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Bruce Is His Name: Meditations On A Possible Sequel To My Name Is Bruce

By Rob Payne | Industry | July 15, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | July 15, 2011 |

Before we begin, if you have not seen My Name Is Bruce, I suggest watching this music video. If you can’t get down with “The Legend of Guan-Di,” then you can feel free to skip the rest of this and continue on about your day. If you have seen it, then you may use it as musical accompaniment whilst you read.

Bruce Campbell is having a big week. His TV show “Burn Notice” continues to be a relative summer ratings juggernaut, he got to share some of his thoughts on the possibility of an Evil Dead remake/sequel, and Dustin rightly placed “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” on his list of Should’a Been’a Emmy Contenders list. Vulture also interviewed him about Harris’ favorite TV show and while I liked the first season of the show, I’ve little interest in it now other than the movie prequel that stars our favorite Jack of All Trades. However, I do have interest in a possible follow-up to his brilliant, self-effacing directorial effort My Name Is Bruce. And so should you. Here’s what Campbell had to say on the subject:

“Well, the [first sequel] script sucked. We’ve got to start all over again. Your script is your blueprint. If your blueprint is off, your building is going to be, too. In the old days, I wouldn’t have even known what a bad script was. But now I have a better idea and I know that you actually can’t fix a bad script. With a great script, you can get a lousy actor and he’ll still be good in it. But a lousy script, you can get Laurence Olivier and it’ll still suck. So we’re working on it. We don’t want to piss people off. You make a sequel, people have expectations.”

Considering the outcry over the Evil Dead news — and that I once saw the actor sign a man’s leg at a sci-fi convention and then hours later see that man return with the signature tattooed onto his body — saying Bruce Campbell fans have “expectations” is a bit of an understatement. That said, I think I speak for most Ash fans when I say that we’ll take as much of him as we can get. Some new Old Spice commercials wouldn’t be unwelcome, for instance. But we’ll always be patient, because The Chin is worth the wait.

If you (still) haven’t seen My Name Is Bruce, I can’t recommend it enough, and it’s my personal favorite of his movies - tied with Bubba Ho-Tep, of course, because everyone likes Bubba Ho-Tep. Here’s the trailer to get a taste of its hammy deliciousness:

Rob Payne also writes the independent comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and sporadic updates for both can be read on the Twitter. He wishes to apologize if you listened to the “Guan-Di” song and it subsequently got lodged somewhere between your ears. It happens.

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