If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

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Macmillan, Aug 24, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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Okay, so at least you're interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine.

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. Bookstores are chock full of household name actors and their high stakes shenanigans. I don't want to be a spoilsport, but we've all been down that road before.

Case in point: look to your left - see that Judy Garland book? You don't need that, you know plenty about her already - great voice, crappy life. Now look to your right at the Charlton Heston book. You don't need to cough up hard-earned dough for that either. You know his story too - great voice, crappy toupee.

The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already and read like the wind!

Best,
Bruce Campbell

P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.

 

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'If Chins Could Kill' is the biography of Bruce Campbell, star of the 'Evil Dead' movie series, TV's 'Brisco County Jr.,' and more. He has a cult following owing to his wise-cracking everyman hero ... Read full review

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I never read biographies, and generally don't read non fiction, but for Bruce Campbell [star of the Evil Dead trilogy] I'd do both! Funny, funny book. Entertaining, interesting and just plain good! Read full review

Contents

The Proving Grounds
1
Beheld the Future and the Future Was Play
19
The Assembly of LikeMinded Individuals
23
Highjinks School
35
SuperDuper8
43
First Look Under the Hood
45
College Schmollege
51
Low Man on a Greased Totem
55
Back to Basics
171
Go West Young Man
177
Cahing in on the Cult
183
The Dark Side of Ambition
189
Second Time is the Charm
201
A Fly on the Darkman Wall
203
Evil Dead Goes Hollywood
207
Anatomy of a Paycheck
217

Driving Miss Crazy
59
The Humble Beginning of the Humble Beginning
63
The Midwest Is the Thing
65
The Prototype
69
Theres No Budget Like LowBudget
73
Three Schmoes in Search of a Clue
77
Do You Validate?
81
The Quest for Moolah
83
What Else Have I Got to Do for the Next Six Weeks?
91
On Your Marks Get Set
101
Aftermath
119
The Quest for MoolahPart II
127
The First Picture Show
135
Birth of a Salesman
137
LaLaLand
143
Beware the Spores
147
Playing Kick the Cannes
151
The Downside of the Upside
153
Working in the Industry
155
The First Hollywood Film
161
Long Live the Hud
219
Life in the Fast Lane
223
Be Quick or Youre Dead
233
A Madness to My Method
237
Fanalysis
245
Doing the TV Shuffle
251
X Marks the Spot
257
Quest for the Holy Grail
259
The Higher the Budget the Lower the Part
263
Messin with the Myth
275
Suiting Up
279
Leather and Mace
285
Warrior SpinOff
289
Full Circle
293
What You Dont See Is What You Get
297
Chins Across America The Tour
299
Acknowledgments
339
Photo Credits
343
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Bruce Campbell is the ultimate "B" actor with an ever growing fanbase. His films in the "Evil Dead" series are cult favorites and his TV roles spark the same enthusiasm. He lives in Oregon.

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