During our recent webcam chat (watch above), Bruce Campbell expresses surprise at the success of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the Starz series that finds him returning to the character that made him famous. “The first ‘Evil Dead,’ we didn’t even think we were going to finish the movie,” he reveals. “So this is all making it up as we go along, tap dancing as fast as we can.” Based on the cult horror franchise, the show finds Ash Williams once again battling the undead to save mankind. Sam Raimi, who launched his career directing the “Evil Dead” films, created the show with his brother, Ivan Raimi, and Emmy-nominated producer Tom Spezialy (“Desperate Housewives”).
In season two, Ash returns to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan, giving fans an opportunity to find out more about the beloved character. “It’s like seeing a teacher after school,” Campbell divulges. “His world is expanding.” Yet it’s far from a welcome homecoming. “He’s a pariah in his town. They know him as ‘Ashy Slashy.’ He’s an urban myth, he’s a serial killer. So he’s gotta go back to his hometown, beat that, and defend them against the tyranny of evil.”
Made on a shoestring budget of just $350,000, “The Evil Dead” became a horror staple since premiering in 1981, spawning the sequels “Evil Dead II” (1987) and “Army of Darkness” (1992), as well as a 2013 remake. Ash Williams made Campbell a household name: now, will this series earn him an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Actor? Check out our full interview above for more about his work in “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
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