Bruce Campbell on stunts, man girdles and fan love…
In season one of Ash Vs Evil Dead you did a lot of your own stunts. Do you do fewer in season two?
No, no. Because dumb things happen, like the following… They go, “Ash is going to get hit by a car.” Great. So normally they have a stuntman – my stuntman Raicho Vasilev, an excellent stuntman from Bulgaria. But if you’re filming from inside the car and you’re supposed to hit Ash, wouldn’t it be better if the real Ash comes up and splats against the windshield? So I would volunteer occasionally throughout the season to do stuff like that. And after the fourth take, that’s when you realise that was a stupid decision. But you got yourself into it so you got to kind of do it. We had a few of those this season.
Were you ever worried that this show wouldn’t find a wide audience?
I was worried. Hell yeah. Because they could have easily gone, “Ah, nice try.”
Evil Dead fans had been demanding your return for decades…
Yeah, and now bring me back when I’m not really capable of doing it anymore and make me do it. Perfect, let’s just see what happens… Thank god [that] in the show Ash wears a man girdle and has dentures, so we can get away with a lot. But yes, it’s been very gratifying. Because fans are always very honest and very direct, because they have no reason not to be. They’ve been very accepting of the show and so we don’t want to let them down. Because they were the ones who made enough noise for so many decades. They would not shut up about these movies, god bless them. I’d rather let a studio executive down than the fans down. Because they’re operating from a business point of view, I get where they’re coming from. But with fans… You got to give little Billy what he wants. And in this case it’s carnage and mayhem, unbridled.
How does the show top itself in its second year?
With Lucy [Lawless]’s character, Ruby. Ruby is much more integrated this season, and I think it’ll be easier for fans to get behind that character too.