Bruce Campbell: Hail to the Chin

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The star of the Evil Dead series began his book tour on August 14, 2017. First stop: Ridgewood, NJ. Next stop: Long Island, New York – my neighborhood.

Hail to the Chin is a sequel to his first memoir, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor

Released in 2001, the first book became a New York Times Bestseller. It covers the early years of Bruce Campbell’s career, up till the end of the 20th century. It includes how he and his pals, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, accomplished the not-so-quick-and-easy task of making the original Evil Dead film. 

Metaphorically referred to as part two of a three-act story, Hail to the Chin picks up where If Chins left off.

Bruce managed to summarize his preceding “confessions” in the opening pages of his new book, which then brings the reader up to speed. This next batch of insightful rants span over the last 20 years – Bruce Campbell’s “maturing years” in the biz.

While 300+ local fans and I waited for him to speak at the Book Revue, here in good ole Long Island, his new pages kept me occupied. I read the first few chapters and laughed out loud in several parts. That’s Bruce for ya. Sharp, honest, and witty.

As a filmmaker, I find a lot of value in his anecdotes. The film business isn’t easy. It’s refreshing to see the reality from the inside out. 

Bruce explains his struggles with his post-Army of Darkness TV career. How Brisco County Jr. failed to renew after its first season, due to unsatisfactory ratings. How Jack of All Trades – shot in New Zealand – failed around the time Peter Jackson claimed all local film and television crew, to create that 3-part epic, Lord of the Rings. 

Then, it was just about showtime. I carefully closed the book, placed it in my messenger bag, and… 3, 2, 1…

The crowd exploded. Figuratively. 

Standing before us, in the far corner of the bookstore, was the Man of the Hour. And, he didn’t waste any time either. He dove right into the Q&A, which lasted no longer than 7-10-minutes. He knew he was in for a long night. 

Before the rapid-fire Q&A session, he prepared us for the forthcoming signing procedure. There were no personalized autographs; however, he was generous enough to allow one additional item get signed. That extra item could’ve been anything… Posters; action-figures; body parts… You name it, he’d sign it.

I managed to capture some video of Mr. Campbell, from my third row seat. Below are 2 clips that range from 40-75 seconds each. Or, if you’d like to watch the entire Q&A, please scroll down to the bottom of this post. 

Clip 1 of 2: Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead

Clip 2 of 2: Bruce Campbell Gives You Some Sugar

You can find Hail to the Chin at your local bookstore, or on Amazon.com.

Stay groovy, my friends.

Mike Polizzi 

Here’s the full Q&A video: