Still, that’s not to suggest we’d want it any other way – Bruce Campbell may be consistent, but he’s consistently awesome. Campbell’s characters are compulsively watchable, thanks mainly to his ability to deliver one-liners with just the right amount of gusto, arrogance, and gravitas. — Filmwad
I came across an article entitled: “Actors Who Have Spent Their Entire Careers Playing the Same Character”, and to my surprise, one of my favorites had made the list: the hotness that is Bruce Campbell. Many of you may not recognize the name right away, but once I fill you in, you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about.
It is understood between my husband and I, that should Bruce Campbell ever come knocking on my door and say, “Let’s go,” I’m gone. So if you’re reading this Bruce, I’ll be glad to send my address and phone number, call me. Anyways, I remember when I was in high school watching the show “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.“. I don’t remember what the heck it was about, cowboys maybe, but I remember Bruce gracing the screen. I had no idea who he was at the time, but I was intrigued.
Later when I was dating my husband, we went to a movie night at Clemson University. They were showing the Evil Dead trilogy. You’d think I’d be grossed out by the gore, but no, there was the adorable Bruce Campbell. We watched all 3 movies, and I was hooked. Bruce played “Ash Williams” (who amazingly enough, has his own Wikipedia page). Poor Ash, the sole survivor of soul-stealing monsters, had to cut his girlfriend up with a chainsaw. How could you not feel for him? The trilogy is great: a campy, somewhat gory (if you consider corn syrup based blood gory), set of films to watch when you have the time. I highly recommend them.
So the multi-talented Mr. Campbell writes a book: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. I had to read it. Even better yet, he was doing a book signing in Savannah, Georgia, mere hours from where I live! I talked my husband into going, and we made it a weekend trip. We hit the Barnes and Noble early, to stand behind tons of nerdy fans. Out comes Bruce, sharpie in hand, ready to sign and answer ridiculous questions. For example: “Mr. Campbell, in Evil Dead II you say, “How about a little hot chocolate?” but instead you drink water, why?” I had to admit, he had a great sense of humor with these people.
As we were standing in line, this employee comes around and asks, “What do you want Mr. Campbell to write in your book?”. I thought for a minute and it came to me: “To my favorite girlfriend, Katie”. Well folks, the rest is history. Bruce chuckled when he read it, he signed it, chatted and posed for several wonderful shots. I seriously considered hanging on his leg for a minute and saying, “Take me with you!”, but my husband was next in line. He just wanted a copy to sell on ebay, which Bruce signed, “Read like the wind”. (The extra copy is still on my bookcase, by the way, if you’d like to make an offer.) I read my copy, and laughed all the way through. If you are looking for a slightly jaded look at Hollywood, pick up a copy!
I guess I can say I can die a happy girl, having seen Bruce face to face. The only thing that could top it is for Mr. Campbell to read this post and comment on it himself. Then truly, my life would be complete.
“Spent his entire career playing the same character”? Maybe. All I know is, I love him, no matter what character he plays. Hats off to you, Bruce. You have my undying devotion.