September 14, 2008

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Bruce Campbell’s Prime-Time Moment (JOE RHODES, 9/14/08, NY Times)

“I’ll have iced tea in a dirty glass,” Mr. Campbell said on a recent Thursday, plopping himself down in a corner booth, looking comfortable in every way, wearing cargo shorts, flip-flops and a loose-fitting Tommy Bahama shirt. That he finds himself on a hit television series at the age of 50 — playing big-lug sidekick to Jeffrey Donovan on “Burn Notice” — is an unexpected windfall for the lantern-jawed Mr. Campbell, best known as a horror-film hero since he starred in his childhood pal Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” trilogy in the early 1980s.

“Burn Notice,” a breezy summer spy romp on the USA Network, is the kind of regular gig Mr. Campbell long ago stopped pursuing, deciding that instead of chasing stardom in Los Angeles he’d rather make his own movies, write a few books and basically not get involved in anything that would interfere with his ability to hang out on his middle-of-nowhere property, a lavender farm outside Ashland, Ore.

“All my neighbors are loggers and ranchers and tough guys,” he said. “One of them has a sign on his property that’s a big picture of a shotgun pointing at you, and it says, ‘We don’t call 911.’ I’m a fairly antisocial hermit type. So I like it up there.”

But he hasn’t been there much lately. Besides working on “Burn Notice” in Miami (where, he claims, he’s prone to “projectile sweating”), he’s been out on the hustings, finishing postproduction and greasing the promotional wheels for his next film, an indie horror-comedy called “My Name Is Bruce,” scheduled to open in October. He directed it and stars as a legendary B-movie actor named Bruce Campbell, who turns out to be a liquored-up jerk who ends up battling a nine-foot-tall sword-wielding Chinese god of war (and of bean curd) to save a small town. It is not a true story.


...you might have thought his primetime moment was as the star of his own network show.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2008 8:21 AM
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