Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!

It's Bruce Campbell's 50th birthday! And to celebrate the coolest man allive's special day here are 5 facts you may or may not have known about him.

1. He once worked as a security guard at a beer brewery.

2. He won the audition for the lead role in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. by grabbing the back of his shirt collar and flipping himself. He then had to repeat the trick at every callback, totaling about 5 or 6 flips!.

3. Screen-tested for the lead role in The Phantom. He would have made a fab Phantom! As if you couldn't tell from the name of the blog I'm actually quite a fan of the 1996 film. He also auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever. Thank god he didn't get that one.

4. He is the second cousin of actor, Bill Campbell.

5. He is considered to be the best "Reverse Actor" in Hollywood. Now that's talent!


Adam Ross said...

Fact: My brother and I once stood in line at Powell's Books in Portland for 3.5 hours waiting to get Bruce's autograph. When the store's closing time approached we were turned away (along with about 500 others), with not even a glimpse of The Chin.

Dean Wormer said...

My 11-year old son asked the first question at a Q&A with Bruce last year which was pretty cool.

Bruce answered then told him to go home and clean up his room.

Bradda said...

"That's just what we call pillow talk baby..."

Becca said...

Gosh I suppose everyone has there own the time I met Bruce story!

I actually met Bruce once too. Drove about 4 hours both ways to a screening of Evil Dead 2 in 1995. Bruce was there for the Q&A afterward, got to ask him a pretty cool question and then he signed a picture I drew of him. It reads "Becca, marry me!~ Bruce Campbell" It's a prized posession. Damn if he isn't the coolest man alive!

Arkonbey said...

BC got the short stick of actors, didn't he? Good looking, talented and a pretty nice guy and where's his big roles these days.

Briscoe County Jr. was a wonderful show. Is it on DVD,yet?

Dean: Well, DID he clean up his room?

Captain Incredible said...

What's a 'Reverse Actor'?

Undead Film Critic said...

Becca, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I don't know how this slipped by me.

I have to admit, the only Man-Crush I have ever, or will ever have is on Bruce. I met him in NC as he was promoting THE MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN and he could not have been a nicer guy. Hail to the King baby!

Angry Ballerina said...

I want to marry that man.

Becca said...

Yes! Briscoe is on DVD but it retails for like $80! Honestly it's worth it! Great show!

Sam Raimi has filmmed special effects shots with Bruce moving in reverse and then would play it back as though he were moving normally. Does that make any sense?

There is no better a man to have a man-crush on. He is the man, man.

Maybe you me and the undead film critic can all marry Bruce in a gigantic civil ceremmony!

Dean Wormer said...


No, but I keep reminding him that Bruce said he should.


Jay Amabile said...

off subject but the Phantom was an underrated film. I actually liked it alot. I bought it years ago when it first came to DVD. Campbell may have given the role a little more life...perhaps a panache that Zane didn't have lol.

Captain Incredible said...

It's Sam Raimi - it doesn't have to make sense...

Though when I thought more about it, I figured it meant something like the role playing the actor.

Or am I talking out of my utility belt?

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