Bruce Campbell Talks EVIL DEAD Remake; Says It's "Fabulous"
The actor (who plays Ash in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead) discusses the upcoming horror remake, its differences from the previous movies, whether or not he'll make a cameo and more. He also reveals that he's already seen the Fede Alvarez-directed film.
Speaking with Digital Spy, actor Bruce Campbell - who previously played 'Ash' in Sam Raimi's horror film The Evil Dead - discusses the upcoming remake. He reveals some interesting new info, such as the facts that none of the original characters from the 1981 film and that this will be a completely fresh take on the franchise. He also addresses fans' complaints/worries surrounding the remake, saying that it'll be "just as memorable" as Raimi's original film. Campbell also reveals that he's seen a cut of the Fede Alvarez-directed movie (which recently wrapped production), saying that it's "fabulous". For the full interview (in which Campbellshares his thoughts on the current trend for reboots/remakes and re-uniting with Raimi in Oz: The Great And Powerful), click the link below.
On How Different Evil Dead Is To The Previous Movies:
"There's none of the original characters. We didn't want to compare apples with apples. It's a contemporary movie - just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now. It's basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director - Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I've seen it already; I think it's definitely fabulous."
On Whether Or Not Fans Will Embrace The Remake:
"We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we've pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie.
"You don't want to remake something shot-for-shot. I can't believe they remade Psycho - what the hell kind of a waste of celluloid is that? It's a creative medium.
"The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing."
On Whether Or Not He'll Make A Cameo, And His Thoughts On Playing Ash Again:
"I'm not at liberty to discuss that. But the thing is we want it to be a standalone movie. You're going to have some references [to the original] in there and there's going to be things the fans will enjoy as far as familiar aspects, but it's a whole new ball game."
"I'll be honest with you, I don't know if I could - the last one was 1991. I was a virile young man; I'm 54 years old now so I'm not sure 54-year-old guys need to be doing that s**t anymore. But if Sam wants to lace the boots back on and do something that makes sense, that's fine. We may need to do the movie one day, if our careers fly off the tracks and we crash and burn, we might look at each other and go 'Let's make an Evil Dead movie'!"
Evil Dead is set to hit theaters April 12th, 2013. The remake stars Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore and Lou Taylor Pucci.
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