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This review is from: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (Paperback)
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell
Yes, I know. I swore off Hollywood-type memoirs a few weeks ago, but this book was a Christmas present and merits consideration if only for the title. It was written a few years back, but is still relevant to people who may actually know who Bruce Campbell is. (One of my, ahem, better-educated friends did not.) Campbell, as anyone with a pop culture awareness knows, is the star of the "Evil Dead" series of movies, those being "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead II," and "Army of Darkness." He's also been in some, quote, Major Motion Pictures, like "Spiderman." But, mostly, his career has been as a B-movie actor, and his recollections of how he and his friends started out making Super 8 films and sort of stumbled into success with the first "Evil Dead" is an intriguing one. Like many memoir writers, Campbell leaves out some of the juicier details of his private life, but that's to be expected, I guess. He also spends more time than necessary describing his early films, while giving short shrift to his later ones. But, to his credit, he does devote substantial verbiage to the whole Hercules-Xena:Warrior Princess phase of his career and talks not quite enough about his one-season wonder, The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. The book could also have used a better copy editor. There are a few too many misspellings for my taste. (I mean, doesn't everyone know it's George Maharis, not George Maharas?) Still, it's worth your time, especially if you want to know how people who aren't actually movie "stars" make a living.