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Invaluable guide to the man and the movies.,
This review is from: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (Paperback)
Autobiographies can come across as smug romances or sordid kiss-and-tells, but Bruce Campbell's "If Chins Could Kill" avoids both clichés. It's a disarmingly modest and frank account of his struggles in Hollywood, and the author simply comes across as a damn nice guy. It is an eminently readable book for that reason; you care what this poor, strangely popular fellow has gone through. Largely at the hands of his demented friend and tormentor, Sam Raimi (those bits are a hoot).
On a nerdier level, people interested in filmmaking will learn a lot. Bruce's "in the trenches" perspective of the Evil Dead films is invaluable and fascinating. Even if the cult film isn't to your tastes, you'll soon have to concede that it was a minor miracle over a restricted budget.
And obviously, the whole thing has a gentle level of humour that just enhances that Good Bloke of an author. Occasionally I found myself chuckling defencelessly - a rare feat with a non-fiction book. Oh, and Bruce offers a littany of pictures, "not all crammed in the middle like in those other actor books." Value for money! Not to mention the fact that this book is the size of a psychology textbook, yet remains a quick read simply because of the high quality of it.
Can't wait for the next instalment!