Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hail to the chin! - Buzz - The Maine Edge

A conversation with B-movie icon Bruce Campbell

Forty years ago, Bruce Campbell found himself driving a cab after dropping out of college. At the same time, an old high school buddy from Michigan named Sam Raimi, with whom Campbell used to shoot fun Super 8 movies, was looking to make a horror film. The duo collaborated on a 32-minute low-budget short called “Within The Woods” which served as a prototype for the enormously successful “Evil Dead” franchise launched in 1981.

Campbell’s varied career includes roles in Raimi’s mega-grossing “Spider Man” movies, the indie film “Bubba Ho Tep” (Campbell portrayed Elvis Presley), “Fargo” (both the 1996 film and the 2014 TV series where he plays Ronald Reagan) and a seven-year stint on USA’s ‘Burn Notice.’

Campbell’s resume is as impressive as his chiseled chin, a tongue-in-cheek reference to which is the title of his first book in 15 years: “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor” (Thomas Dunne Books).

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