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Bruce Campbell Says He Can’t Physically Play Ash Williams Anymore

This Hurts Our Heart

by Trey Hilburn III

If you recall Bruce Campbell touring the country back in the 90s, you would also recall a spry, crazy dude that would do insane flips on stage to raucous applause. These are the flips that he did in Evil Dead 2 when he was battling his possessed hand. Campbell is one of the coolest dudes around to be certain. However, his recent comment in an interview with Collider sort of broke our hearts a bit and reminded us that we are all getting older… and that kinda sucks.

In the interview, Campbell says that the physical demand of playing Ash Williams is just too much for him at this age. He goes on to say that he felt the strain big time during the production of Starz Ash Vs. Evil Dead series.

“I’m done playing Ash, so that determines a lot of where we go with the franchise without that character, but there are more stories.” Campbell went on to tell Collider “Ash is gone. I’ve retired the character because I physically just can’t do him anymore, so why bother? Why do I do it? It’s time to hang up the chainsaw. But we still are filmmakers, we’re still producers, we’re still creative-type dudes, so we were like, ‘How do we keep this going otherwise?’ Sam [Raimi] handpicked Fede Alvarez to do the remake a few years ago. He handpicked Lee Cronin for this one. These are Sam Raimi proteges that we hope will do a good job.”

We are all seriously lucky to have had all that amazing time with Campbell’s Ash. The guy is one of a kind and it’s a true gift that he gave us each and every time. His time as Ash was brilliant. Like all great things we naturally don’t want it to end, but there is a real pure radness that comes with quitting on your own terms.

We still have many more Evil Dead stories to visit, so in that right the world that Campbell gave us with Sam Raimi will keep living. The upcoming next chapter, Evil Dead: Rise is being produced by both Campbell and Raimi and being directed by Lee Cronin.

The only thing we would love to get back to is another Evil Dead film that is directed by Sam Raimi. Sure, Fede Alvarez and Cronin are awesome. But, nothing can compare to the unique eye and direction that Raimi has. I am still holding out hope that Raimi directs another Evil Dead or two… I would even settle for a sequel or prequel to Drag Me to Hell.

Sincerely, Bruce. We are eternally grateful for each and every moment you gave us with Ash. We love you.