Looking for something new to watch? In that case you may be interested in Burn Notice: an edge-of-your-seat show featuring everyone’s cult favourite, Bruce Campbell. A few years ago, before the show’s fourth season, we had a little chat with Bruce about his role in Burn Notice, and discovered all sorts of tantalising titbits that may get you interested in this classic American show (and we even snuck in a few questions about The Evil Dead – because it’s Bruce Campbell!).
You can expect more kick-ass action! I don't even remember what happened in the fourth season, it was so long ago. But, y'know, every year things get more complicated and I think this is the season where we introduce Jesse, so we get a fourth main character in season 4 and he's a great addition to the show.
In March, we began filming season 6! In fact, here in the States we aired the final episode of season 5 a while ago. The big, dramatic, jaw-dropping finale.
Yeah, that's right. But we hit pretty quick actually. I think the formula is appealing to the average viewer who wants to see justice done, because our show always gets the bad guy. Eventually, you're gonna go down; it's going to cost us dearly but these guys are gonna go down so I think if you find no justice in the world, you can find it in our show.
Yes, but it's going to get more complicated because in Season 5, his ‘burn’ situation has changed. But it's good news and bad news: the good news is that you're not burned anymore and the bad news is that you may not want the answer to who did it. There are a lot of layers to this onion.
Only Matt Nix [the show’s creator] can tell you that. Every show has its own relationship between the writers, the actors, the directors and the producers and, in this case, we don't bug Matt Nix. We wait to find out what happens to us, just like any other viewer and I actually prefer that to "here's the overall plan, blah, blah, blah". Sometimes it's fun to know but, for some reason, none of us really know what's going to happen and we don't care. I really like opening every new script and going "oh cool, this happens". And, y'know, the other half of it, honestly, will depend on ratings. If the ratings are strong, we'll figure out another season of storylines, but if the ratings are low...everyone will probably get killed in a horrible accident.
Well, that was really just to test the waters and see what people thought of expanding different characters. We filmed that about a year ago and it did well here in the States when it aired. If it was a pilot, they said they would have greenlit it as a series. So that did fine, and I think we're going to put it on the backburner and see if further down the road we want to do another one. I think we should do one for each character; of how Fiona got to Miami, how Michael Weston got burned - what mission was he on before he got burned? So I think there's plenty of room for back story but it depends on whether the other actors wanted to do that.
Yeah, I lobbied to get him because he had directed an episode of Burn Notice and everyone loved him - they all thought he did a great job and he had never really directed television before. So when the time came to do the movie, I said "let's get Donovan - let's get a guy who would actually have something at stake here".
Oh, he's awesome. He's a very sharp director. Anyone who has their act together, I'll take direction from. And he's very tough – he's a tough director. And I love that.
Because I have a very good relationship with Jeffrey Donovan and I'm not about to start bossing him around.
I like a little bit of both. I like television because of how fast it is. We shoot 11 pages of script a day sometimes, which is twice what a movie would do in the course of a day.
We're hot and heavy into pre-production right now. It's a fast-moving freight train. We have the script down to what we think is a really good draft.
No, there's no character Ash. None of the original characters are in it. The original Evil Dead was about five kids who come across an evil, scary book and this is just going to be an updated version of that. This is a whole new story and Sam Raimi [original director], myself and Rob Tapert [original producer] are very involved in it so we're not really playing into any of the worries or anger that the Evil Dead fans have. We appreciate how they think the franchise is but, y'know, it's not their franchise. This our movie, so we care whether it comes out good or not. And we just hope that, at the end of the day, people will say that it freaked them out as a horror movie.
I’m not sure at this point what the plan is because it's all about schedules and they're filming while I'm filming. My day job unfortunately comes first.
If we succeed with this one, we'll consider the other two. If this one sucks eggs, there's no point in going on.
I really don't see myself as anything other than an employed actor. That's all I've ever worked for. The labels are really for all the experts to do and they can call me whatever they want. I welcome any label other than ‘home-wrecker’ or ‘criminal’.
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