Bruce Campbell confesses...

After appearing in many cult films and TV programs, he now has his own show once more in the shape of Jack of All Trades.

Steven Eramo traded rapier wit with the legend that is Bruce Campbell.

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It is late Saturday morning in Auckland, New Zealand and actor Bruce Campbell is resting up after a hard week of fighting French imperialism as the swashbuckling hero of the new syndicated action-adventure series Jack of All Trades. He plays Jack Stiles, an American secret agent working for President Thomas Jefferson in the 19th Century. “My character is the first international spy and Uncle Sam’s best, which tells you something about the state of the country at the time,” jokes Campbell.

“There are only two rules for this show,” explains the actor. “Rule number one is we have to do all we can to make it an entertaining half-hour. Number two is that at the end of the day, after all the innuendoes and dumb humor, Jack is a decent guy. The thing is, though, I’ve found that leading roles and hero roles can be horribly dull and as a result everyone turns their attention towards the character actors. I call that the Batman syndrome. You should be fascinated and enthralled by Batman, but, instead, as a viewer I’m saying, ‘Give me The Joker or The Riddler or The Penguin!’

“Your hero has to be as interesting as the bad guy, you know? You can do that by making him not the standard character and that’s what we’re trying to do with Jack Stiles. He’ll bend the law but not necessarily break it and I think the average viewer can relate to this more than to your typical altruistic hero. This also works on a comedic level, which means that you can have your good guy do all kinds of ridiculous things...”

The actor first worked with Jack of All Trades executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert back in 1979 as one of the executive producers and stars of the highly successful low-budget cult horror movie The Evil Dead. Campbell went on to co-produce and star in the sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.

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