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By Karl

Bruce Campbell and Karl 

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 there.

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 kicking butt.

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 friends?

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 shifting.

Interviewer: Yeah that was super cool, and I was wondering in season two do you have any other crazy creatures come out?

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?

Bruce: 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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