Pro Files: Bruce Campbell

by Josh Hudson

 

Nth Degree was recently given the privilege of interviewing actor Bruce Campbell via email. We were allowed ten questions with the proviso that the questions could not be answered by simply reading Bruce’s official website (http://www.bruce-campbell.com). After the entire staff brainstormed (we’re all big fans) we came up with the following ten…

ND: Your film career really got started in 1978. During the release of Within the Woods, Halloween came out (one of your choices for top ten horror movies)—what goes through a newly starting horror filmmaker’s mind going against such a classic?

BC: Uh, FYI, there was no release of Within the Woods—that was a Super-8 film used to raise money for Evil Dead. Better check your facts.

ND: You call yourself a “B” movie actor. The image invokes former presidents with monkeys and ensuing hi-jinx. Do you feel that you are really a “B” movie actor when that title should really go to people who are part of the “straight-to-video” actors?

BC: I use that term lovingly. “B” movies mean independent. They always try harder and have the capacity of being more interesting. “B” movies aren’t always bad, just like “A” movies aren’t always good.

ND: At what point in your career did you feel comfortable enough to consider yourself a success? And what do you feel are your most successful moments in your career? Is there a moment when you look at an audience with the statue and cry, “You love me. You really love me?”

BC: I don’t have any defining moment, but I consider it a success when you can do what you’d like and live where you want, and that’s exactly what I do.

ND: Do you seek out sci-fi/horror projects or, because of the Evil Dead series, is that mostly what has been offered to you? Are your interests in the sci-fi genre?

BC: Well, I just did another film for Disney (Sky High—that makes three for them). I’ve done a western series, a swashbuckling series, a superhero series, etc., so I don’t feel any stereotype. I do, however, have to make a living…

ND: Your best known characters are sarcastic, edgy, and reluctant heroes. Is that casting because it is organically you, or are they characters you wish to be more like?

BC: Both. There is always a little bit of the actor in any role, and there are certain roles I’m attracted to—anything but middle-of-the-road BS.

ND: When you are in a long running series like Xena, usually there is an actor or two who finds outrageous fortune and success. They go on and you never see them with their long-time workmates. However, you, Sam Rami, and Rob Tapert seem to do the opposite and keep gathering more people into your “posse.” Why is it that you find yourself working with the same close network of professionals while others seem to let their long time friends fall away?

BC: We enjoy working with each other, it’s easier, and we know what to expect. Not sure why other folks go separate ways, but we all like the fact that we’re from Michigan, and we all got into a very difficult industry.

ND: When you set out to make a film like Bubba Ho-Tep, which doesn’t make the big box office hoopla, how do you measure its success? And how hard is it to have such a non-traditional movie produced?

BC: It’s very hard. But lest we forget, based on the budget of Bubba, it made its money back just from the theatrical run, which you say wasn’t successful. How many big ass movies can say that? It’s all relative to budget. Bubba will be in profit from the first DVD sold.

ND: You had a short but memorable role in Escape From LA with Kurt Russell. It has been said that his injuries during the filming of Soldier made him lose interest in action films. Some of us agree that you would be a great replacement for a Snake Plissken style character to fill this void. Would you ever consider being an action hero?

BC: ZZZZZ. I prefer just being an actor. Everything else is baloney. And I just worked with Kurt again and he hasn’t lost interest in anything.

ND: Could you name three things in your career that you wish you could go back and change (e.g. a role you turned down, an actress you could have dated that turned out to be an uber famous femme fatale)?

BC: Nothing, nothing and nothing. I may work in the land of fantasy, but I live in reality.

ND: Finally, I had to choose between my question and one that I thought I should have asked about your upcoming movie Man with the Screaming Brain. You can send me anything you want about your movie and I will write endlessly about it, but I have to ask my last question—You have been childhood friends with Sam Rami?

BC: Sam is a good friend because we not only shared interests, but we both have a sense of humor about life and biz.

 

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