There are many reasons to be excited for the return of the Evil Dead franchise in Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead this fall. We can get excited for the sure-to-be steady stream of one-liners. We can get excited for that intoxicating “splatstick” mix of horror and comedy. And we can get excited for the return of everyone’s favorite boomstick-wielding misfit, Ash.
But there is another, more nefarious reason to get excited — the on-screen punishment inflicted on star Bruce Campbell. But here’s the best part about it: There’s no need to feel bad about delighting in the physical abuse Campbell endures for the sake of his art. After all, his director doesn’t! We spoke to Sam Raimi about the seeming joy he derives from making his lifelong friend suffer while filming, and his feelings on the matter may just be my favorite thing of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, Sam Raimi on beating up Bruce Campbell:
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