By Sandee Rager
International Woman of Mystery
You can catch him fight the evil unknown. He can be seen riding and roping in the Wild West. He’s known for his charismatic character way about his bits and pieces in roles. He’s in like Flynn with the Raimi’s and his chin could kill you if it wanted to.
He is none other than the great, the famous, cut above all other chins on this planet, Bruce Campbell,
Being an actor can be tough, yes, and making a living at it can be even tougher.
“I just like the fact that I can make a living as a clown,” he commented. “I like to mess around and get paid. And if we can be the muse of the ills of society, so be it.”
Campbell has become a household name through pure hard work. From an Indy, B-movie actor from Detroit, to a box office smash man in Hollywood. His resume reads some of his viewing greats; The Evil Dead Trilogy, Brisco County Jr., Xena Warrior Princess, Spider Man, The Majestic, The Quick and The Dead, and many, many more.
He works like a fiend on different projects throughout the year. Recently he’s been in the film Bubba Ho-Tep. He plays a geriatric; 70-year-old-man in a rest home that thinks he’s Elvis. He teams up with other home resident, Ossie Davis, who thinks he’s J.F.K. and set out to defeat the evil mummy, Bubba Ho-Tep. Campbell won best actor award for that role at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado on March 1, 2003 and the film has received positive reviews. This summer he will direct and star in the film for Sony and the SCI-FI channel called The Man With the Screaming Brain. Much like the Steve Martin movie, The Man With Two Brains, Campbell plays an everyday guy who is an uptown banker given part of the brain of a Latino street hustler. The two personalities become reluctant partners in one body that team up to find the woman who killed both of them.
His work and art and support of that of others spans across the US. He keeps active as much as he can in Detroit, Michigan involved in the Detroit Film Coalition.
“I like to support independent films,” Campbell said. “And especially Detroiters. I became loosely affiliated by way of their advisory board through some members I have known for a while. It’s been a good way to stay in touch with that local scene.”
What would it be like if J.F.K. survived? Timequest is a film that addresses that question and puts it out in the open. Campbell plays William Roberts, a famous filmmaker who has found proof of a mysterious conspiracy the Kennedy’s were involved with.
As well as flexing his talent as an actor, he is putting himself on the other side of the camera. Campbell and his wife have teamed up to do a feature length documentary called A Community Speaks, about a modern-day look at land stewardship issues in southern Oregon. It should be out sometime in 2003.
No matter where Campbell is living or where projects take him, he’ll always have roots in Detroit, Michigan. He set his base there as an actor and became close with legendary filmmakers Sam and Ivan Raimi. This can all be read and experienced in a book Campbell wrote about his life from birth until present-day and the career that carried him up, up and away in If Chins Could Kill: Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor.
Does he ever need to sleep or take a break? Apparently not. On top of everything else he’s doing, Campbell is writing another book This one is about relationships — calm and light-hearted look at it all called Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.
Campbell is married and has children and in the entertainment industry with hectic schedules, constant travel and different demands from people, it can be extremely challenging to keep a healthy balance between work and personal life. Maybe hard for some to keep in perspective, but Campbell keeps that one day at a time attitude.
“That’s day-to-day as an actor,” he said. “My wife and kids and I tend to cherish the moments we’re home at the same time because we know that there will be plenty of days when we’re all going in different directions.
As an actor, he doesn’t keep score of what he’s done in the past. He’s as humble as he is handsome. He doesn’t deny anything from his past because there was always a good reason at that time to get involved.
Business doesn’t stop at the book or the film. Eden Studios have created the ultimate role-playing game for all Evil Dead fans. The Army of Darkness game is due out in October 2003. People can pre-order it at any time before then at www.edenstudios.net/aofdrpg/news.html.
As big and diverse as Campbell gets he lives by one simple philosophy, “Don’t be an asshole.”
To catch and keep up with everything Campbell is doing while he’s catching his breath for a moment, visit www.bruce-campbell.com.