His Name Is Bruce26 Nov, 2007 By: Billy Gil
Bruce Campbell (third from left) stars in, directed and co-wrote My Name Is Bruce, in which Campbell, playing himself, is abducted to help fight a real monster.
Few are on the fence about Bruce Campbell. Mention of the actor tends to elicit one of two reactions: a head-scratching, puzzled look or pure adulation.
As Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Home Entertainment prepare to release the three-disc The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition Dec. 18 (DVD $34.97), we were able to catch up with the cultish actor, who recently has added director to his resume with such fare as Man With the Screaming Brain (re-releasing from Starz/Anchor Bay Dec. 18 at $9.98).
Campbell: The DVD is going to wait until we can do a proper theatrical release first. We are madly racing to finish up the film. Look for the film in the first half of '08 — 100% guaranteed.
It's basically a Bob Hope movie with carnage and mayhem — the story of a ‘B'-movie actor named Bruce Campbell who gets kidnapped by a small Oregon town to help them with their monster problem, which turns out to be a really bad idea because the “real” Bruce Campbell is a loser and a jerk and couldn't kill a monster if his life depended on it. It's the journey of how a movie hero learns to suck it up and be a hero in real life.
Campbell: Honestly, I didn't even know they were being re-packaged. I don't control the rights to those movies, so I have little say over what they do (or don't) with those films.
Campbell: While crude, Evil Dead is a really cool and stylish horror flick with classical, timeless elements. The funny thing is — it's tame by today's standards.
Campbell: The first Evil Dead is a melodrama, but because it has such absurd stuff happening, folks laugh while they're being grossed out. Evil Dead II is when we got more into “splatstick,” intentionally adding comedy to horror.
Campbell: I think you're better off just strapping yourself in and going for a ride.
Campbell: Sorry, I don't really know anything at the moment.
Campbell: I never plan that. We'll have to see where Mr. Raimi goes next.
Campbell: There will be great stuff on My Name Is Bruce, but I'll give you the dirt on that when we know a release date.
Campbell: I don't play too loose with that pride stuff. That comes before a fall, as the old saying goes. I'm grateful to have made a good living doing what I love for a good while now.
Campbell: That's a bit of a silly question. Since I'm not involved, how would I know any more details? I do wish the film — and Paul G. and [director] Don Coscarelli — well.
Best of Campbell
In addition to his cameos, Bruce Campbell has a wealth of work on DVD. Take a look: