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Interview with Bruce Campbell of "Ash
Vs. Evil Dead" on Starz 7/22/16
I was one of the people here interviewing Bruce Campbell
at SDCC. I'm on the left in the picture, dressed as
"Weird Al." Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Interviewer: So season two, is
there more pressure on you?
Bruce: Yes, because there are
expectations. If we get through season two alive, we’re
good. I have a bold prediction. This is the season that it
sticks. You’ve put a show out on the air, and it takes a
long time to get around the world. They’re selling this
around the whole world… takes a long time to get there.
Season two comes out and you go, “Oh, I think I’ve heard of
that show” and then they check it out. The more you see it,
the more it becomes real in your head. Like, if Starz were
to give us a season three, now people would go “Oh, this is
a real show? Oh, well... I’ll start watching it then.” That
it’s worth investing your time in, you go “Well, I don’t
know how long this show is going to last, so why should I
watch it?” Plus you know, people have a list of what they
are bingeing, and you have to allow for them to get to your
show. We might be in a queue of three, four, five other
shows. They’ll get to us, but not right now. So all these
networks need to learn how to check the ratings No one’s
sitting there live on a Tuesday at eight-o-clock anymore,
nobody, and half of you bozos don’t even have cable, you’re
all untethered. So Starz put out the app recently. 8.99
whatever the hell it is a month that they get out of you,
you can get it all. So they’re getting with the program. The
trick is they gotta stay up with the speed of you people. To
stay current with how they… cause you… look, I want what I
want on my device and I want it now. And I want it on this
device and I want it on that device, I want to be able to
put it on my tv. So, they’re not there yet but they’re
getting pretty close.
Interviewer: With season two, you
have Lee Majors as your father.
Bruce: Game over, write the check!
Interviewer: What was it like getting
him cast and then working with him?
Bruce: Well you never know, it’s
always the danger of what’s the guy like as a real human.
Lee’s great. He was on three television shows that each went
over 100 episodes. Big Valley, which is, you know 100 years
ago. That was his western show that put him on the map. Then
obviously his classic Six Million Dollar Man, and The Fall
Guy. What you get is a guy who’s spent a long time on a film
set. He doesn’t crap around, he knows exactly what every
camera does, he knows technically what is happening so none
of it is a mystery to him. He never leaves the set, he wants
to rehearse his lines, he memorizes his lines. Modern actors
can honestly get a little lazy. They run back to their
trailer, put the earbuds in, they’re doing whatever they do.
Lee just goes and sits in a chair in the corner of the set.
He never leaves, we’re like “Lee, can we get you anything”
“nah, I’m good” Cause that’s just how he grew up, he grew up
on a set. The first two shows he worked on, he lived on the
lot, he had an apartment on the backlot. He worked so many
horrible hours. You’d just stagger up to your apartment and
collapse, wake up the next morning and come down and work
all day, I mean, those were different times. So, this guy’s
put in his time, and I have a lot of respect for that. He’s
still sharp as a tack and in the show he’s really funny.
Interviewer: Can you tell us the
direct aftermath of last season’s decision?
Bruce: Ash is living the dream in
Jacksonville, Florida. What could possibly go wrong? That’s
how we find him, living the good life.
Interviewer: I feel like that last
scene in the last episode was just so Ash.
Bruce: Making a deal! Gas money, and
$10,000 in cash He’s a guy who loves life, and he got the
gas money. See, he’s no idiot. But look, Ash is a flawed
human and that’s the beauty of it. He’s a very flawed hero.
I don’t like heroes who are perfect. That’s snoresville man.
I’ve turned down hero parts because the bad guy was so much
better. I’ve told the producers, I’ll play the bad guy. I
don’t want to play the good guy because the good guy’s got
shitty lines. The good guy’s got lines like this: “come on,
let’s go. Get down, now!” that doesn’t cut it for me. The
bad guy had all these flowery speeches, I’m like, let me do
that. So they did. And I got to watch Robert Culp’s son, Joe
Culp struggle with his shitty dialogue through the whole
movie, and I’m like “oh you poor fucker”
Interviewer: So I really like the
aspect that even though this show is blood and guts and
comedy, but you’ve got and older guy as the super hero and
it’s against type...
Bruce: Oh, Ash drinks and smokes angel
dust this season, I mean, he’s drinking Shemps beer while
he’s driving. He’s got a pile of crushed cans in the back
Interviewer: I love the fact that you
have that, you have a badass kid that’s smarter than most of
the guys in the show...
Bruce: Yeah, it’s a screwed up family.
Interviewer: It’s awesome to see, I
don’t want to call them role models…
Bruce: Well they’re role models for
real people. They’re not role models for some kid, little
Billy who’s actually hoping to look up to someone. I’m
really hoping they’ll see the humor in it, and no kid will
ever really try to be like Ash. God forbid they’ll be
walking around in their junior high school “where can I get
some angel dust man? Ash smokes it, come on let’s go!”
Interviewer: I like that fact that
you are showing that you are the silver fox baby, and you’re
Bruce: Yeah, get over it. Well what it is is Ash is the
Vietnam veteran now. He’s the guy at the end of the bar
going: “that’s not gonna work” “how do you know?” “I know”.
And here’s the truth of it. I remember John Wayne only as an
old guy. What he would do, is when he knew he was an old
guy, he started putting like Glen Campbell in. He always had
a singer. He’s put a young singer in his movie cause (John
Wayne voice) “that’s for the young people, they will like
Glen Campbell, he’s a good singer”. This is the case. Ash is
surrounding himself with young attractive people. And I have
a very good stuntman, Raicho Vasilev, he’s Bulgarian and I
worked with him in Man With The Screaming Brain in Bulgaria,
that’s how I met him. He’s since then, on his own went to
New Zealand and worked on Spartacus, so I reunited with him
on this and he’s a great stunt double. He’s the busiest
stuntman in show business.
Interviewer: What are the interactions like with his
Bruce: Well it’s great to see Chet again, cause Chet and I
were old buddies. Chet is a very questionable character of
his own. He makes drinks laced with Ketamine. So yeah, this
is not a healthy situation. This is like West Virginia,
kinda like the meth capitol, and his relationship with his
father is terrible. He hasn’t seen his father in 30 years.
His father thinks he is a serial killer. A Maniac. Like the
whole town is, they gave him a knickname Ashy Slashy, so
when he comes back to help the town, they don’t really want
it. So he’s got to fight the evil dead and his town.
Interviewer: The monsters in season one were really
impressive. The one that phased in and out was one of the
coolest designs that I’ve seen anywhere.
Bruce: They fucked with him visually too, like he was
Interviewer: Yeah that was super cool, and I was wondering
in season two do you have any other crazy creatures come
Bruce: We have the same team that made them from season one,
and all these guys love to compete with themselves. We have
what we call skin puppets, they’re a fight with a colon… an
extended fight with a colon. That’s a water cooler scene no
question about it. I could go on. There’s also a new main
baddy who is a nasty fucker, but we’re going to take him
down. If we can!
Interviewer: If you could thank Ash in real life for all the
joy he’s given you, what would you say?
What would I say to Ash? Thanks for nothing, bum. No,
I’m grateful, that character got me into the business, and
I’ll probably play him until I get out of the business.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Season 2 Premiers
Sunday October 2 on Starz
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