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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor Hardcover – 30 Jun 2001
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‘An insightful and rant-filled guide to being almost famous'(GQ)
‘[an] entertaining and witty Hollywood memoir…[with] enough insights and smarts to appeal to readers with a serious interest in popular culture.’(Publishers Weekly)
‘This engaging memoir offers much more than the standard, glamorous "and then I did..." show business autobiography… it succeeds as an evocative memoir that allows the reader to know Campbell. High recommended’(Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Bruce Campbell is the ultimate ‘B’ movie actor. Star of the cult Evil Dead trilogy, he has a CV that ranges from buddy Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, through The X-Files, Xena: Warrior Princess and Burn Notice, to Man With the Screaming Brain, My Name is Bruce and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters. He is author of If Chins Could Kill!, a major sleeper hit and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, Make Love* The Bruce Campbell Way was published by Aurum in 2010. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The commentary on his life is fascinating, and at points truly hilarious. It is very rare that I will laugh out loud at a book, but in places this book had me in stitches, and that is no exageration. Reading it you almost become jealous of the childhood he has had. This is the story about a man who really worked for the position he is in now; he's not a Hollywood-manufactured star, and that's his quality, but he is generally regarded as the greatest B-movie actor of his time, and that is a position properly earned.
Insiteful also of the lives of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Scott Speigal and others he has worked with and maintained a friendship with, this is not just a self-indulgent account of someone trying to make money out of a life story. It is a book truly worth paying money for and I parted with my cash gladly. I cannot recommend this book enough.
The fact that out of 11 reviews so far, ten have awarded five stars should speak for itself. For any fan of Bruce Campbell, this is a must buy. Get it now!
THE EVIL DEAD COMPANION is also a good buy for fans of the trilogy.
He is proud to declare himself a B grade actor and encourages everyone to follow their dreams no matter how difficult that prospect may be. He describes his struggles to find finance and support for the now cult classic 'Evil Dead', which was his first full length film. The story of the making of this film is hilarious in many respects but also heartbreaking as actor after actor give up and more money is need to complete it. He tells of his fellow actors, directors and friends, one of which recently directed the blockbuster 'Spiderman', in which Bruce has a small part.
Overall it is an exceptional read, not only for film fans, but for anyone in search of a dream.
I read the book pretty quickly and was astounded by how good it was. It also managed to surprise me and gave me an insight to what kind of people Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are. (This was interesting as I am a Xena and Hercules fan.) I would have giving this 5 stars but it disappointed me in to ways. Firstly it did not answer my question as to why in Evil Dead 2 the flashback of the first film was different to the original film. I'm guessing now after reading the book it was due to rights issues. The second is that the book was over too quickly and hell, it left me wanting more!
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!
Without doubt one of the funniest reads I've ever had. After having listened to Bruce at a convention this book reads just like he talks and shows just how much of Bruce Campbell went into the character of Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy.
This is a great read for anyone who likes movies. A frank and disarming essay on the plight of the B movie actor.
Its SO much more human than the usual ghostwritten hollywood autobiographies.
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