Bruce Campbell Evil Dead TV seriesBruce Campbell reveals “Evil Dead” series details in an interview with Entertainment weekly.  I’m a huge “Evil Dead” fan so I blatantly stole the interview and chopped out the bits I was interested.  Mainly I really wanted to know details about the show and Bruce Campbell’s role in it.

The series will air on Starz in 2015

You can read the full interview here  Source

It took 23 years, but Bruce Campbell is finally returning to his iconic role of Ash—the arrogant, loudmouthed, one-handed badass who squared off against prankish possessive spirits in three Sam Raimi films (including 1987’s cult classic Evil Dead II). Starz is resurrecting the franchise with the half-hour horror-comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead; 10 episodes are planned for late 2015.

The set-up: Ash is living in a trailer park and working his latest thankless big-box store job when a return of the Deadites prompts him to take a road trip with two young co-workers (and, of course, his trusty boomstick). To find out what we can expect from the show, EW had an exclusive interview with the king himself.

EW: What finally made this happen?
Bruce Campbell: We realized if we made another movie, frankly, it would probably be too expensive. But in the format of a TV show, we could give people exactly what they wanted and expand the character and the story even more. Ash would probably have more dialogue in one season than in three movies. He’ll have to become a more fleshed-out character as well. And we never burned Evil Dead as a franchise out—it’s not like we did 13 of these movies. So we felt like, what the heck, let’s give it a try. Walking Dead is Walking Dead, but we were kind of first. And I would say it’s about as big of a counterpart to Walking Dead as you could program, because Walking Dead is unrelentingly grim and hugely popular. We’re going to give people a little of the old fashioned splatstick—horror and comedy. The fans have been really good to us over the years. This is an opportunity to do something with full street cred. [Fan reaction to last year’s Evil Dead remake] was all, “Yeah yeah, that was nice, fellas, but we still want the real deal.” This is it. Sam’s back. I’m back. [Executive producer Rob Tapert’s] back. Love it or hate it, this will be the real deal.

 

You once said, “In the first Evil Dead, [Ash is] just this guy. In Evil Dead II, he’s a little wiser and a little more weary and a little more willing to fight these damn things. By Army of Darkness, he’s just this bragging ugly American.” How is Ash different this time?
He continues being a trash-talking know-it-all who doesn’t really know anything. He’s the ultimate anti-hero. He’s a guy with no appreciable skills. He’s not a former Navy SEAL, he’s not a former CIA or FBI. He’s no special anything. He’s just a guy from S-Mart, you know? And think that’s part of what people relate too. All these super hero movies—I rather relate to a garage mechanic who gets into a sticky situation. That’s what I look forward to playing—a guy with horrible flaws. In Army of Darkness he can’t memorize three words and he’s responsible for the deaths of a 100 people—this is your lead character!

The description says Ash will have to face his demons, both “literal and personal.” He’s never been one for introspection. What personal demons does he have to face?
Ash has survivor’s guilt. You could have a heyday with his PTSD. He’s a war vet. He doesn’t want to talk about it, and he’ll lie about that stump on his hand to impress the ladies. This is a guy who’s got some issues. He’s emotionally stunted. But he’s the guy you want in the foxhole next to you. That’s the funny thing—he’s kind of an idiot, but man, if I had to go to battle, I’d want to be next to that guy, because he’ll bring it if he has to.

This time Ash isn’t a solo act. He’s getting some help from a couple other characters.
It’s a threesome, which is a good number. Since it’s not cast yet, it would be silly to fully describe them. But they’re supposed to be two very good counterparts. One is a male-bonding situation; the other is father-figure deal, since Ash could have a daughter the same age as this character. Hopefully we’ll pull Ash out of his loner-veteran mode and get him back into being a human being again.

It’s an intensely physical role. Is there anything you’re doing to prepare?
I’m going to try to roll back the hands of time a little bit. It’s probably about doing a lot of stretching. And my stunt man will probably be spectacular—this guy’s going to wish his mother never met his father. Over the years we’ve learned a lot of tricks about how to do fights without killing your lead actor, and I plan to use every trick in the book. But yeah, I will have to step up my game a little bit.

What’s the Ash line fans most often quote at you?
Probably “Give me some sugar, baby.” But that’s fine. Words are powerful.

In the films, the Deadites seem to be an anything-goes threat in terms of who the spirits effect and how it effects them. For the series, are there going to be any boundaries or rules established in terms of what the Evil Dead can do or cannot do?
Yes. There always were rules and always will be rules. We do work within a boundary of what causes this to happen. We’re going along the lines of every so often, the Evil rises to test the average man to see if man is ready to rule the earth, or if the living dead have to come back. Turns out Ash is our guy, so God help us all.

You mentioned taking the horror seriously. What does that mean?
There’s jokey horror and horror-horror. When there’s a presence in the room, it has to be dealt with because it’s an extremely dangerous and volatile situation. Humor may come out of it, but there’s nothing funny about a demon ripping somebody’s head off. And the beauty of Starz is there’s no content issues. Let’s face it: Fans want the carnage and the mayhem. So we intend to give them quite the explosion of viscera. Most of it directed at me, unfortunately.

Will time travel be involved, like in Army of Darkness, or will Ash remain in modern times?
I have no idea. It’s early yet, we’ll see where the journey takes us. I think people are going to have a lot of fun. We’re going to keep this show constantly evolving and hopefully surprising.