Bruce Campbell fans tend to also be comic book fans, so with that overlap, it’s obvious that many would love to see Campbell, who just wrapped his Starz series ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’, suited up in a flashy super suit on the big screen. After all, with that famous chiseled jaw and slick hair, he fits the bill to a tee. But don’t hold your breath. Campbell has zero interest in going that route. Despite making cameos in longtime collaborator Sam Raimi’s three ‘Spider-Man’ movies (“That’s Sam Raimi all the way,” Campbell explained), that might be as close to a comic book role as we’ll ever see Campbell in.
He recently spoke to ComicBook.com and said:
“Whenever I see an actor get cast in [a big blockbuster], I wince, because I go, ‘Oh, that poor son of a bitch is going to be in that suit for 10 years.’ If shooting schedule’s seven months of shooting, you get your one month in the Bahamas, and then you’re promoting for three months, then you go right back to the next sequel, back in that same f-cking suit.'”
But it’s not just the wardrobe and demanding shooting schedule that Campbell doesn’t care for. It’s the actual process of shooting with modern CGI, something he, unfortunately, had to contend with while shooting ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’.
“It was all marks on walls, tennis balls on sticks, the monster’s going to be here, noise over here, you know, that sort of stuff, it’s a different type of acting, and modern day actors are learning new technical skills that the old-timey actors didn’t have to learn. Acting with nothing. That’s what they’re doing now”
He also scoffs at how powerful certain superheroes are and why he finds them unrelatable. “Oh, Superman’s got Kryptonite. Well, what the hell’s Kryptonite?” This, he says is what draws him to his most famous character. “Give me Ash, the guy could be, he’s a gas station attendant, you know? The guy’s Mr. Nobody.”
Campbell had previously stated that he was looking forward to taking it easy after his series ended, so the idea of taking on something as rigorous as a superhero property is likely the last thing on his mind. As he said at that time, “I have lavender on my property. I’m going to smoke weed and hang out.”