. And they were like "What else ya got?" So
we had to come up with an idea. We'll see what happens. I
enjoyed the process very much. The two books are very different.
Because with the first book, I could look at a business journal and figure out
what I did September 12, 1983. But this one of course had to come out of
my head. So this was a little more difficult, but also pretty
liberating, cause I wasn't restricted by anything, other than the fact that
the prime directive was to make fun of Hollywood.
Do you see yourself writing more books like this in the future?
I see myself doing that, but the publisher has to see me doing that first.
I'm a realist in that respect. I have plenty of ideas.
MARK: How has the
initial response been so far?
Good, we're in our third week on the New York Times bestseller list.
And we got on earlier I think than the first book, so indications would be
So what can you tell me about MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN?
It's 88 minutes of raw dynamite.
It's the story of greed, betrayal and revenge set in Bulgaria. It's a
pharmaceutical executive who goes to take advantage of the crumbling Bulgarian
infrastructure, like they do. Large companies do that for
diversification and tax breaks. And he inadvertently gets half of the
brain of a former KGB operative. So the capitalists and the communists
have to reconcile their differences to find the evil gypsy woman that killed
them both. So go figure.
Do the origins of that start with the Dark Horse comic, or did it start the
other way around?
No, the Dark Horse comic was adapted from the screenplay. Which made it
very easy to do the comic, we just had to smash it into the four-issue
You've done a little bit of writing in comic books as well. Is that
something you enjoy doing, and do you see yourself doing more of that?
Well there you go with the "see yourself" thing again. I see myself
doing a lot of things. Comics are good. It's a brand new
experience, wholesome different parts of your brain. Comics are very
difficult, because you have to match 22 pages, X amount of panels per page, X
amount of dialogue, so I found it very difficult actually. I wrote
THE HIRE, that's part of their series for BMW, which was cool. So
yeah, I hope to do more. It was nice to write a comic where I drag a BMW
into Detroit, my hometown, which doesn't like BMWs, and have fun with it
If given the opportunity would you like to handle some of the big iconic
Don't like superheroes. They bore the crap out of me. I'd rather
do a story about a garage mechanic. Cause I can't relate to a guy who is
from planet Mush-Mush and is affected by Kryptonite. Or a guy who
dresses up as a bat, that just doesn't make any sense to me. So I'm much
more interested in the average joe. I'd like to do a comic series about
an average person who is thrust into extreme circumstances. I'd be much
more interested in that.
I'm not gonna ask you about the same old thing, which is are you going to do
another EVIL DEAD sequel...
You can ask, you're just going to get the same answer.
Right. I would rather ask you if you and Sam Raimi, have you guys talked
about doing maybe a different type of film together? Maybe a different
kind of project?
He's kind of on the A-train right now. We'll see where Sam goes.
But he's so involved with the SPIDER-MAN films. Those are such huge
movies. He's not doing anything for two more years. Cause you gotta follow it through, you gotta travel the world promoting it. You
know we have a great relationship, and we enjoy working together, so I hope
that something will come of it. But we both kind of get busy.
We're going to see you soon in SKY HIGH right?
Yeah, SKY HIGH I think is July 29th, and then THE WOODS is
sometime I think in the fall, the early fall.
And let's not forget your voice in the new EVIL DEAD
Do you have any involvement with the EVIL DEAD remake that's coming
We're gonna be involved in it. I won't be in it, Sam won't direct it.
You know it will probably be starring Ashton Kutcher or something. I'm
happy to let some other poor slob get covered with blood. But I don't
even know that there's going to be a character named Ash.
Oh is that right?
You can just have a movie called EVIL DEAD about evil dead things, but
it doesn't have to be that story. So that's probably a year or so away.
So people can check out more about you on brucecampbell.com?
If you don't put the hyphen in you get a Dodge dealership in Michigan.
Is that right?
Yeah, so you better put the hyphen in.
Bruce hyphen Campbell dot com.
That's the address.
Thanks Bruce, I really appreciate it.
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