Bruce Campbell is just about the coolest guy I’ve ever seen grace my TV screen. When my teen self saw Ash unload his 12-gage double barreled Remington into the belly of a witch, just after delivering a speech that was somehow equal parts inspiration, bluster, and S-Mart customer service, I knew I’d found my spirit animal. Which is exactly why we felt it appropriate to celebrate this glorious man on today of all days: the day he entered the world.
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Like so many others, I joined the legion of fans that made up Bruce Campbell’s “cult” following fairly young. I caught up on The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. I kept an eye out for his guest appearances on shows like Hercules and Xena. In college, I read If Chins Could Kill, his amazing autobiography (which I highly recommend to everyone looking to go into the film industry). I cheered when he was cast as Sam Axe on Burn Notice. I’ve always wanted nothing but the best for “The Chin,” despite a complete lack of ever meeting him in person.
If you were to ask me why that is — and if you’re still reading this I’ll assume you want to know — I’d respond by saying this: our cinematic universe is full of perfect, dragon-slaying heroes who go riding off into ideal sunsets. When I was young I related to them like it was my job. Once life starts throwing you curveballs though, you realize that the hero who doesn’t quite fit in, whose confidence remains unflappable despite his mistakes, whose mouth gets him into trouble, and whose morals are less-than-sterling just might be fighting a harder battle than that white knight.
Happy 57th, Bruce. Never change. Oh, and by the way, Ash vs Evil Dead looks like it’s gonna rock.
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