People who sleep around to get roles are frail and scared and most likely without talent. It's their own little horror show that only they can deal with.— Bruce Campbell
The most useful Bruce Campbell quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
When life gives you lemons, throw them at the zombies.
Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun
For a long time I was embarrassed to say I was a 'B' movie actor, .
.. But now that I see what Hollywood's putting out, I realized 'B' actually means 'better.'
If I had all the money in the world, I'd still make movies. But I'd want them to pay me in donuts.
Every word out of my mouth is a word that I've approved.
Once you look past the hype, actors are nothing more than fugitives from reality who specialize in contradiction: we are both children and hardened adults—wide-eyed pupils and jaded working stiffs.
I see parody as another form of comedy.
Actors who say they can dive inside a character are either schizophrenic or lying.
I'm not really that sick of Evil Dead.
I can trace all roots back to The Evil Dead movies, so I have nothing against them. It's just that I've done more non-Evil Dead stuff; it's not the only thing I've done. There are some actors who have done a cult movie and they are forever going to be the Policeman #2 in Plan 9 From Outer Space.
The Way I See It: If you're worried about getting a job-or keeping one-start a company of your own. By doing so, you'll reap the rewards of your hard work and you'll only get fired if you fail. This is the land of opportunity. Live in it.
You have to be careful with fans, they'll turn on you.
They turn quick. Twitter can go dark fast. If you talk about something serious on Twitter, you better be ready. If you try to pull out real facts or talk about political opinions or something religious, forget it. Like if people asked me who I was voting for, you couldn't touch that one.
I'm sick of over-trained heroes. I'm really bored with that. Guys that are just ripped to shreds and full of skills. That's boring me. Give me the mechanic that picks up a weapon. Now I'm interested. That's my hero.
There are MAYBE 30 years worth of ideas out there.
.. watch for the feature version of ER in about 25 years... Hollywood has become hopelessly chained to the bottom line.
If you ain't got socks, you ain't got much.
But if you got 'em, you might as well pull 'em up. It's a statement of self-sufficiency. We should all be more self-governed.
Evil Dead" needs a very specific home.
Movies are mostly unrated, but on television who the heck was doing that stuff? And now the doors opened a little bit with companies like Starz. They were the only suitor that was going to let us have content that was unrestricted.
Funny stories on set - there are thousands of them, but they are only funny to the people who were on the movies. You start to have inside jokes and gallows humor. You have all kinds of things you laugh at, but as soon as you tell somebody, the joke falls flat because they don't know the context of it.
I see the Internet as the next big deal - I wanted to get in on it early on so I wouldn't get behind it all.
I see parody as another form of comedy.
If you are making a comedy, there are a lot of different ways to do it. I'm not necessarily always aware of my quote-unquote persona when doing things like that. It's more, "What does the character need at the time?" I'm certainly drawn to certain types of material, there's no doubt about that.
There shouldn't be any censorship. This is America. There shouldn't be any of this freedom of the press, freedom of expression, but having said that, I think what's important is that people who make movies don't try to falsely lure people in to see the movie that don't want to be there. A kid should not see Evil Dead and we knew that.
It'll die down like every other genre, but horror has always been one of the four or five main genres that will never go away.
Horror I appreciate is one of the few genres that can wind the audience up and make them pay attention. I kind of like that. It's one of the few genres that can be very manipulative.
You might meet a guy who turns out to be the best guy you've worked with.
They don't have to be some name brand person. I've met a lot of lower level actors and directors who were terrific; that are as good as any other A level director or actor, they just don't get the recognition. So I'm happy working with anybody who wants to show up to play the game and has a clue.
The words are the words. Seriously. Meaning you don't have boo-boo words. You can do boo-boo things. You can have sex, carnage, mayhem, whatever you're looking for. "The Evil Dead" movies, in my opinion, function better in an unrestricted world.
I think the Internet is the single greatest revolution to come around in a long time. It's so convenient, it's frightening. I can definitely see why some people don't leave their house anymore.
You can't get a movie made without a script; it's the blueprint to your building.
All men think they're fascinating. In my case, it's justified.
You're not looking for the Rolls Royce and the big fancy trailer.
Those are supposed to be the byproducts of having fun and then getting good at what you do.
Only comedies can get you that engaged in a movie, dramas people just sort of sit there and eat their popcorn and nothing really happens, they might cry a little bit, but that's it. Horror movies are talking at the screen, guys are elbowing each other, laughing at each other because they got scared. That's the beauty of a horror movie.
Cult films last forever. I have been in plenty of films that no one will remember, so it is nice to be in some movies that some people do, and that they pass it along to the next generation I'm meeting kids named Ash now.
I prefer a much looser style. Any time a writer thinks he has all the answers to how someone should talk or react or end a scene, it's a spontaneity - killer. I don't get making sure you get every word right in some stupid speech just because a writer sat there and did it.
Westerns pop up every so often, everybody does a western and then they all die.
If there's any elements that you see or don't see in the series it will only be because of some legal thing. Not all of the companies like each other. Some are like, "Don't use this, don't use that." We don't have control over the whole thing.
We make our own problems every time. Everything that we complain about is something we can solve.
You have to take the horror seriously but there's gags aplenty.
Most people, when they do horror it's just grim.
I think having simplicity doesn't always mean that you make a good movie.
I have a theory that a movie that's easy to make is hard to watch.
I'm wearing three hats; I'm acting, producing, and directing. I was very involved in developing the script, too. But to me, that is very liberating. To me, the lower the budget, the more I want to be involved. I want to be more in control of my own destiny when there isn't much money involved, because you don't have the experts who can control your destiny.
Any time a writer thinks he has all the answers to how someone should talk or react or end a scene, it's a spontaneity-killer.
We've all made bad decisions, but they haven't always been resulting in the deaths of innocent people.
You can't show up on set and expect it all to come together.
You have to have a plan, much like how the director can't just show up and go, well, where should I put the camera? That is gonna determine how it is lit, you should have already been in the room looking at it earlier, pre-lit the room, you know there is a lot of prep that goes into it, so it is the same thing with acting. You can't just show up.
You could have a bunch of good actors but they can't keep a relationship to save their lives. Everyone thinks it's so glamorous that Ben Affleck is sleeping with all these different chicks. It's only because he can't keep a single relationship because he's working all the time.
I'll do more than the average actor, but I'm smart enough to know why stunt guys exist.
It's smart to have a set of younger actors.
People don't always want to look at me. They want to look at other people.
I don't say any word that I don't approve.
I like the TV format. I like how fast it is.
Genres pop up and get hot and then they die down.
My father was in the ad business, and he wanted to be a painter.
I think none of the humor in the first Evil Dead was intentional.
We weren't that sophisticated. We got more sophisticated with Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness where you can start to manipulate the audience a little more, having more control over the medium instead of just trying to figure out how to do it. I suppose that's pretty normal with any craft. Every carpenter is better 20 years later.
You have to have horror that is entertaining, where you can laugh.
Most people don't want you to laugh at horror. They just want you to just be disgusted and terrified.
I'm not interested in making a $60-million studio film with a bunch of 24-year-olds telling me what to do.