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Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

On his birthday, a tribute to the actor who gave us Ash and Elvis

Hail to the King, baby! June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday so this week's p...

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Above: Hail to the King, baby! June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday so this week's podcast is dedicated to the actor who brought us Ash in films such as "Army of Darkness."

Episode 81: Hail to the King, Bruce Campbell

June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday and to celebrate Cinema Junkie speaks with the actor/writer/director from his trailer in New Zealand where he is shooting "Ash vs Evil Dead" (which returns in the fall). Find out why creative freedom is top on his list when choosing roles.

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Transcript

June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday. That's cause for celebration and I am calling this podcast Hail to the King, Bruce Campbell in his honor.

I encourage everyone to celebrate Bruce Campbell's birthday by watching his movies, reading his books, catching up on the "Ash vs Evil Dead" show. Whatever! Just enjoy the day! And don't forget: "shop smart, shop S-Mart!!!"

Let me begin by saying I love Bruce Campbell. As Ash in the "Evil Dead" films, he kicks ass. In person at panels, he's a riot. And when given the chance, as in "Bubba Ho-Tep," he can deliver a performance that's worthy of an Oscar. No wait, it's better than Oscar-worthy.

Campbell has a devoted cult following of fans, and deservedly so. Not only is he a talented actor but he's a consummate professional who knows how important his fan base is to his career, yet he also knows how to tease and berate them in a manner that only makes them (umm, I mean us) squeal with delight. Playing himself in "They Call me Bruce," he treats his fans with contempt.

But Campbell is beloved to fans mostly because of his work on Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" films. And last year something amazing happened. Campbell and Raimi brought Ash back in a Starz series that kicked deadite ass.

The show was perfection and it has been renewed with season two shooting in New Zealand. My interview with Campbell was between scenes during shooting and a production assistant kept sending me text messages with updates as to when he would be available. Needless to say, he gave me a highly entertaining interview.

"Ash vs Evil Dead" is scheduled to return in the fall (when I recorded the podcast I thought the date was in late September but Starz says that has changed) and Campbell is set to appear at Comic-Con in July.

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