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The Will Of Crom presents Bruce Campbell and his future from his mouth to your screen!

Hey folks, Harry here... and boy, I just love Bruce Campbell's talks to film goers around the country.... He doesn't pull punches... he doesn't placate... he just is balls-to-the-wall... And when you read what he thought of the Special Editions... if you don't crack up... you pretend to be waaaaay too serious... Here ya go....

I would like to apologize for the lateness of this news but I was alternatly horribly sick and then I apparently passed it off to my computer because it bitched out on me come the weekend, but better late than never.

This past Wednesday, Bruce Campbell came to speak at my college- Virginia Tech- to talk about the current state of Hollywood, plus to embrace his cult following. A funny sidenote, some friends of mine were standing in line to get good seats and they were talking and one of them said "I wonder how they got Bruce to come here" and from behind them a voice proceeds to say "Cause they asked me" and they turn to see Bruce. This would be a pretty good indicator for the evening because he was funny, sarcastic, playful and insightful throughout the whole evening. He covered a broad range of topics, gave some nice insights, talked about his career and gave some hints as to what would be forthcoming from him.

It should be noted many of his most pointed and insightful comments came after friendly heckling from the crowd (which he heckled in return- it was a wonderful give and take). I will throw on quotation marks to his statments to yelled out comments.

They canceled your show!

I hadn't heard. We had a talking parrot. This may be why (someone placed a plastic parrot on the lecturne before he came out with a nametage that said "Hello. Shemping for Jean-Claude".).

He started out asking what people thought of the spate of movies this summer, and what we thought of them? He pointed out some of the following:

Coyote Ugly - from the makers of Flashdance

Gone in 60 Seconds - a remake of a lame-ass Roger Corman movie

Shaft - Remake

Nutty Proffessor II, Flinstones, Blair Witch, and MI: 2 - All sequels (it should be noted he said, "You see one John Woo movie, you've seen them all. Doves. Slow motion. Unlimited bullets in guns." This got a mixed reaction from the crowd).

What about Evil Dead?

"No sequels to that movie!"

He praised The Blair Witch project because it took the movies out of the hands of Hollywood and did it on their own. He also gave an idea of the Hollywood mentality after Blair Witch considering it was the most profitible movie ever (60,000 resulting in 150 million in the US alone merchandising notwithstanding. He said that people looked at it and said:

"How much did they do that for?" "60,000"

"what can we get for 60 grand?"

"Unknowns, non-union and a shakey camera."

"What about for 600,000?"

Inevitably, they'd end up at 60 Million.

He questioned Hollywoods lack of ideas. He compared Frank Darabont's Shawshank to the Green Mile. Period movie pieces written by Stephen King. "That's a stretch." He pointed out what's awaiting for us this Holiday Season. He loved the animated Grinch movie, but questions the live action version.

Jim needs another 20 mil.

"Yeah. 20 million doesn't get what it used to."

102 Dalmations?

"Dear God, make it stop."

Charlies Angels?

"A movie based on a shitty TV show."

He claimed Hollywood is attempting to fool a generation. He asked us for some good movies.

The Sixth Sense - "Didn't Insult my intelligence. Much."

Braveheart - "Good, but could have lost 20 minutes."

Titanic - "3 hours and 17 minutes long. They could have lost 3 hours and 17 minutes from that."

He claimed filming in New Zeland didn't really make him miss much in terms of movies. He believes that the higher the budget, the lower the IQ. The more studios spend the fewer changes they will take. He used Darkman as an exacmple of the "Hollywood Homogonizer Theory". After they made the move (originally, Sam Rami wanted to do "The Shadow" so when he couldn't he thought of a name close to the Shadown and Darkman was born) the movie went to a test screening and a focus group. There was a scene where the main badguy comes out of the shower, dumps a box of gold kruggerands on the bed , got naked and rolls around in it. People saw it and got nervous and it was removed. We will never see it and it was the best scene in the movie. He only saw it because during this time he was kicked out of his house and did sound on the movie. Every bad guy that fell and died, he did the screams.

The key to Hollywood is "Franchise". He refered to a friend of his, Scott Seagle who wrote the script for "The Rookie" with Charlie Sheen and Clint Eastwood. In the first draft, Clint Eastwood got killed. He was told by the producers not to show it to Clint cause he'd like it. As far as they were concerened, you don't kill off Clint and you leave it open for a sequel.

He told us not to cry for Hollywood, they have all the synergy it needs. And they love that word, he used recent Bond movies for an example.

"What does he drive?"

(I decided to be the purist I am and yelled out -Aston Martin DB5. He acknowledged me as a purist but then said, what does he drive now?)

Crowd: BMW

"He comes around a corner, what is he wearing?"

Crowd: Armani tux!

"He gets a call, what phone does he have?"

Crowd: Erickson!

"He checks the time, what watch does he have?"

Crowd: Omega!

"Why the fuck should you know this?!?"

Hollywood if left to it's own devices would market it out and resort to a cookie cutter world. He had a great example where he played "Green Light". He asked for a volunteer and said "I'm going to present you a package- cause in Hollywood it's all about your package (pause for a long laugh here) so, I'll present to you my "package" and you tell me if you'll green light it or not. Ok, we have the editor of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Erin Brokovich", the cinematographer of "Empire of the Sun", the writer and producer of "Jurassic Park" The assistant Director of "The Color Purple" The volunteer says "Yes, greenlighted"

"Congratulations. You just made "Congo".

He then asked if there were any aspiring filmakers in the crowd. Some hands raised.

"You poor bastards" He believes hollywood needs more competition. More Blair Witches. He used an example from his childhood. He used to drive a 1973 Chevy Bel-Air "the single crapiest car ever made." 70's cars in America sucked. Car makers thought, they'll buy what we make. Then the imports started and were more fuel efficient and better designed. American cars are now good but it took the competition to bring about that change.

Hollywood tried this in the 60's and 70's. Movies like "Bonnie and Clyde", "5 Easy Pieces" and directods like Lucas, Coppola and Scorcese tried to change the system. Unfortunatly they created the Blockbuster as a result. "The Godfather", "Star Wars", and the first true blockbuster "Jaws". They succeeded in changing things too well.

So now, with Blair witch as our template, take Titanic's budget; 200 Million. You could have made 800 $200,000 movies or 200 $1,000,000. If less money was used on movies and more chances were taken, better movies would result.

He gave some advice for those wanting to advance in movies:

Writers: Information is being lost from generation to generation. But one thing holds true: "If the script sucks, so will the movie." He used a movie he was in "Assault on Dome 4" as an example. He was appraoched to play the lead, but his lines were basically "Move! Down! Get Em! Run!" and so on. He elected to play the bad guy since it wasn't as poorly written as the hero.

Actors: Practice your craft. Have a work ethic. Memorize lines. You show me an out of work actor, I'll show you a lazy one. "You can read the phone book in front of your mirror in Butt-Lick Indianna, you're an actor". "You can choose to be an Actor or Famous. They are two seperate pursuits".

Directors: "Masturbate in the privacy of your own home" The idea of being a director is to make people copy your ideas. "Don't get hung up on trends." He used "A Simple Plan" as an example. "If you took Sam Rami's name off of that movie, would you have known it was a Same Rami movie?" People think directing is a bunch of cool shots. It's more than that, Sam changed with the material.

Producers:

What do they do?

"Let me put it in perspective. A Producer and Director are in the desert. The Director sees a spring and says 'Isn't that beautiful. It's so peacful. It's glorious. I bet the water is cool. I bet it tastes sweet. I'm going to go get a drink'. The producer says 'wait, let me piss in it first'." He said if you want to act and/or direct? "Be a producer".

Over all he challenged those in attendance to dare to be different and be trendsetters. Learn your craft and look to make a trend, not follow it.

Amusing Story:

On "The Hudsucker Proxy" Jennifer Jason Leigh had like 9 million lines of rapid fire dialogue. And she was like a machine. Never screwed up a line of dialogue. He used her as an example of an actress who knows her craft.

On appearing on "The X-Files": "Fun to come back to a show I used to introduce". He came up to David Duchovney on the set (who has a dry sense of humor that he loves) and said "So....David. You survived?"

Opinions:

On "Special Editions": CHEATING!!! "Fuck George Lucas!"

Evil Dead: Hail To the King Videogame: Official game. "Next best thing to a sequel cause you're not gonna get one"

Actors Strike: Fun to watch commercials this past year go downhill. He can't wait till the actor's strike. Looked at "Survivor". Essentially no writers and no real "actors". We're gonna see a lot more "Survivor" if the strike goes through.

The Ash Action Figure: "Great. Only took them 9 YEARS!"

Bad Movies: "Most Actors will deny they've made shitty movies. I've been in a lot of shitty movies. Pain goes away payday."

Funny Tidbits:

It took 7 years for them to break even on "Evil Dead" (hence the sequles he joked). But it was all worth it in 1998 when "Evil Dead" was the number 3 selling movie of the year. He said there was a small point where they unseated Titanic at one point. Joked about the 22 versions of the movies Anchor Bay has put out (claims Rami gets paid, he doesn't see a dime).

A fan asked what he thought of Duke Nukem 3D which essentially ripped off his best lines. He said, well copying is the sincerest form of flattery, but he checked out the makers website. A lot of people have brought this up on their Message Board and they have been very venemous in denouncing him as "A washed up, out of work, B-movie actor" To which he said "Touchy rip off artists".

What's it like having a cult following? "What makes you think that? Doesn't really affect my life. Except on College Campus'. Why's that?"

"I shoulda killed Rami when I had the chance."

The one day he had off years ago on "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." he went to visit Sam on the set of "The Quick and The Dead". An actor was causing trouble so Sam had Bruce dress up as "The Wedding Shemp" and had him get beaten and abused and made him look like a total fairy. After the shot was over, he came over to Bruce and said "You'll never see that scene". He did it just to shut up the asshole extra.

On Computer Effects: Effects shouldn't be noticed (used feather in beginning of Forrest Gump as a good one). They should be used to help the tell the story instead of being the story (Episode 1).

Future Projects:

Might be in the next Phantasm if the funding gets there. Might appear in "Bubba Hotek" - he'd play a 70 year old Elvis who got bored with fame, traded off with a Elvis Impersonator Lounge Act. The impersonator died and people just assume the real Elvis is a really good impersonator.

Was recently on an episode of "Beggars & Choosers" playing a gay actor. Finished his documentary called "Fanalize" "I'm sticking the camera in YOUR face."

His biography "My Chin Can Hurt People: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor" comes out in spring. He said he might bundle in a DVD with it. Either his documentary, extras from movies (outtakes, stuff that was cut) or both. He hinted at both but no specifics- either way, free DVD with a biography of Bruce will rock no matter what.

Overall he was incredibly witty, had wonderful chemistry with the room and had us eating out of his hands. Gave his honest opinion and enjoyed bantering with people in the crowd. He talked for a good 2 hours and he must have stayed after for a good 2 hours plus to sign autographs and take pictures. He had a friendly word, smile, and handshake for everyone that came through the line. He had no sense of pretense and he never came across "Respect my craft! My art!" He was/is very levelheaded and insightful. If he ever comes near you, see him. You'll have a wonderful evening listening to an articulate and funny guy.

- The Will Of Crom

P.S: Harry, I'm including a picture of Bruce holding up a Ash Figure that someone in attendance brought. It's funny in a surreal way so if you want you can post it.





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  • Nov. 15, 2000, 4:55 a.m. CST

    NO EVIL DEAD BRUCE? I CAN RECOMMEND "HOLLYWOOD SQUARES?"

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    If we ain't gonna get a sequel to EVIL DEAD, then I can give a rat's ass about you and what you think about anything...OVER IT! NEXT...........Bruce sounds like a cocky fucker who NEEDS A MOVIE LIKE EVIL DEAD!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 5:08 a.m. CST

    salute

    by reni

    Don't care what anyone thinks, Bruce is quality. Salute mate.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah jtrenton

    by *veers*

    And you sound like a 13 year old who masturbates too much, but that don't make it so. Nothing worse than a moaning fan-boy making comments cause he likes the sound of his own voice (or the look of his typing).

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 5:32 a.m. CST

    By God, that's the best review of Titanic I've ever read!!!

    by Andy Travis

    You know what I remember most fondly about seeing Titanic in the theater? The popcorn.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 8:25 a.m. CST

    jtrenton

    by Talisker

    You're an idiot. There will be no fourth Evil Dead movie because none of the other three made any money at the box office and so it would be impossible to get adequate funding to shoot another. Campbell has explained this, Raimi has explained this, this common knowledge. So shut the fuck up until you have something useful to say.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Glorious bruce.

    by LSHB

    Not to complain, but I wouldn't be surprised if the folks at Virginia tech video taped this (or at least the audio). Now that would be a fine thing to see, although you might have to pay some royalties. Meh, it's worth it.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 8:53 a.m. CST

    There must be a breakdown in the system somewhere? HA!

    by Cooler-than-Thou

    I love the Evil Dead series just as much as the next film buff but as for Campbell-give me a break. The man's track record on television is horrible as far as commercial success goes. "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." tanked (although I did like that show) & "Jack of All Trades" (the redefinition of garbage)is soon to follow suit. Bruce Campbell needs a hit, plain and simple.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for Mary Jane in the Spider-Man movie!!!

    by JonQuixote

    A red wig and some fake breasts and he'd be perfect. Just look at the way he moves; why doesn't any body see it?? Seriously, I have some new respect for this man after reading that interview, and I did like him before. He's honest, both about the state of Hollywood today and his own occasionally quite shitty filmography. His reviews of John Woo movies and Titanic were dead on, though Titanic isn't all that bad if you fast forward through the first couple hours and hit mute when Leo &/or Kate are on the screen for the rest. Campbell is quite talented, especially at comedy, and he does seem to have a significant rabid film base, so I guess he must have the shittiest agent in the world if he's still reduced to doing a lot of the crap that he complains about (remember, he was in Congo). Too bad, 'cause the man seems like he deserves better.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell...

    by JohnTChance

    The coolest...

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Bruce Rules

    by Mr. Spectacular

    nuff said. OK, I also have to say that he would have ROCKED as Mullder's replacement on X-Files.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for President!.......

    by Smugbug

    that way there would have been NO deadheat!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Like I give a shit what Bruce Campbell thinks about John Woo fil

    by Lance Rock

    I don't suppose he reviewed Xena or Hercules...

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I hate to say it, but Bruce is right. Wish he had more control i

    by IAmLegolas

    He's just telling it like it is, no matter how painful it may be. My knee jerk reaction to the John Woo comment was "Fuck you", but... he's right. Every John Woo movie that comes out, I *sigh* as soon as I see doves/pigeons fly by, and when 2 dressed in black suits, main characters go at it for 20 minutes...been there, done that (this is from someone that's been watching John Wooo movies since 1992). I hope John Woo doesn't become a parody of himself...or a cliche. Anyhow, that would rock to own a Bruce Campbell biography book/DVD bundle. Finally someone that knows what the fanboys WANT and delivers. Damn, go all out and have McFarlane to a bigger 12" version of Ash with it and kick Lucas's ass with his stupid ass Masterpiece Collection. Have you seen the new one with Aurra Sing? Pfft...it will be on Clearance at Borders in a couple of months just like the other 2 (C-3P0 and older Anakin). Well, I think I said enough, everything else I would right would be "fuck yeah, your absolutely right, Bruce"....so I won't WASTE YOUR MOTHAFUCKIN' TIME!!!! - IAmLegolas OUT !!!!!!!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell is by far the coolest guy in acting

    by Warlord92

    & all of his fans are fanitical about the man, cause he's SO FUCKING COOL!!!!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 11:42 a.m. CST

    toolshed....

    by rogerboxlightner

    Maybe it's just my opinion and I know I've said it before, but doggone if he wouldn't be a great Paste Pot Pete.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Wow! Here I Was, All Set To Quote A Made Up List Of Smart Ass Fu

    by Buzz Maverik

    Shit! You have to respect this guy. I've seen his movies and his shows and I've always liked him, but now I understand why all of you clowns out there are always screaming for Bruce Campbell to play every part in every movie. This guy is the coolest! Unfortunately, this is why he's a cult figure and relegated to "B" T.V. and film (which is no slam, since the so-called B stuff more often has more brains and integrity than the big time shit), because he's in an industry ruled by the stupid and unimaginative. Bruce rules! God, my own sincerity is nauseating me!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell doesn't need more acting work

    by Zang-froid

    He needs a regular column. Say Harry, how 'bout it? (and kudos to whomever wrote this one)

  • He rips on films like Titanic, and then goes and makes series like Jack of all Trades!!!!???? Give me a break! NAME ONE, ONE project that he should be truly proud of as far as his acting abilities... and if you mention X-Files, give me a break. The only goo d thing about his acting in X-Files was that it wasn't half as bad as everything else he has done. Why don't we see him trying to direct these movies that take chances... why don't we see him acting in movies that take chances... instead, we see the same old slap stick shit he's been doing his whole "career". You people are so dense at times. Thinking he's some prophet because he says Hollywood makes shitty movies! NO SHIT ! MAN BRUCE, YOU BLEW MY MIND AWAY! What a joke. I just don't get you guys. YOU TRULY NEED A HERO.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 2:45 p.m. CST

    let's see, moto....

    by omarthesnake

    He was the big guest star in a really superb two-parter (which he also wrote)of "Homicide: Life on the Street", the best TV drama of the '90s; he was the star of "Brisco County Jr", a highly entertaining throwback to the days of Wild Wild West (the original series) and Maverick (the original series); "Running Time", an excellent independent film crime drama he was in recently; his appearances on Xena and Hercules were, until those shows ran out of steam, great fun; and ... heck, that X-Files episode of his was good, whatever you say.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Umm...

    by PhilMatthews

    The guy who "wastes his money and time" on bruce-campbell.com is Bruce Campbell himself. If you're gonna bash something, make sure you have all the right info first.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 3:47 p.m. CST

    God Bless Bruce Campbell..

    by Fitzy Funk

    And I'm not even religious! I hate television, but I make a point to catch "Jack of All Trades" just because I enjoy seeing anything the man puts out, although I would like to see him be the main star in a motion picture sometime soon...Anyway, wish I could've been there for this speech, sounds kickass.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 4 p.m. CST

    "THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK!"

    by Judge Mental

    Great article, great interview. Bruce Campbell is such a hip public figure for us filmdorks to have standing a few feet from the status quo spotlight. ---Bruce nailed a lot of Hollywood's bad decision making. That "Greenlight" game was a great depiction of how a turds like "Congo" get made. ----- Let us all pray that Bruce gets to play some more characters as great as ASH, so that he can go down as a legend. Mr. Raimi, it'd be a crime if you don't put him in Spider-Man.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry I missed Bruce

    by Ray

    I live in Virginia not to far away from UVA and didn't even know about Bruce speaking. Oh well maybe next time. Either way Bruce always seems approachable and easy going. I once sent him an email and he responded back within a day. This guy should be a star but I'm not sure why he never made it big. I guess no one ever took him seriously. He would make a great noble Jedi or hardcase hero who comes in though in the end. Hollywood take note and try to balance budget with story and story with actor...Peace.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 5:47 p.m. CST

    the pros and cons of campbell...

    by tommy5tone

    jim carrey gets $20 million a movie and he WISHES he could pull off a comic performance as good as campbell's in 'evil dead 2' - that was fucking brilliant physical comedy in the tradition of chaplin and keaton! he provided the first 'evil dead' with a strong central character to balance all the grotesque shit, and his 'army of darkness' performance was pretty damn cool too ("aw, that was just what we call pillow talk, baby..." dig it!). the thing is, his range isn't great. i'll admit i haven't seen him in everything he's done, but he's at his best when he's taking the piss out of traditional heroics (a la 'brisco county') or going buck wild with the horror-comedy (you guessed it, 'evil dead 2'). BTW, anyone noticed the slight resemblance between campbell and carrey? shouldn't some smart fucker be taking advantage of this? anyway, bruce is a character guy, not a leading man, and calls to give him a sizeable role in 'spider-man' or anything with a big budget are gonna fall on deaf ears. raimi should give him a juicy cameo in 'spider-man' (i'm thinking as a pre-lizard curt conners - the lizard character would be either CGI or layers of heavy latex - or the wrestling promoter who gets spidey into the ring) to keep us salivating geeks happy. re. this article: agreed with a lot of what bruce said, even when it hurt to do so. as much as i love john woo's work, 'm:1-2' WAS like a parody of a woo movie, but i didn't dig bruce dissing 'the green mile', an expert example of good, straightforward hollywood craftsmanship. anyway, bruce seems like a cool, straight-talking kinda guy and this article was a damn good read and i've spent so damn long writing this post that i'm about to get my sorry ass fired. five-tone out.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Hey...

    by cheezus

    Who does this guy think he is, Mr.Cranky?

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Bruce kinda looks like Mel Gibson in that pic...

    by Nine-X

    ...I mean look at it! Dead ringer!

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 11:20 p.m. CST

    ray

    by kojiro

    It wouldn't have mattered, he was at VT not UVA. But damn it makes me wish just for a moment that I had gone to VT. Oh well, at least my place has far more liqour.

  • Nov. 15, 2000, 11:25 p.m. CST

    we guys are crazy

    by littlenemo

    Jim Carrey? Mel Gibson? He looks more like Peter Parker to me. More proof that the depleting ozone layer is effecting our brain cells.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Don't speak

    by Modnar

    It's funny... Half of you wankers shouldn't even be allowed to mention Bruce Campbell or John Woo's names. piss off

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead

    by bogrod

    I, as many, love Bruce and I'm proud to grow up where he (and Sam Raimi) did. I'm also disapointed that there will never be another Evil Dead film. I think that's partly to do with Sam Raimi's career, which will probably skyrocket after Spiderman. I think that the Evil Dead series created it's own genre (horror+comedy) and in the process inspires fans with its inginuity.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 2:31 a.m. CST

    To all those that say Cambell isn't that good.

    by Cruel Shoes

    Us Campbell fans know that he isn't that good an actor, and we know that he's definitely C-list. But if you think either of those two things matter to us, then you will never be a Bruce Campbell fan.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell will always be the best star Hollywood never disc

    by LiquidNitrate

    Beloved by fanboys worldwide; handsome, charming, decent, and down-to-earth for the ladies; rugged, honest, gutsy, and quick-witted for the guys; hard-working, adaptable, and committed to any producers lucky/wise enough to hire him... and yet forever he's been ignored by the studio big-shots and thus locked away from his true inherent potential... sidelined even on his most mainstream nights to "also-ran" C-grade fare like Disney's Sunday Night TV movie remake of Love Bug or Fox's Twister-copycat TORNADO. All the while, genre fans adored him for his voluminous work in action-comedies and horror-comedies that mostly went straight to video.... Women never got to discover this leading man, and too many Monday Night Football fans were drunk past the point of remembering that time they caught Army of Darkness. We'll always love Bruce, and he can rest assured every night that his fans hold a candle yet.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Hey...

    by Pippin's Diamond

    Some of us did discover Bruce. Evil Dead was great. Army of Darkness was great. So were Autolycus and his character in X-Files. And Jack of All Trades would have been completely unwatchable if it hadn't been for him. Long live Bruce Campbell.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 10:43 a.m. CST

    A tinge of bitterness?

    by Private Witt

    Bruce sounded a little bitter...but i guess it comes with the territory when you've been ignored by the studios for so long. He does deserve better roles and movies. The comment about Woo is pretty true when you think about it. I hope Raimi gives him a nice part in Spiderman. If anyone read or seen Spiderman comics...Bruce's grin and smile and craziness in his movies bear a remarkable resemblance to the Green Goblin. But we all know that Bruce will not get the role of Spidey's archnemesis. On another note, Bruce is limited in his roles and abilities...or maybe i'm wrong...could it be that he just hasn't gotten the right roles to showcase his other abilities? The guy just exudes coolness. Hope he lands a good role in a good movie soon.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't you be bitter?

    by tenpercent

    I don't think that Bruce came across as bitter so much as frustrated. This is a man who clearly LOVES the movie business, both for the great art it can produce as well as the corny, drive-in, 'entertainment' that people seem to think is diametrically opposed to art. And he has to watch the movie business get systematically fucked up the arse by the powers that be, and remember, he's on the inside so he knows far worse shit than we do about what goes on. What strikes me about the interview is how perfectly suited he would be to being in the position of someone like Harvey Weinstein at Miramax, able to marry the 'art' and 'entertainment' factions without compromising. But then again, if the Evil Dead films bomb at the box office and shit like MI:2 breaks records, it seems that you can never predict just how stupid the punters are prepared to be in the name of hype. Reminds me of the story of the studio exec who was offered 'Being John Malkovich' and replied "Being John Malkovich? Why the fuck can't we call it 'Being Tom Cruise'?"

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 2:16 p.m. CST

    i wont gush, and i wont rag

    by iaido

    Look, Bruce is great, and his Evil dead 2 and Army of Darkness performance will live in fandom history. Sure, the guy hasnr turned in a huge resume of roles that equal or come close, but he's lucky to at least have a handfull of great performances under his belt. i dont bemoan the guy not getting great roles in good movies- he takes what he gets and NO matter what he'll have his legacy. Hey, its a tough industry, so evertone calling the guy a hack, well think of anyone else who would accept Evil Dead 2, or take a slap from Jennifer Jason Leigh so well.

  • Nov. 16, 2000, 10:55 p.m. CST

    OmarSnake...

    by moto

    hee hee.. yeah sure. all right then:)

  • Nov. 17, 2000, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Moto...

    by omarthesnake

    ...just showin' ya that he's done more than scream and cut off his own hand. :)