Earlier this month, we got the chance to talk to Ted Raimi. You may be more familiar his older brother Sam, director of such blockbusters as Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3, which altogether grossed more than $1 billion at the box office. Ted’s career has often aligned with Sam’s projects: He has played bit parts in cult classics like Crimewave, and portrayed the evil deadite Henrietta in Evil Dead 2, and fell into a number of hacker roles in the 1990s before playing the nebbish warrior wannabe Joxer in Xena: Warrior Princess.
As if that weren’t enough to hit us right in our cult movie-loving gut, Ted, like the rest of the Raimi brothers, is also a native Detroiter. He lives in the Los Angeles area, but is still a Tigers fan who misses “the dynamism of Detroit.” He jokes, “You have to be a glass-is-half-full guy in Detroit. Detroiters don’t really know glass-is-half-empty guys, that is because those guys died a long time ago, either by depression or they actually got killed. But you have to be a glass is half full guy, you have to be positive and seek positivity. There is no other way to survive, and I think that mentality translates well into acting.”
In a few weeks, he also will appear in season two of the popular Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead, which he’s eager to promote. But we thought it was neat that he asked his publicist to pitch us that story specifically. Ted tells us he grew up reading Metro Times, and says, “I always hoped that one day I would get into the Metro Times.”
We’re delighted to oblige.
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