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Burn Notice Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is a transcript of an Interview with Bruce Campbell on April 6, 2011 about the the Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe movie.

Bruce Campbell

Question:
What was it like shooting in Columbia?

Bruce Campbell:
Columbia was challenging but therefore authentic. You know, because the story actually takes place there. Normally what happens in Hollywood is they say it takes place in Columbia and they shoot it in Burbank, California. So it was kind of refreshing to go to the actual place. But as a result it was very difficult.

Question:
Did you have to change your shirt as often as you do in Miami or did you get used it to the heat?

Bruce Campbell:
Oh no, in Bogota, Columbia it's about 65 degrees on average down to about 50 at night. So they're near the equator but they are at 8600 feet. So they have a strange sameness about their weather. So it actually it was not Miami at all even though we're near the equator.

Question:
What new things will we learn about Sam?

Bruce Campbell:
That he was actually once very confident and capable and responsible and showupable. You know, because I think Burn Notice sometimes portrays him as being a little more casual or lazy or whatever. And in this movie it's five years ago. And it's Sam's last mission and it's back when he used to be like a real solider. And he used to actually like work for a living. So that's what it is. You get to see Sam being like a real solider.

Question:
Will we see any changes in Sam for Season 5 now that we have this back story?

Bruce Campbell:
Well you might, you might actually because Matt Nix has made it clear that because of this prequel if you will an event that took place five years ago, Sam Axe had a bit of a run end with the CIA. Ironically Michael Westen is now getting back in with the CIA five years later. But that might not be a good thing for Sam Axe. Because Sam Axe can normally you know, as a guy who knows a guy, he knows county, federal, state, you know, Sam knows a lot of guys. But his little run in with the CIA might actually cause him let's just say a few glitches in the future.

Matt Nix made that clear that there will be some incidents that if you didn't see the Sam Axe movie you won't get it in Season 5. So you have to watch the TV movie not because of me, but because of the sake of the story. So if you don't watch it you'll be lost. It's like Lost you'll be lost.

Question:
As far as the back story that we're dealing with here, did you get to have any input into this like things that you had imagined with Sam or was it completely just Matt and the writers?

Bruce Campbell:
Well you have to allow Matt Nix who created the character in the show to do their main work. And then sometimes once it gets put on paper I'll have input after that of like well can we do this, or not say that, or try to fix that or whatever. So mostly you'll let them have first whack at it and then we sort of jump in later as actors. But it's a give and take process but mostly we let good writers do their thing.

Question:
What did you find most challenging about filming down in Columbia?

Bruce Campbell:
Being the leading man again. Jeffrey Donovan is number 1 on the call sheet in Burn Notice. And I'm Number 2. And in the Sam Axe Movie I'm Number 1 and boy that's a drag let me tell you. It reminds me of the old days where you had to show up everyday and work all day long and like you know, be the hero. So I had to kind of get back into that mode.

Question:
The movie is directed by your Burn Notice co-Star Jeffrey Donovan. How different is it working with him as a director as opposed to working with him as a co-star?

Bruce Campbell:
He's a task master. Well as an actor he's very seasoned, he's been around for a while. And as a director he's newer, but he did an episode last year that I was in very heavily and I got to work with him a lot. And we were like wow, you actually are a good director. So this came up and we were on the set together and he said hey, whose directing that Sam Axe Movie? And I was like well we have a couple guys on the list. He goes can you put me on your list? I was like yes, sure, whatever. So later it kind of worked out that he worked his way up the list and finally I encouraged everyone to support it. And so we got him to do it. And he did a great job. So thankfully my vision will be vindicated. Question:
Did you lobby to get this prequel?

Bruce Campbell:
You know what this is Matt Nix's ideal. He sort of came forward with an idea in a way to you know, like any show that's been on the air for three, four, five years you want to start expanding the show. So this was Matt's idea to create something outside the show yet within the show.

And I was all for it and the opportunity arose to get Jeffery Donovan to direct it. So we thought well this is perfect do a prequel - you know, because you could conceivably do Fiona before she got to Miami. You know, doing an ass kicking her taking people out with carnage and mayhem. And you could also do Michael Westen's last mission before he got burned. So there is a lot of back story you could do. And I'm not telling you any secrets or spoilers here. But you know, that's the idea behind this movie to expand the show.

Question:
Can you tell me anything about you that would surprise fans?

Bruce Campbell:
I'm very unheroic. I mean I saved a dog from drowning in an icy pond once. But beyond that that's the lack of my heroics. The rest of my heroics are written by writers and performed by stunt people.

Question:
Burn Notice always has such a good balance of action with some romance thrown in. What do we see in the movie with romance for Sam?

Bruce Campbell:
Oh he's going to get some. Keely Sanchez is my co-Star. And she's from The Blade. That's also being shot in you know, just north of where we're shooting. And she's awesome, in the movie she's great. And in relativity she's kind of like a little hottie. So yes, Sam is going to get some that's all I can say.

Question:
Is there any chance we'll see her on Burn Notice?

Bruce Campbell:
That's probably kind of weird and not going to happen. Because they take place five years apart you know, the prequel and the show. So you know, who knows I don't know. But she is like a TV star now so we can't get her, we can't afford her.

Question:
What do you think of Sam's Tommy Bahama wardrobe?

Bruce Campbell:
Well I wore that before Burn Notice so to me it's normal. I've always liked that relaxed style. So when you know, Burn Notice came up and wore Tommy Bahama I was like that's perfect. Just give me the normal shirts that I wear. So I'm all over it, I could be the spokesman. We did a list currently I think I've worn 250 different Tommy Bahama shirts. So I should get like basically a truckload of free shirts.

Question:
You once said that you became an actor because it was the only career you could think of that allowed you to screw around all day and get paid for it. Do you still see it that way?

Bruce Campbell:
Yes because I just took a bike ride for no apparent reason today in Southern Florida for about you know, three hours. Going in no particular direction because I have to work tomorrow but I didn't work today and I worked the day before. So today's not a work day so I get to not work. So I'm sort of a professional delinquent.

Question:
Can you talk a little bit more about where we'll find Sam and Company in the next season of Burn Notice?

Bruce Campbell:
Well I never know because the writers don't tell us and we don't ask. The script comes in and we go oh wow, weird I'm doing that now okay. All right good. Because we really don't know the big picture. You know, we think we know everything but we don't. The writer is the only person who knows everything. So Matt Nix has it kind of planned out buts its secret and you know, so we sort of get it in dribs and drabs. But we're - I'm excited. Every script I read I'm excited.

Question:
Where would you like to see Sam?

Bruce Campbell:
Oh just keep him around just don't kill him. But you know, don't hit him with a bus, you know. That's all. Just keep him alive.

Question:
If you could be Sam in the real world what would be your most compelling argument to do so?

Bruce Campbell:
Well I'm mostly Sam, without the military. I'm a laid back guy who likes to have fun but \I haven't been part of the military.

Question:
What kind of challenge it was for you physically as an actor to play a younger Sam Axe, even if it's only five years?

Bruce Campbell:
Hey five is bad enough. Well I had to revisit the mountains behind my house in Oregon. When I knew that we were actually going to make this movie I went okay, Bogota is 8600 feet elevation. I have mountains that are 7,000 feet let's try that. o I did a lot of hiking in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon to get ready. And that and hair dye. And I got to shave the first time we got to shave. The whole movie I'm like I'm clean shaven. My mother is so delighted. Oh, you look so handsome because you shaved. You know, that's all mothers care about.

Question:
Any progress on the My Name is Bruce sequel.

Bruce Campbell:
Well we have to get a script that doesn't stink right now. We have one but it's not really worthy of our fans. So we're kind of working on that for the next year so. We are you know, applying ourselves.

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