Bruce Campbell: 'I Can't Imagine What's Next!'


For more than three decades, Bruce Campbell has been one of the most prominent purveyors of genre fare. From Evil Dead to Bubba Ho-Tep, his ability to infuse out-of-this-world characters with grounded humanity is second-to-none. It's also been one of the reasons why his Burn Notice character, Sam Axe, instantly became a fan favorite, warranting 2011's pseudo-origin story, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe.

November 8 brings fans the next 8 chapters in Burn Notice's sixth season -- one that Campbell promises will forever change the show, the characters and the fans.

ETonline: Things weren't looking too good for the team, who was stranded in Panama, in the finale. Where do we pick up?

Bruce Campbell: Panama [laughs]. We've got to get the hell out of there and every step we take is a step deeper into the mud. It's Dirty Dozen in order to get out of Panama and there's some nasty stuff going down with Michael Weston and the guy who mentored him. It's gonna get ugly!

ETonline: The world of Burn Notice has only continued to grow and deepen over the last few years, did you always anticipate that the show was capable of producing six such rich seasons?

Campbell: You always hope it can, but I give Matt [Nix, creator] credit because the burn notice was done after season four. Now, he's frying bigger fish, going deeper and getting darker. It's getting more dangerous as we see what kind of person [Michael] has to become in order to clean house. Season six just broke it open – we don't even have a place to live now. And based on how this season ends, which you'll see in a few weeks, it's even more ridiculous than where we are now. Season seven might take place on the moon ... I can't imagine what's next!

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ETonline: The show hasn't been picked up yet for a seventh season. Does the finale almost require additional episodes because fans will freak if they don't learn what's next?

Campbell: The only thing I can legally say about season six is that it's a stepping point for season seven. It's not an end, it's a beginning ... with crazy implications.

ETonline: Is there anything you haven't gotten to do as Sam yet?

Campbell: Sure, a tap-dancing episode, but that doesn't mean it's right for the show. There are plenty of things I want to do as an actor, but it's gotta fit with what we're doing on the show. I just always want to make sure there's humor because I think that's all these guys have left.

ETonline: What are you excited for the fans to see with these 8 episodes?

Campbell: How insane it becomes. By the end of this season, we don't have a place to go. Things will not be as they were before; they're dismantling some of our permanent sets. That shows you how little we've used them. We're on the run. It's a run and gun situation. As actors, we've barely been able to keep up with what's going on. They decided to shake it up with season six and they are so not kidding.

ETonline: You're also producing 2013's Evil Dead remake. The red band trailer was incredibly graphic and amazing. How are you feeling about it?

Campbell: That [trailer] is not false advertising. You're going to get more of that and you'll be sad and glad you got it. We've now shown it to an audience and the good news about the movie is when the lights come up, everybody's smiling. They're really energized by it. We're excited as hell.

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ETonline: Is it a direct remake or more of a reimagining?

Campbell: It's my comfortable old shoe analogy. There will be many elements that are familiar – a cabin, a book, five kids, they unleash an ancient demon and are pretty sorry about it.

ETonline: There's no character named Ash in the remake, did you insist on that?

Campbell: Very much so. I don't want some actor to have to imitate what I did. Let them do their own thing, create their own characters. I think the explanation of going to this cabin is more sound this time around. The movie is really astute. We want to deliver a creepy, scary story in a way that might actually have more impact than the first one. This isn't a digital extravaganza – it's an old fashion monster movie with prosthetic makeup.

Burn Notice
airs Thursday at 9 p.m on USA.