cover image Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Bruce Campbell, with Craig Sanborn. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-12560-6

Best known as Ash from the Evil Dead films, Campbell (Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way) returns with another self-effacing memoir about his life on the big and small screen. Campbell provides a minirecap of his career, leading up to his second failure as a TV leading man, in the quickly cancelled series Jack of All Trades. That occurrence prompts him to move from Los Angeles to Oregon, where he distills lavender and joins the local Elks Club. But soon he is off to Bulgaria to make Sci-Fi Channel movies, wreck a Vespa, and get a nasty infection. Campbell is an amusing raconteur, sharing stories about shooting the indie film My Name Is Bruce in his backyard, working on his old friend Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies, and spending seven seasons on Burn Notice. Whether he is describing dealing with torn hamstrings during the Burn Notice shoot or crossing playing Santa Claus and Ronald Reagan off his bucket list, Campbell is always entertaining, and his smart-ass style makes for a groovy ride. He ends his book with his thoughts on both the Evil Dead movie remake and his current Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series. Fans will eagerly await a sequel. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writer’s House. (Aug.)