Comic-Con 2011: BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE; Plus, Bruce Campbell Talks EVIL Dead 4

     July 21, 2011


Fan-favorite Bruce Campbell had pages of one-liners ready as he took the stage alongside Burn Notice creator, Matt Nix. Always charismatic (and dressed boldly in a white sport coat, pink shirt and green pants) Campbell was on hand to joke with the crowd and talk about Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. Although the USA made-for-tv movie debuted on the network this past April, it’s now available on Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at Comic Con. While fans of Burn Notice will be happy to know that the series has been extended for season six, fans of Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe) will want to keep reading. Recently, Campbell tweeted about the progress of Evil Dead 4 but has said little else since then. He addressed the “elephant in the room” right off the bat. Hit the jump to see what he said.

bruce_campbell_evil_dead_2_movie_image_01To quote Bruce Campbell about the status of Evil Dead 4:

“Evil Dead will be remade, so shut up about it! I might be just the old guy at the end.”

Make what you will of that statement, but at least a Campbell cameo should be expected in the Federico Alvarez-directed reboot.

As far as what Nix and Campbell were actually at Comic-Con for, their panel opened with a clip montage from Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. For those unfamiliar with the show, it features Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a disavowed US spy. He joins Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Campbell (Sam Axe), a former Navy SEAL, in trying to root out the people who burned him. In The Fall of Sam Axe, the prequel to the Burn Notice series, we view Sam Axe’s last mission in Bogota, Colombia before he seeks refuge in Miami.

In a casual and hilarious back-and-forth between Campbell and Nix, the duo discussed aspects of Campbell’s portrayal of Sam Axe vs Ash from Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell said:

“Sam Axe is me on an ordinary day. Ash is me on my worst and stupidest day.”

When asked how he prepared for his role in the prequel movie and if he trained with any actual Navy SEALS, Campbell replied:

“I did two things to prepare for this role: Jack and Shit. I figured since it was a prequel, I just needed darker hair and less weight.”

burn-notice-fall-of-sam-axe-posterCampbell and Nix went on to talk about filming in Colombia and the difficulties that arose there. They screened a behind-the-scenes mockumentary titled The Fall of Jeffrey Donovan, who actually directed the prequel. It alludes to Donovan having a mental breakdown due to “altitude sickness” and shows him “going native.” The hilarious and farcical short can be seen on the Blu-ray and DVD.

And now, more of what everyone came here to read, more of Bruce Campbell’s one-liners and anecdotes:

– “I cheat on my wife all the time. It’s just in front of a camera.”

– A story about Campbell only wearing a t-shirt during filming even as the cast and crew huddled around a small fire, the Colombian crew was heard to remark: “El Gringo es Macho!”

– From The Fall of Jeffrey Donovan: “Don’t let them shoot Jeffrey! We need him for season 5!”

– When asked about a “scandalous” story from behind-the-scenes of Burn Notice, Campbell replied: “Donovan and I spend a lot of time together. We spend a lot of time in the Charger. One of those times, well, things got out of hand… or, I guess you could say, ‘in hand.’”

The presentation ended with a sneak peek of tonight’s new episode of Burn Notice, which can be viewed on the USA network Thursdays at 9pm.

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