Campbell gets ‘action hands’ in ‘Burn Notice’
According to “Burn Notice” star Bruce Campbell, doing TV action scenes may not be life-threatening, but it does carry certain risks.
“You just fear that you’re going to get crippled,” he says, “that’s all, that you’ll get hamstrung by something.
“I did blow my hamstring when I was fighting a stunt guy on ‘Burn Notice’ a couple of years ago. I didn’t want a repeat of that. So I stayed healthy for the entire shoot. No major injuries — just my hands. I got ‘action hands.’ ”
The shoot that Campbell, 52, is referring to is the one in and around Bogota, Colombia, for “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe,” a prequel movie to the USA Network series premiering Sunday, also on USA.
Directed by “Burn Notice” lead actor Jeffrey Donovan — who plays former CIA operative Michael Westen — and written by series creator Matt Nix, it takes Campbell’s character, womanizing former Navy SEAL and semiretired covert operative Sam Axe, five years back in time, when he was still Lieutenant Commander Axe.
Also starring are Alex Fernandez, Brendan O’Malley, Chandra West, Pedro Pascal, Kiele Sanchez, Ilza Rosario and RonReaco Lee.
“It’ll be tantalizing,” Campbell says. “It’ll give the fans something totally new to watch, because this is a five-year prequel.
“So we’ll see if people are interested in watching different stories with these characters. We’re hoping yes.”
As the movie opens, Axe has run afoul of an admiral (John Diehl) — unsurprisingly, there’s a woman involved — and he gets sent on a mission to Colombia to advise a local military platoon. Before long, Axe realizes that he may be on the wrong side in the dispute and that a group of terrorists may be something else altogether.
Before long, Axe is hip-deep in action. That includes escape and evasion, explosives, and firing guns, hence the “action hands.”
“I had Winchester finger one day,” Campbell says. “When you think about it, if you fire a Winchester, you have to put your hand in the section that cocks the gun. And your middle finger — I’m a lefty — tends to do a lot of the work.”
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From left, Bruce Campbell, Kiele Sanchez and Ilza Rosario star in “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe” Sunday on USA Network.