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    Bruce Campbell is the worst actor on the planet. He's not a very good writer, either, but what he lacks in these areas he makes up with charm and wit and good looks (Don't we all wish we looked like Bruce Campbell).

    His advice ain't bad either. His advice to Tom Cruise: "Shut up and act." Ah, Bruce, I love the way you tell them how it should be.

    I guess there really isn't a point for this thread. I thought I'd announce that he's going to be in Lexington next month for a book signing and the screening of his new movie (that he wrote and stars in) The Man with the Screaming Brain. I'll be there to meet Bruce, get my book signed, see his movie, and be a complete fanboy.

    Here's the "Shut up and act" interview with Bruce Campbell:

    There are some people who don't know who Bruce Campbell is, and there are others who will wait hours in line just to get next to him. The 47-year-old actor's uproarious roles in horror films like "Bubba Ho-Tep" and the essential "Evil Dead" franchise have earned him a dedicated cult following.

    His new, side-splitting exercise in hard-boiled Hollyweird, "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way," shows just what kind of chaos can emerge when the straight-shooting icon known mostly by his "Evil Dead" alter ego (the actor-author feels compelled to sign his book jacket "Bruce 'Don't Call Me Ash' Campbell") enters the ranks of the Hollywood elite.
    http://www.salon.com/books/int/2005/.../index_np.html

    You'll have to watch an ad in order to read the rest of the article.


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    Hmm.
    Weird.
    I just went internet searching for a script to Army of Darkness and just found something incredibly... weird.

    Are there multiple versions of this movie?
    The scripts that I've found end up with Ash in the... future?
    Huh?

    The movie I've seen ends with him back at the S-Mart telling his story to some kid working there. The line goes, "So. There I was. They would have made me their king. But... NO... My place was.... Here." And that's when you see that after all his heroic activity in the past he's back at his dead-end job at the S-Mart.

    But, then, just when you think it's a hella anti-climax, some woman turns around and she's possessed by the Evil Dead and Ash grabs a shotgun and jumps on a shopping cart and rolls along blasting shell after shell into her.

    I think he then kisses another woman deeply and utters the famous lines, "Shop smart. Shop S-Mart."

    Because Ash, while not a king, is an undead slayer extraordinaire.


    But what the fuck is this futuristic ending?

    Hmm.

    Anyway.
    No. Bruce Campbell isn't a 'good' actor. But he doesn't try to be either. He's campy and that's his schtick. Nobody could have played Ash better than him.

    And. Of course. I'm sure he love/hates that movie with every fiber of his being.


    I thought he played the King of Thieves well in Hercules, too.

    And, hey, who can forget Brisco County Jr.?


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    You are correct, Invert. There are multiple endings to the movie:
    The movie actually has two different endings, both of which are available on the DVD. In the original ending Ash miscounts the drops of sleeping potion, and wakes up 100 years later than intended, in a world devastated by nuclear war. The more heroic S-Mart ending was filmed after the original ending was deemed too depressing.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106308/trivia

    Too depressing? Ash could have fought the nuclear vampires that obviously survived.

    I get that he's campy. I like that he's campy and doesn't try to hide it. It's what makes Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell.

    I remember him on Xena. He was still campy, but he made the show worth watching.

    I wonder, since Lucy Lawless is going to be on Battlestar Gallactica, if Bruce Campbell will make a cameo or something? That would be awesome.
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