On the scene with Bruce Campbell

Brucecampbell_l"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the stage Mr. Bruce motherf—ing Campbell!" On Oct. 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the beloved B-movie star hosted the premiere of My Name Is Bruce, the new camp horror film he directed, starred in, and exec-produced. (He also built the entire set on his 107-acre property in Oregon.) The event—three 180-seat screenings, which each sold out in minutes—kicked off a 22-city promo tour, with Campbell driving across the country in his 2003 Lincoln Aviator to personally introduce his latest self-proclaimed "stupid movie" in each city of its limited release (for tour dates, go to bruce-campbell.com).

During a rip-roaring audience Q&A following the screening, the 50-year-old showman breezily dispensed with the obligatory Evil Dead questions. There might one day be an Evil Dead IV, but not until Sam Raimi completes Spider-Man 4: "So I’ll be, like, 95 when he’s ready to go." As for talk of remaking the original Evil Dead, Campbell can’t imagine there’d be much of a role for him. "What, am I going to play the old guy at the bait store?" he asked. "’You guys be careful, that place is haunted!’ ‘Aw, shut up, old man and pump our gas!’ ‘Enh, I warned ‘em!’"

If the crowd of film geeks chortled throughout Campbell’s movie, they were rolling during his live wisecracking. At one point he encouraged the crowd to shout out which of his movies they most hated. "Man With a Screaming Brain!" hollered one fan. "Army of Darkness!" shouted another. "Spider-Man 2!" suggested more than a few people. "All right, you think you’re all so smart?" said Campbell. Then he challenged them to play studio exec as he pitched one of his past projects. "I’m Frank Marshall," he began. "I’ve produced all of Steven Spielberg’s movies. Interested? Okay, I’ve got a book written by Michael Crichton. I’m going to get John Patrick Shanley, the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonstruck, to adapt it. It’ll be shot by Allen Daviau, who did E.T. Will you make this movie? Well, congratulations! You just made Congo."

So, PopWatchers, which Campbell movie do you hate the most? (Would you nominate Army of Darkness, or is that a blasphemous suggestion?) And if you ran Sam Raimi’s life, what movie would you have him shoot next: Spider-Man 4 or Evil Dead IV?

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  • Rich

    The worst Bruce Campbell movie? That’s like asking which of your children you love the least. Army of Darkness doesn’t exactly fit in the Evil Dead canon, but it’s completely redeemed by the last five minutes, which is the best scene in any of the Evil Dead films.
    To paraphrase a line from Airheads: “In a fight between Bruce Campbell and God, who would win? Trick question: Bruce Campbell IS God.”

  • J

    “Well, congratulations! You just made Congo.”
    I would punch someone in the face for this man.

  • Auriana

    Army of Darkness is probably one of my favorite movies ever. If I had to pick my least favorite I’d have to go with Bubbahotep. And please…Evil Dead 4 over Spiderman 4!

  • labgrrl

    please please PLEASE do not forget the awesomeness that is The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. oh, something i did NOT like… is there a box for N/A???

  • Crosspatch

    I was at a signing several years back for “If Chins Could Kill” and someone asked Bruce “Why was ‘Jack of All Trades’ cancelled?”
    Bruce’s reply: “Because it *sucked*!”
    Who am I to disagree?

  • Emoney

    I love Army of Darkness. What’s to hate? There is not one thing I’ve ever seen Bruce in that I didn’t like. Not one thing.

  • mj

    yeah, i’d have to say bubbahotep was pretty bad…
    TOTALLY Evil Dead 4 before spiderman! are you kidding me?? no comparison!!

  • Bertie

    I love Bruce Campbell!! “Boomstick”!!! He cracks me up :)

  • Anne

    I loved Army of Darkness. It was hysterically funny.

  • Jill

    We just saw “Maniac Cop” for the first time and it was perfectly awful. We loved it! But my absolute favorite Bruce is him as Brisco County, Jr. Second is his role of Sam on Burn Notice. BTW, how could someone say Spiderman 2? Bruce was in it for less than 5 minutes!

  • Kristy Carmack

    I will watch ANYTHING that Bruce Campbell is in, for the simple fact that Bruce Campbell is in it. (This includes ‘Ladykillers’. He didn’t even speak in that movie!)

  • Kevin T.

    McHale’s Navy. Bruce – did you really need the paycheck THAT bad?

  • Slim

    Worst movie = Sky High

  • Jo

    I was at a Bruce booksigning a few years back, and he did the same thing, although he argued with some of the audience complaints. One film he justified by saying that’s how he met his wife. McHale’s Navy he explained as hilarious if they hadn’t cut so much of the adlibbed dialog. Ah, Bruce — how we love ye.

  • C


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