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The Daily Telegraph

10 March 2005

Bruce Campbell - Darwin Weirdest City


Darwin weirdest city: actor
By Jonathon Moran

DARWIN is the weirdest city American actor Bruce Campbell has visited so much so that he is thinking about making a film based on his adventures there.

Campbell visited Australia often in the 1990s when he lived in New Zealand while filming Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

"Darwin is probably the weirdest city I have ever been to because you have got tonnes of expat Americans running around in their little Speedos, bombed out of their minds," Campbell said while in Sydney to promote his latest flick Bubba Ho-Tep.

"It is a place that is very locked down yet there is a Wild West feel to it. There were crab races in the lobby of the hotel."
Campbell, who has worked both in front of and behind the camera, said Darwin would make a very interesting location for a film.
"What I like is the scope of Australia," he said.

"It is probably bigger than the US and has most of its population on the outside."

Campbell spent six years living in Auckland, directing Xena and Hercules.

He may best known for his Evil Dead movies with director Sam Raimi and might also be recognised from the two Spider-Man films. His other acting credits include Army of Darkness, Escape from LA, The Quick and the Dead, McHale's Navy and The Ladykillers.

"In the entertainment factory, I want to be a muse just like everybody else," he laughed.

Bubba Ho-tep claims to tell the "true" story of what became of Elvis Presley. Campbell plays Elvis as an elderly resident of a Texas nursing home who teams up with a fellow resident to fight off an Egyptian mummy.

"It is a story ultimately of redemption, of how Elvis gets his mojo back," Campbell said.

"I hope that anyone who doesn't want to see the typical Reese Witherspoon-type movie will come and see Bubba Ho-Tep."
Campbell unashamedly described the film as "weird-ass".

"It is a weird-ass movie but I would also say it is very irreverent," he said.

"It is not a mean-spirited movie and that is one of the things that appealed to me. So many movies want to be edgy and I think as a result, they leave people cold."

Bubba Ho-Tep is in cinemas now.

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