Auckland, New Zealand — Before Bruce Campbell headed to the South Pacific last month to start filming “Ash vs Evil Dead” with high school pal and Hollywood director Sam Raimi, he dropped by Canada to shoot “Fargo” — yet another gig that can be traced back to Campbell’s teenage years.
Campbell, 56, is playing pre-POTUS Ronald Reagan in season two of the FX anthology series.
“Another one of our high school buddies, John Cameron, is producing that,” Campbell said about “Fargo,” whose freshman season netted both an Emmy and Golden Globe last year for best miniseries. “All our buddies are getting highfalutin.”
Campbell talked briefly about his upcoming turn as the Gipper during a break in filming earlier this month on the New Zealand set of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” a new Starz series that will bring “The Evil Dead” franchise to the small screen. (Much more on that later.)
The author of the 2001 bestseller If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor got his start playing the dim-but-dashing lead in the early ’80s horror film written and directed by Raimi. Both of them graduated from suburban Detroit’s Groves High School. So did Cameron. The “Fargo” producer was a so-called “fake Shemp” stand-in for one of the actors in the low-budget flick whose credits include Joel Coen as assistant editor. Joel and brother Ethan would go on to make the “Fargo” film that inspired the FX series by the same name.
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