BRUCE CAMPBELL
interview by frank putzerelli

FORGET THOSE FOO-FOO PRETTY-BOY HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS. YOU KNOW, THE ONES WITH MILLION-DOLLAR SALARIES AND TEN-CENT ABILITIES. THEY CAN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THIS MAN, BLUE-COLLAR HOLLYWOOD'S HARDEST WORKING HERO. HE'S THE LEGENDARY BRUCE CAMPBELL, AND HE GENEROUSLY ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS OF TASTES LIKE CHICKEN'S FRANK PUTZERELLI. READ ON, MY CHILDREN.

frank: First, I wanted to say how impressed I am with your involvement with your website, and your commitment to your fans. Aren't Hollywood bigwigs supposed to be jerk-offs who scoff at the adoring masses?

Bruce: Well, most of them are. But I come from a line of working stiffs. My grandfather worked for Alcoa Aluminum in Detroit for 42 years, so I hope the BS meter stays pretty low as a result. I think fans deserve the same respect I ask of them since, after all, they pay my stinkin' salary.

f: My condolences on Jack of All Trades. I watched it every time it was on the tube. Any thoughts on the show's demise?

B: Jack was a show where I felt 100% comfortable and could basically do anything I wanted to, so I have no complaints whatsoever. Some folks thought it was too silly, but isn't it all make-believe? Don't we need some lunacy in today's serious-as-hell society? By the by, the chances of it being resurrected somewhere else are non-existent. Old TV shows age like fish.

f: Do dogs have lips?

B: I don't know. I never kissed one.

f: You've worked with great directors like Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers, and quality actors like Tim Robbins and Paul Newman. Who's out there that you'd really like to work with, and why?

B: I don't keep a list. I simply try to make the best out of what comes my way-- I sound like a pro athlete, don't I? I enjoy working with anyone who doesn't have their head up their ass and is willing to work hard. It doesn't necessarily have to be another actor-- it could be a cameraman or a boom operator-- they're all needed to make something work.

f: You occasionally make the convention circuit rounds. Do the fans who introduce themselves as "Zoltan, the Black Mage of Eternal Misery" (or some similar moniker) ever freak you out?

B: I've gotten poetry from fans that would make your hair curl and fall out. I've signed many a body part. Breasts are my personal favorite. I think the trick is to laugh it off. 99.9% percent of the time, they're completely harmless and shy people. It's the .1% I'm worried about; the "If I can't have you, no one can!" crowd. But, I'm happy to report, I have sustained no life-threatening injuries while dealing with fans,.. yet.

f: Your voice has popped up in video games like Pitfall 3-D: Beyond the Jungle, and the soon-to-be-released Evil Dead: Hail to the King. Is this because you're a big fan of CD-ROM games, or because you see that field as a land of growing opportunity?

B: The latter is closer to the truth. As an actor, I want to stay on top of all the new stuff. I don't want to be left behind. These games are here to stay and, as the digital revolution continues to freak out, I want to have my grubby little paws in all of it.

f: I hear you're writing a memoir tentatively titled Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. Will it be more about your personal development as an artist, or the business itself?

B: It's about everything. There's enough personal stuff in there to satisfy those cravings, and there's enough stuff about the filmmaking process to hopefully be a guide for filmmakers of the future. More than anything, it's a behind-the-scenes peek (from my point-of-view) of the forgotten middle class in Hollywood. The book is due Spring of 2001 from St. Martin's Press.

f: What are you listening to, reading or watching these days? What gets you excited?

B: I like music that doesn't cause hearing loss, like Frank and Sammy and Dean-- you know, those crooner guys. I only watch TV for news. I get enough fantasy during the day to choke a horse. I love to hike and backpack-- it's the only place where silence rules supreme. I read almost exclusively non-fiction. I love guys like Dayton Duncan and Bill Bryson. They do the "history/humor" thing really well.

f: Who's that beefy guy on the Army of Darkness posters?

B: He's the figment of an artist's imagination. I hope your intelligent readers understand that it was done in the spirit of the film-- the high art of buffoonery.

f: What's one thing the average Bruce Campbell fan is surprised to learn about you when they actually meet you?

B: Well, several things, actually: One, I'm actually a woman. Two, that I like rum raisin ice cream. And three, that I have more money than Bill Gates.

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