Interview: Bruce Campbell And Gabrielle Anwar From 'Burn Notice'
Submitted by Emma on November 11, 2010 - 07:13 am
Interview: Bruce Campbell And Gabrielle Anwar From 'Burn Notice'
I was wondering what we should expect from the Sam Axe movie that you guys are getting ready to make?
Bruce Campbell: You should expect two hours of bad ass-ness, that's what you should expect.
Are we going to get to see you whoring around and drinking so more during it?
Bruce Campbell: No, because Sam's - this is Sam's last military mission, so I have to lose weight and dye my hair darker. Because it's a prequel, so I'm training in the mountains of Oregon right now. And I'm not even kidding.
Well, I'm looking forward to it, as I'm sure all the fans are.
Bruce Campbell: Yes, what it, I mean, but here's the cool thing about it, here's what's key. It does not have the fabulous, you know, Gabrielle Anwar, but we may, you know, approach her with lots of money for like, a telephone cameo or something. But it's mostly...
Gabrielle Anwar: Did we know each other back then?
Bruce Campbell: Probably. Knew of each other, because if Mike was still active and I was active, I would have known that you and him were doing the...
Gabrielle Anwar: Right, right, right.
Bruce Campbell: ...the nasty. So...
Gabrielle Anwar: I'll have my people call your people.
Bruce Campbell: Thank you, that's a good idea. But Matt Nix has put a component of this next season, Season 5, he put a component, he plants a seed in the TV movie that will come to fruition in Season 5, which I think is pretty fun.
Gabrielle Anwar: Oh, yeah.
Bruce Campbell: So if you really want to be the Burn Notice junkie, you've got to watch that TV movie. And it's not for my sake, it's for the, you know, for the viewer's sake.
Obviously you've played Ash again and again, but this is the longest you've continuously played a single character. What have been surprises playing a character so long?
Bruce Campbell: Actually, Autolycus from Hercules has been longer.
Stefan Blitz: Oh, was it? Okay.
Bruce Campbell: Yes, I played that '95 to 2000. So starting Season 5, Burn Notice will tie the record. We've been committed for Season 6. So I think once Season 6 rolls around, that'll be a record.
Okay. Fair enough, but have there been any surprises playing a character for so long?
Bruce Campbell: No, the surprises are that there are no surprises. And that's the good news, that you get to know a character, therefore it allows you to then play with it. It's like once you learn the instrument, then you can play with it. So, because you know, you make a movie sometimes and the first two weeks, I want to throw that footage out, because you don't know what you're doing with that character.
It's only three, four weeks into it. So I'm actually glad with a TV show, you get to kind of finesse it over time and so do the writers. They get to watch how they - it's up to them, ultimately.
How have the writers made Sam more like you over the years?
Bruce Campbell: Well, they sometimes will slip in vernacular that I say or ways that I say something, or if I have trouble saying what they've written sometimes, we'll work with each other to figure out how I can say it. And then once they see how I talk, sometimes they'll adapt to that, you know? So it's just practical stuff.
You guys film on location. Is there a huge difference between shooting there or say, L.A.? Do you prefer shooting on location?
Bruce Campbell: I'm contractually obligated to say that I like shooting on location, so that's what I'll say. Well, here's what it is, Miami, on film, terrific, looks great. We are kind of mandated to shoot outside 60% of the time so that you actually see Miami as a character.
And it's great. Florida should send us a check for tourism every week because that city looks awesome in our hands and, you know, it's a cool, dynamic city. But it can be problematic with the heat and the rain because you're basically in the jungle.
Yes, well it does look beautiful.
Bruce Campbell: Yes, it does, the clouds are unbelievable there.
And just one more question. What's your - you've been at this for such a long time. What's your advice to actors?
Bruce Campbell: Become a producer. Because, you know, I did that to get my first job. Evil Dead was 31 years ago now, my - the first Evil Dead movie. And, you know, I was one of the producers who made the movie and so there was no issue of who - how I was going to get that part.
I was just going to have that part. So, you know, there are ways to do the end run, but they're never the easy way. You know, an actor should never sit back and assume that there's only one way to get a job. Take control. We live in America, be here now.
Chuck Finley, one name, many men. Which one is your favorite?
Bruce Campbell: Which Chuck Finley usage, you mean?
Bruce Campbell: The one recently where I wore a white suit and I had to infiltrate the world of a - like a guy who hustles women. And so he had to, you know, be a player and, you know, look like a swinger and act like a swinger and that was a lot of fun.
CExcellent. And can you tell me, which moment do you think, where after you saw the - after the footage was shot and I don't know if you see dailies or anything and you saw it and you said, "You know what? I've got the character now, I understand it." And that's the defining moment. Do you have a moment like that?
Bruce Campbell: No, there's never a defining moment.
Bruce Campbell: No, because it's always, it's, you know, like life, we're a moving target. So the character's always a moving target. You'll find out his flaws and his strengths, you know, I'd like to find out that Sam's a really good bowler.
But it'll take awhile to get that out, you know? But hopefully, that's the things you can do if you stay on the air long enough, you can fool around with different parts of their character.
Get him in a bowling league? Sounds good.
Bruce Campbell: And I want him to, you know, kick Michael Westen's butt.
I would love to see that.
Bruce Campbell: And Fiona could do all the trick shots, she could get all the splits and stuff. Sam's just, blast it down. You know, he just wants to just, blow all the pins to smithereens. Michael Westen has to use the kiddy bumpers.
The guards, the bumper guards.
Bruce Campbell: The guards, yes.
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beachdreaming posted on: 11.12.2010 - 11:17:31 am
Good read Emma. Have the new episode sitting on my DVR.
kerrmudgeon posted on: 11.12.2010 - 12:11:02 pm
I think Sam and Maddie could make it work.
jay1814 posted on: 11.22.2010 - 12:32:10 pm
caitlynk posted on: 11.29.2010 - 08:03:06 pm
I love that you asked Bruce Campbell if there would ever be anything more between Sam and Maddie! And I love even more that Bruce said 'no.' They do have a cute relationship, but that really would be way to creepy!
caitlynk posted on: 11.29.2010 - 08:03:45 pm
I misspelled 'too.'
Emma posted on: 11.30.2010 - 08:55:28 am
haha yeah that was my favorite part. :-) "Because if you're a loyal friend, you don't sleep with their mother." haha :-) It would be incredibly creepy though.
caitlynk posted on: 12.02.2010 - 12:07:45 am
hahaha yeah, I think my favorite quote was, "...and Gabrielle loves to boss the directors around, so that works out fine." :)
marilynbmonroe posted on: 12.04.2010 - 08:58:19 pm
I love this. Thanks for the great interview. Burn Notice has to be one of the best shows on now.