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A collection of quotes, one-liners and sayings by Bruce Campbell on Hollywood, role, horror, character, business, comedy, audience, and classic.

35 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Bruce Campbell

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Bruce Campbell is a celebrated American comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer. He is renowned for his portrayal in ‘Evil Dead’ franchise as 'Ash Williams.' He began his career in 1978 with a short film titled, ‘Within the Woods.’ He has appeared in a number of low-budget cult films including, ‘Bubba Ho-Tep,’ ‘Maniac Cop,’ ‘Crimewave,’ and ‘Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat’ amongst various others. As far as his television career is considered, he has played the lead in ‘Jack of All the Trades,’ and ‘The Adventures of Brisco Country, Jr.’ We have gathered a number of sayings and quotes by Bruce Campbell which have been collected from his writings, thoughts, movies, dialogues, interviews, utterances, works, and life. Here is a collection of noteworthy quotes and thoughts by Bruce Campbell.

Once you look past the hype, actors are nothing more than fugitives from reality who specialize in contradiction: we are both children and hardened adults—wide-eyed pupils and jaded working stiffs.

- If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Bruce Campbell

If you ain't got socks, you ain't got much. But if you got 'em, you might as well pull 'em up. It's a statement of self-sufficiency. We should all be more self-governed.

- Bruce Campbell

People who sleep around to get roles are frail and scared and most likely without talent. It's their own little horror show that only they can deal with.

- Bruce Campbell

The prospects were depressing: Adulthood meant that I'd have to stop having fun and do something I didn't really want to do for the rest of my life – which was apparently a considerable chunk of time.

- If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Bruce Campbell

All men think they're fascinating. In my case, it's justified.

- Bruce Campbell

We make our own problems every time. Everything that we complain about is something we can solve.

- Bruce Campbell

I'm not really that sick of Evil Dead. I can trace all roots back to The Evil Dead movies, so I have nothing against them. It's just that I've done more non-Evil Dead stuff; it's not the only thing I've done. There are some actors who have done a cult movie and they are forever going to be the Policeman #2 in Plan 9 From Outer Space.

- Bruce Campbell

Only comedies can get you that engaged in a movie, dramas people just sort of sit there and eat their popcorn and nothing really happens, they might cry a little bit, but that's it. Horror movies are talking at the screen, guys are elbowing each other, laughing at each other because they got scared. That's the beauty of a horror movie.

- Bruce Campbell

Sometimes you fail your chemistry test and other times it's explosive.

- Bruce Campbell

Genres pop up and get hot and then they die down.

- Bruce Campbell

The Way I See It: If you're worried about getting a job-or keeping one-start a company of your own. By doing so, you'll reap the rewards of your hard work and you'll only get fired if you fail. This is the land of opportunity. Live in it.

- Bruce Campbell

All entertainment is an element of fantasy because you are seeing something that is not quite real. There is no such thing as reality TV. Reality TV would be to leave a camera on in front of someone's house. Just leave it on. Then whenever the person comes or goes walking the dog or getting groceries, that's what it would be like. Any time you make an edit, you've lost reality TV. You're either compressing time or extending. That's a term that's been overused and overexposed. I think it's fantasy movies that take the fantasy of movies even further.

- Bruce Campbell

If you go to Hollywood, you've already sold out.

- Bruce Campbell

Unlike most actors, I did not have a horrible childhood. Most actors have had miserable childhoods and they go into acting to hide from their real life. I had no problem playing in the woods all day. People just sort of left me alone. I think I'm gonna go back to those woods.

- Bruce Campbell

The prospects were depressing: Adulthood meant that I'd have to stop having fun and do something I didn't really want to do for the rest of my life – which was apparently a considerable chunk of time.

- Bruce Campbell

It's very gratifying that someone likes what you're selling.

- Bruce Campbell

It'll die down like every other genre, but horror has always been one of the four or five main genres that will never go away.

- Bruce Campbell

Horror I appreciate is one of the few genres that can wind the audience up and make them pay attention. I kind of like that. It's one of the few genres that can be very manipulative.

- Bruce Campbell

You'll lose about two million brain cells every minute that goes by.

- Bruce Campbell

It's smart to have a set of younger actors. People don't always want to look at me. They want to look at other people.

- Bruce Campbell

I don't care about the genre so much. I'm good with horror, but I like other genres, too.

- Bruce Campbell

'Evil Dead 1' was never supposed to have a sequel.

- Bruce Campbell

I'm not interested in making a $60-million studio film with a bunch of 24-year-olds telling me what to do.

- Bruce Campbell

You're not looking for the Rolls Royce and the big fancy trailer. Those are supposed to be the byproducts of having fun and then getting good at what you do.

- Bruce Campbell

We've all made bad decisions, but they haven't always been resulting in the deaths of innocent people.

- Bruce Campbell

Everybody's got brain matter in their hair, and somehow that makes it a very happy workplace.

- Bruce Campbell

I've managed to make a living in a very ridiculous business, and that's fine with me. The trick now is, after you've been in it for a while, you still have to remember to have fun.

- Bruce Campbell

You have to be careful with fans, they'll turn on you. They turn quick. Twitter can go dark fast. If you talk about something serious on Twitter, you better be ready. If you try to pull out real facts or talk about political opinions or something religious, forget it. Like if people asked me who I was voting for, you couldn't touch that one.

- Bruce Campbell

Funny stories on set - there are thousands of them, but they are only funny to the people who were on the movies. You start to have inside jokes and gallows humor. You have all kinds of things you laugh at, but as soon as you tell somebody, the joke falls flat because they don't know the context of it.

- Bruce Campbell

Producers might cast an actor because he is too tall next to the leading lady, who is too short, or they might not cast your guy because he's blond, and they wanted a brunette. There's all kinds of reasons why they want one person over another. I don't worry about it, but it can hurt sometimes if you really wanted something, if you really went after something.

- Bruce Campbell

Cult films last forever. I have been in plenty of films that no one will remember, so it is nice to be in some movies that some people do, and that they pass it along to the next generation I'm meeting kids named Ash now.

- Bruce Campbell

There shouldn't be any censorship. This is America. There shouldn't be any of this freedom of the press, freedom of expression, but having said that, I think what's important is that people who make movies don't try to falsely lure people in to see the movie that don't want to be there. A kid should not see Evil Dead and we knew that.

- Bruce Campbell

I think none of the humor in the first Evil Dead was intentional. We weren't that sophisticated. We got more sophisticated with Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness where you can start to manipulate the audience a little more, having more control over the medium instead of just trying to figure out how to do it. I suppose that's pretty normal with any craft. Every carpenter is better 20 years later.

- Bruce Campbell

You can't show up on set and expect it all to come together. You have to have a plan, much like how the director can't just show up and go, well, where should I put the camera? That is gonna determine how it is lit, you should have already been in the room looking at it earlier, pre-lit the room, you know there is a lot of prep that goes into it, so it is the same thing with acting. You can't just show up.

- Bruce Campbell

The happy medium is television. And if you find a good suitor, you can do it for years. With movies, you roll the dice. If people don't show that weekend, you're doomed. TV allows you to percolate a little bit, and it gives you a chance for people to find it.

- Bruce Campbell