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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of A B Movie Actor

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ISBN13: 9780312291457
ISBN10: 0312291450
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"The bulk of the book is about the grueling experience that became The Evil Dead...and it'll certainly enhance your appreciation for the finished product knowing the sheer amount of hardship and pain the cast and (tiny) crew endured....Bruce also covers the ill fated Crimewave shoot and of course the following flicks as well....[A] must-have for...[fans] of Bruce Campbell, but more importantly it also allows insight into the [movie] business and its pitfalls and virtues....[R]equired reading for knowledge and entertainment (lots of it) from one of our favorite B movie actors." CHUD.com

Review:

"A charming memoir..." Cinescape Magazine

Review:

"It's the only book I ever read that I didn't have to..." Slacker College Student, Buffalo, NY

Review:

"This book is indispensable to anyone inspiring to a career as an actor, director, producer of just about any other aspect of moviemaking...a fast enjoyable read." Fangoria

Review:

"With a quirky assortment of rants, as well as self-deprecating chapter titles like 'The Higher the Budget, the Lower the Part,' he's like the dinner guest you wish would never leave." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"An insightful and rant-filled guide to being almost famous." GQ

Synopsis:

So, another actor writes a book about their glamorous, whirlwind life. Personally, as an ex-Detroiter, that crap bores me to tears. I've always been more interested in the working stiffs of Hollywood, 99% of whom are overlooked in those phony, "tell-all" books. For every Bruce Willis and Steven Spielberg, there are a hundred no-name slobs scraping out a living in a shockingly difficult profession.

Therefore, this is not a memoir about what I said to So-and-so at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It's also not about an actor's "meteoric" rise, or "tragic" fall. Rather, this book is dedicated to the players on the second string, the "B" people, if you will, and I cheerfully include myself in that lot.

Published by St. Martin's Press, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor is an autobiography chronicling the life of Bruce Campbell from his earliest childhood anecdotes to the conclusion of the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Witty and down-to-earth, Campbell relates his ascension into obscurity and his misadventures as a cult icon.

In addition to the text, If Chins Could Kill is also highly visual, boasting an image on almost every page, including photos and documents from Campbell's archives, screen captures, and original supplemental graphic art by Craig Sanborn.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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cajunbliss, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by cajunbliss)
My husband would read excerpts out of this book and crack me up all the time. Mischievous and delightful, the story of one the most enigmatic of actors Bruce Campbell is absolutely appealing. Pick it up today!
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TheTacomaster, February 14, 2008 (view all comments by TheTacomaster)
Probably the only biography that I read simply for the sake of leisure. The only one, for sure, that I'd read again for the same reason. Even if you're not quite an obsessive "Deadite" or an "Ashfan12678", this is absolutely worth the read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312291457
Author:
Campbell, Bruce
Publisher:
L.A. Weekly Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Campbell, Bruce
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 265
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes over 200 black-and-white photog
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.29 x 6.15 x 0.865 in

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Product details 368 pages L A Weekly Books - English 9780312291457 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The bulk of the book is about the grueling experience that became The Evil Dead...and it'll certainly enhance your appreciation for the finished product knowing the sheer amount of hardship and pain the cast and (tiny) crew endured....Bruce also covers the ill fated Crimewave shoot and of course the following flicks as well....[A] must-have for...[fans] of Bruce Campbell, but more importantly it also allows insight into the [movie] business and its pitfalls and virtues....[R]equired reading for knowledge and entertainment (lots of it) from one of our favorite B movie actors."
"Review" by , "A charming memoir..."
"Review" by , "It's the only book I ever read that I didn't have to..."
"Review" by , "This book is indispensable to anyone inspiring to a career as an actor, director, producer of just about any other aspect of moviemaking...a fast enjoyable read."
"Review" by , "With a quirky assortment of rants, as well as self-deprecating chapter titles like 'The Higher the Budget, the Lower the Part,' he's like the dinner guest you wish would never leave."
"Review" by , "An insightful and rant-filled guide to being almost famous."
"Synopsis" by , So, another actor writes a book about their glamorous, whirlwind life. Personally, as an ex-Detroiter, that crap bores me to tears. I've always been more interested in the working stiffs of Hollywood, 99% of whom are overlooked in those phony, "tell-all" books. For every Bruce Willis and Steven Spielberg, there are a hundred no-name slobs scraping out a living in a shockingly difficult profession.

Therefore, this is not a memoir about what I said to So-and-so at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It's also not about an actor's "meteoric" rise, or "tragic" fall. Rather, this book is dedicated to the players on the second string, the "B" people, if you will, and I cheerfully include myself in that lot.

Published by St. Martin's Press, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor is an autobiography chronicling the life of Bruce Campbell from his earliest childhood anecdotes to the conclusion of the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Witty and down-to-earth, Campbell relates his ascension into obscurity and his misadventures as a cult icon.

In addition to the text, If Chins Could Kill is also highly visual, boasting an image on almost every page, including photos and documents from Campbell's archives, screen captures, and original supplemental graphic art by Craig Sanborn.

"Synopsis" by ,
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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