“Hail to the King, baby” – Bruce Campbell as Ash, Army of Darkness
Bruce Campbell, author of If Chins Could Kill, the most original autobiography out of Tinseltown, has struck again with an “autobiographical” fiction, an implausible “what-if” with a premise to shake the very pillers of heaven…Make Love* The Bruce Campbell Way asks that most singular of questions — What happens when a schlock-heavy, lantern-jawed, quip-laden B-Movie star like Bruce Campbell lands an “A” film?
Unexpectedly landing the lead role in a new Mike Nichol’s romantic comedy (called Let’s Make Love), Campbell is cast as a wise-cracking Southern doorman, dispensing sage relationship advice to a star-crossed Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. He immediately starts making his presence known, researching his role as a doorman; running afoul of Colin Powell; teaching Richard Gere how to stage a real knock-down, drag-out punch-up; sourcing stunt cars for Nichols; dispensing unrequested advice to Renee Zellweger on sexing up her wardrobe and generally and liberally spreading his B-movie wisdom about like lawn fertilizer.
Broadly written but servicable, Make Love* The Bruce Campbell Way doesn’t pretend to be literature. Campbell is, however, very, very funny, in his own peculiar twisted style, and Make Love* The Bruce Campbell Way, while it is never going to win an literary prizes, is something that most prize winners aren’t – a fun and enjoyable read. Just don’t expect Tolstoy.
For more info on Bruce Campbell and his multitudinous filmography, check out the always excellent Internet movie Database (IMDB) (Did you know that Richard Gere’s middle name was Tiffeny?), or drop by Campbell’s own website for an excerpt from the book and some words of wisdom on life in B-moviedom. You can also check out his work as Coach Boomer in Sky High or as the irritating theater usher who refuses entry to Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2.
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