Bruce Campbell is one of those larger-than-life personalities that fans seem to love and that personality radiates both off and on the screen with the characters that he plays. I know a lot of fans would love to see Campbell join some kind of superhero franchise at some point, but that doesn't sound like something that he'd have any interest in. On top of that Campbell has already had a long great career of playing one of the greatest heroes ever... Ash Williams.
While talking to CB about big blockbuster superhero films he explains why he feels sorry for the actors who play those superhero characters. When asked what drew him to the big blockbuster movies in the first place, he said:
"That's Sam Raimi all the way. Big blockbuster movies, whenever I see an actor get cast in one of those, I wince, because I go, 'Oh, that poor son of a bitch is going to be in that suit for 10 years.' If shooting schedule's seven months of shooting, you get your one month in the Bahamas, and then you're promoting for three months, then you go right back to the next sequel, back in that same fuckingsuit.'"
He goes on to talk about the process of shooting these big effects-heavy projects explaining that actors these days have to learn a different type of acting. With Evil Dead, Campbell was able to work with practical effects to help him convey the horror of what was going on around him. When it comes to these big budget superhero films, a lot of the time that actors nothing to work with.
"You're looking at tennis balls on sticks. So, that process is actually not for me, even though Ash vs. Evil Dead was all that. It was all marks on walls, tennis balls on sticks, the monster's going to be here, noise over here, you know, that sort of stuff, it's a different type of acting, and modern day actors are learning new technical skills that the old-timey actors didn't have to learn. Acting with nothing. That's what they're doing now. Castle's not even there. 'Oh, we're going to put a great castle behind you. It's not there now, but it's going to be amazing.'"
He then goes on to share his thoughts on how superheroes aren't as flawed or complex as he'd like them to be:
"My only beef with superheroes is that they're not flawed enough. Oh, Superman's got Kryptonite. Well, what the hell's Kryptonite? I don't know what that means. Give me Ash, the guy could be, he's a gas station attendant, you know? The guy's Mr. Nobody."
I totally get what Campbell is saying but I think superhero films these days, especially with Marvel does a good job of bringing flaws and complexities to their characters. What are you thoughts on what Campbell had to say about superhero movies?