‘Evil Dead’ RISING
Bruce Campbell has 114 acting credits plus dozens of producer, director and writer credits. Despite his vast and varied film and TV work, Campbell’s starring role as Ashley J. “Ash” Williams in horror master Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” film trilogy dominates the many Comic Con appearances he makes throughout the country.
“They’ve been relentless,” the actor said of his “Evil Dead” fans.
In addition to Campbell’s Saturday and Sunday appearances at New Orleans Comic Con this weekend, dozens of horror, sci-fi and fantasy stars are appearing at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Celebrity guests include Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, from “The Vampire Diaries”; “The Walking Dead” cast members Norman Reedus, Michael Cudlitz, Scott Wilson and Sarah Wayne Callies; Michael Rooker, from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead”; and Evan Peters, from “American Horror Story” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Campbell’s latest New Orleans Comic Con appearance follows the November announcement that he’s reprising his “Evil Dead” role as Ash in an upcoming Starz cable series. Production for the 10-episode “Ash vs. Evil Dead” begins in New Zealand in the spring.
“You’ve got to listen to your fan base,” Campbell said recently during a telephone interview. “That’s part of the reason why we’re doing it, to give people what they want.”
The creative freedom allowed by premium cable is another reason for Campbell’s extended “Evil Dead” return.
“We don’t have the restrictions of generic cable or broadcast,” he said. “We can give it to the fans how they want it.”
The “Evil Dead” series also will give Ash — previously seen in 1981’s “The Evil Dead,” 1987’s “Evil Dead II” and 1992’s “Army of Darkness” — room to grow.
“That’s the beauty of it,” Campbell said. “You can take this character, who’s only really been in three movies, and go crazy with him. And returning to Ash as a crabby middle-aged man, that appeals to me.”
“Evil Dead” creator Raimi will direct the first “Ash vs. Evil Dead” episode. “That will set the tone for the rest of the season,” Campbell said.
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