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It’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a "B" movie king in an "A" movie world.Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in If Chins Could Kill with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions.Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are nIt’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a "B" movie king in an "A" movie world.Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in If Chins Could Kill with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions.Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the Spiderman movies to his self-referential My Name is Bruce to his role on #1 show Burn Notice and his new STARZ hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.Over the last 15 years, Bruce has become a regular on the Wizard World convention circuit, has created his @GroovyBruce twitter account with over 400,000 followers and a Facebook page with almost 250,000 likes. His profile and reach is lightyears beyond where it was for Chins.Hail to the Chin will be bursting with pictures and the signature humor that Bruce brought to If Chins Could Kill and will be devoured by his legions of fans across the country....

Title : Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
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ISBN : 9781250125606
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor Reviews

  • J.K. Grice
    2019-02-18 22:45

    Any fans of Bruce Campbell, or just a cool memoir period, should definitely enjoy HAIL TO THE CHIN. This book is chock full of Bruce's life stories and acting history, all delivered in that wonderfully funny and edgy Bruce Campbell way. I now realize that I haven't really dug deeply enough into Bruce's catalog of TV roles and films. I had no idea he was in a USA network series called BURN NOTICE that was a huge hit. I'm also fairly ashamed to admit that I have not seen the entire EVIL DEAD trilogy, but ARMY OF DARKNESS is one of my favorite cult classics of all time, and I watch it every year. When Bruce played Elvis in Bubba Ho Tep, I was absolutely blown away not only by his performance, but just by the sincerity and heart of the film regarding aging and dignity. So do yourself a favor, take one on THE CHIN and enjoy this excellent read!

  • Jim
    2019-02-18 21:54

    Again, I'm impressed by Campbell's second autobiography, an excellent follow up to If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. If you haven't read that, he sums it up quickly in a PreRamble at the beginning. That sets the whole tone of the book. He doesn't take his life or work too seriously.He seems like such a regular working guy & he seems very honest about his life. For instance, he's mouthing off after a party one night & John Carpenter tells him to shut up. Hey, it happens, but telling everyone about it? There's not a lot of ego working here, but there sure are a lot of interesting experiences.I'm enough of a fan that I've watched most of his movies & TV series. I can't say I loved "The Man With The Screaming Brain", but it was fun. Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) was a great mad scientist. To read about how & why it was made in Bulgaria was really interesting & contained a lot of great anecdotes. Ditto for "My Name Is Bruce" & "Ash Versus The Evil Dead". It took me a while to get through this because I only read it during lunch. That means it wasn't enthralling enough for me to make time for it after work, so I can't give it 5 stars. I certainly looked forward to lunch time each day, though.

  • Scott
    2019-03-21 22:43

    I did not want this to end.

  • Ace Boggess
    2019-03-12 01:48

    Groovy. This is a fascinating and, at times, hilarious take on the actor's further adventures. Well worth reading, this book is fun and insightful. It delves into the movie-making process, the creation of Syfy Channel cheese and, eventually, genuine cable and then pay-cable success. Oddly, it's the successful years that find Campbell writing the least interesting, at times devolving into lengthy acceptance-speech style thank-you lists. The low-budget B-movie years of the early 2000s when filming movies such as Bubba Hotep and Alien Apocalypse come across with so much color and comic misadventure that the book is worth reading just for those stories. All in all, this is a fun read ... with pictures, too, and a cameo from Shatner. How can you beat that?

  • Don H.M
    2019-03-16 23:54


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  • Kyle Burley
    2019-02-18 21:59

    Said it before and I'll say it again. Bruce is a cool guy to hang out with for 300 pages, or so.

  • Jacob
    2019-02-27 17:58

    A good followup to If Chins Could Kill. Campbell's clearly found his voice already, and the book starts strong and continues with his directness and wit. Again, if you're strongly interested in actors' memoirs or this actor specifically, you probably know this book is for you. Otherwise I'm not sure whether you'd like it or not. It just might be witty and amusing enough in general to keep you going. Or it might be too specific to be worth reading.Campbell follows up by talking about what's happened since his first book, namely a strong career resurgence where he revisits some of what he was known for (his character Ash in the Evil Dead movies) and significant other things he did, like Burn Notice. I also enjoyed his mentions of various pilots and other projects he did that didn't go anywhere. It's fun to read his good-natured humor about it, and to get some insight into how Hollywood works.There are a lot of references to Bruce's wife Ida being with him when he travels for his work, and several mentions of his mother and her love of the American West, but I didn't see any references to his kids. Is he estranged from them? What are they doing with their lives? Maybe it's too painful a topic to address, or maybe they wanted their privacy, but it would be nice to know if either of those is the case.Bonus points for Campbell spending a good amount of time in the book expounding on how much he enjoys living in Oregon, and then ups his game by specifically loving Portland :) Also bonus points for speaking glowingly of Jonathan Frakes ;)

  • Thomas
    2019-03-02 22:47

    Have you read If Chins Could Kill? If not, then this book isn't for you. It picks up where that book concludes, telling the second half of Bruce Campbell's career as a B-Movie actor. Starting here would be unwise, since the bulk of what made Bruce Campbell a B-Movie star is covered in that book.Also, if you haven't read If Chins Could Kill, then you're missing out on an entertaining yarn. It's not the most well-written memoir on the market, but it's honest, self-effacing, and a little bit egotistical (in other words, it's Pure Bruce). Hail to the Chin is written in that same style, complemented with the snarky pictures that made his previous book even more entertaining. It focuses on his life as an Oregonian home-owner, his time making Burn Notice and The Man with the Screaming Brain (among other, lesser-known shows and movies), and takes us up to the revival of Evil Dead with the Starz show Ash vs. Evil Dead. It is, true to its subtitle, further confessions of what it takes to be a B-Movie actor.Do yourself a favor and read this book, but only if you've already read If Chins Could Kill. If you haven't do yourself an additional favor and read that book first.

  • Carolyn
    2019-02-23 19:43

    Ah Bruce Campbell, I'm sorry. I like your acting in Xena and Ash vs. Evil Dead, and I think you're funny and would love to meet you one day. But I'm just not a big enough fan to care about your life stories and work. I liked your mentions of Xena and Hercules and Lucy Lawless, and I read the last chapter about the reboot of AVED. It's an amazing show and I'm eagerly awaiting the new season in February. I had all three of your books on my wishlist/TBR and you sassed me on Twitter that one time (which was AWESOME) buuuuuuut I can't. If I can't read your newest and most updated stories, I'm certainly not going to go back and read the oldies.What makes this awkward is I made it though Kevin Sorbo's book and not yours... but shhhh. We just won't speak of that. Once again, I'm sorry! I'm still a bigger fan of you. 🙌🏻

  • Jennifer Seyfried
    2019-03-04 22:38

    If you liked his first book, If Chins Could Kill, then you will like this one too, which basically continues his story from where he left off 15 years ago, with lots of humor and a few silly pics. Lots of stories about filming syfy movies overseas, filming small roles in big budget pics with Sam Raimi, and filming Burn Notice in Miami. Also some interesting parts about his goodwill tour to the troops with Burn Notice co-star Jeffrey Donovan, some convention stories, and some stories about renovating and then filming on his wilderness land in Oregon. And, of course, the story of how Ash wound up starring in a series on Starz. Which I am quite disappointed is not coming back until February! But rest assured, it is coming back. But read this book in the meantime to tide you over.

  • Derek
    2019-03-07 21:58

    Great book. Bruce is one of my favorite actors, and this is a great read for a fan. Hearing stories about not only his Hollywood career, but anecdotes of his personal life was just a treat. I can’t wait to read his other two books.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-11 20:47

    3.8/5 stars. Fun little book. I enjoy Campbell's writing style, and his anecdotes give a good perspective on what it's like to be an actor. The book is littered with funny pictures/captions and it's a quick read.

  • Ricky
    2019-03-14 19:38

    Excellent follow to his original biography. Amazing, Bruce Campbell is awesome loved it.

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-03-06 18:46

    Logging the last of my 2017 reads today so that they'll count towards this year's Reading Challenge totals. Full review coming in early 2018.

  • Jason Schneeberger
    2019-02-24 18:35

    Picking up right where IF CHINS COULD KILL left off, Bruce takes us through the second half of his acting career, right up to the first season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD. This book was highly entertaining and informative, with my favorite part being about the making of ALIEN APOCALYPSE and MAN WITH A SCREAMING BRAIN in Bulgaria. There's some good stuff in there! The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is because of the lack of information on BUBBA HO-TEP; it was a two page part of the book and that was it. I get the feeling that that movie leaves a bad taste in Bruce's mouth for whatever reason, but it's a shame because I don't think I'm the only fan of it that would have loved to have a little more in depth knowledge about it's making, directly from Bruce.All in all though, this was a great book that had me laughing several times! I was happy to buy this directly from Bruce (and have my copy signed) at a recent book signing event. Any fan of Bruce's work should definitely check this one out.

  • Bryce
    2019-02-24 01:38

    Hail to the king.

  • Mark Higley
    2019-03-19 21:53

    Already liking it. If it is half as good as the first book, it will be worth the money.

  • Armand Rosamilia
    2019-03-13 01:59

    Loved it! What's not to like about this B movie icon? His further stories are interesting and he has such a great humor. Hopefully one day I'll get to meet the man and share a beer or three.

  • Leigh-Anne Yacovelli
    2019-02-27 01:35

    Quick and easy read. Perfect when a break is needed from the fighting on social media. Lots of Bruce Campbell funny responses and thoughts, while taking you through life and filming in Bulgaria, Miami, and Iraq.

  • Bookwhore Extraordinaire!
    2019-03-06 00:52

    Pure AwesomenessI got to meet Bruce Campbell when he was promoting "If Chins Could Kill". Cool guy. This book is humorous and was a great sequel to his first book.

  • Dave
    2019-02-26 17:35

    An enjoyable follow up to IF CHINS COULD KILL. While the first book certainly provides a keen insight into being a working stiff in the film industry, HAIL TO THE CHIN understandably shifts gears by exploring what it is like being an older, working, but fairly well off celebrity. Campbell still frequently points to the absurdities of the film and television industries, but there is no mistaking that Campbell has moved from the fringes of pop culture to the centre, a position which no doubt stems from the rise of geek culture.While Campbell still pokes fun at himself and shares some brutally honest stories about his work, gone are tales of financial struggle and hardships which made up a good chunk of the first book. In their place are stories of buying costars bikes, purchasing equipment to work his land, and financial haggling with studios, networks, and conventions. While such tales risk coming across as a bit out of touch with the world of economic inequality we live in, they mainly serve to illustrate the realities of why steadily actors develop certain lifestyles and the business of geek culture.This isn't to say there are not frustrating aspects to some of the book. In a chapter about the making of the film "My Name Is Bruce," Campbell fails to address the subject of having cast Ted Raimi to perform a racial stereotype in yellow face, and given Campbell's shift from from cult star to legit celebrity over the past fifteen years, it is hard not to feel that his moments of self-depreciatory humour deflect from greater reflections about how celebrity, fandom, and industry intersect. As neat as some of the stories of celebrity get togethers are - particularly a tale of John Carpenter telling Campbell to shut up after a get together - it doesn't really get into complexities of the modern entertainment landscape where the boundaries between celebrity and fan, marketing and fan culture, etc. Have broken down.Still, HAIL TO THE CHIN is a worthwhile reads for fans of Campbell and for those interested in the entertainment industry in general. It is still bound to be more interesting and honest than a book from an A-list star.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-25 18:57

    I don’t want to hurt Bruce Campbell’s feelings, but let’s just say that the Evil Dead movies are not my cup of tea. However, they are my husband’s cup of tea. They are his whole tea pot. I chose this book mainly so that my husband could read it after I did. However, I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Hail to the Chin is Campbell’s follow-up to his first memoir, Confessions of a B-list Movie Star. In Hail to the Chin, he writes about the projects he’s worked on since Confessions. I appreciated the detail he went into about the more technical aspects of making a movie or TV show. That kind of thing interests me almost as much as reading behind the scenes dirt on actors. Because of that, I liked this book even though I haven’t actually seen many of Campbell’s projects.For instance, he shot the movie The Main with the Screaming Brain in Bulgaria to save money versus shooting in the United States. The lengths the team had to go through to make the locations feasible were pretty amazing. The movie is set in the United States so they had to figure out how to make that work with the fact that all of the signs were not in English and the streets were filled with obviously foreign cars that are not found on the streets in America. I want to see the movie now just to see how they pulled it off.There are many more stories along these lines. Campbell and Sam Raimi, director of Evil Dead and the Spiderman movies are childhood friends. Campbell always manages to talk Raimi into giving him parts in his blockbuster movies. It’s funny how he never expects a big role – he knows his limitations as an actor. He mainly wants to be in them to be a part of the action.I enjoyed this book even though I’m not a die-hard fan of Bruce Campbell and I think others would as well. I recommend this book for fans of course, but also for anyone who likes Hollywood memoirs or has an interest in how movies and television shows are made.

  • Dan Trudeau
    2019-03-17 02:03

    Back in the dim and distant 90s, my friends and I were big Evil Dead fans. To us, Bruce Campbell was on an equal level with A-listers like Tom Cruise. Back in those days, before the internet made famous and semi-famous people more accessible, a couple of us even wrote Mr. Campbell letters, which resulted in, shocker of schockers, him giving several of my buddies a phone call. I was tempted to do it myself, but it felt like going to the well one too many times. My friend, Ian, went to the University of Michigan and joined their film co-op, through which he managed to extend an invite to Bruce to attend a showing of Army of Darkness on campus. Even better, a group of us got to have dinner with him beforehand. By that point, I'd already met a couple authors and comic-book artists who's real-life personality had been, well, less than inspiring. It was much different with Bruce, though. He was upbeat, informative, funny, and he even answered our stupid questions. I can't say I made a good showing, as I was so overwhelmed I don't think I even completed most of my sentences (which I promised myself I'd never let happen again).I bring all this up because reading Hail to the Chin (and Confessions of a Chin before it) is just like hanging out with Bruce. He's just as funny and informative as you'd like him to be. He's tasted enough success and adulation to be confident, but eaten enough humble pie to also be down to Earth. His experiences run the gamut of micro-budget shoots in Bulgaria, to the day-in and day-out of making a successful TV show, to giant-studio films in LA. Oh, he went to Iraq too. I can't speak to how enjoyable this would be to someone who isn't a fan. I'm not at all objective when it comes to his career, as it's tied to so many of my own memories, but to those of us on the Bruce Campbell bandwagon, I highly recommend this.

  • Joseph R.
    2019-03-05 22:53

    B movie icon Bruce Campbell picks up where he left of in If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. The year is now 1997 and Bruce moves to Oregon to get away from the rat race in Hollywood. The book covers about twenty years, starting with the first (and only) season of Jack of All Trades in 1998 and getting all the way to the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015. The first part deals with a lot of indie work, including Bubba Hotep, a couple of Syfy channel movies, and My Name Is Bruce. Work became much steadier when Burn Notice took off as a series, leading to a spin-off movie and a good-will tour of Iraqi military bases with series star Jeffery Donovan. After another stint of television pilots and small films, he helped produce the big screen remake of Evil Dead and readily signed up to return to his first big part, Ashley Williams, for TV.The book is full of many entertaining anecdotes and insider info on Campbell's career. I've followed his career with joy, so it's nice to revisit highlights (I need to watch Bubba Hotep again, shamefully I have not reviewed it, nor the first book). The book is full of little photos either from his life or gags about his experiences (the best was the movie marquee that reads, "APPENDAGE-SEVERING DOUBLE FEATURE: BRUCE CAMPBELL, EVIL DEAD 2; JAMES FRANCO, 127 HOURS"). The book is a quick read and promises a third act but we'll probably have to wait another fifteen or twenty years for that. I'm sure it will be a fun wait.Highly recommended for fans of Bruce Campbell. If you aren't one, why not? Though, frankly, you probably won't enjoy the book if you aren't a fan.

  • Luke Johnson
    2019-03-20 23:44

    So lets be honest about what this book is.....It's an autobiography with random tales from Bruce Campbell himself that is all the stuff that wasn't good enough to put in his first installment, If Chins Could Kill. I have not read If Chins.... so that may be a bit unfair to say and yes, I do intend to go back and catch up. I have many friends who tell me that they can tell how old a person is but what role they most closely associate Tim Curry with. To me Bruce Campbell is the same way. To me, he will forever be synonymous with Ash in Army of Darkness and also Brisco County Jr. Two pieces of entertainment I dearly love and find myself quoting quite often. What Hail... seems be is picking up on the last half of the career to date of the King of B Movie actors. The book mainly focuses on his roles in shows like Jack of All Trades and Burn Notice, two shows I have a pretty small familiarity with.What makes this book so enjoyable is Campbell has not let his modest level of celebrity go to his head. The best parts of the book are him talking about drinking in Miami bars with the locals, him buying bikes for his fellow actors so they can ride along the sets of their work. He's pretty much got nothing to say about nice things for everybody. He's still willing to take every opportunity to help out his friend Sam Raimi (who directed both the low budget Evil Deads and the blockbuster Spider-Mans). Throughout the book Campbell comes across and just an average guy who has had some incredible luck and spends his days doing a bit of double duty between signing autographs for adoring fans at comic conventions so he can go home and grade his rural Oregon home's driveway.

  • Terry Mulcahy
    2019-03-20 17:57

    I'm never a fan of autobiographies, especially of ephemeral celebrities, but I made an exception for Bruce Campbell, because I wanted hear him talk, and meet him. Buying the book got me in. So, first off, Bruce is charming and witty. He entertains. I enjoyed his stories, although I'm sure he's told them hundreds of times. That's what makes a good actor: saying those lines over and over and over again, and getting it right every time. So, after listening to the man, I read the book in his voice, and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Same wit, same story-telling ability. Hail to the Chin.... is a delight. I didn't read If Chins Could Kill...., but I may do so after reading this. I've never been of big fan of the Evil Dead movies or TV, but he was fantastic in Bubba Ho-tep. We are both looking forward to Hardly Functional if it ever gets released. (I was a background actor in one scene) Burn Notice fascinated me, and the character of Sam got his own prequel movie, The Fall of Sam Axe. In this book Bruce Cambell explains how that came to be. In that, I saw a great actor. He's the same guy, basically, when he writes. Engaging, sharp, cool, and funny. Did I mention that the writing is very good? The words are strung together coherently, and intelligently, so I appreciated that. Enjoyed the book, and it seems, from the number of reviews, that a hell of a lot of others did so too.

  • Mike Maurer
    2019-03-10 19:55

    I have been a fan of Bruce Campbell since a friend introduced me to the man with the chin. He handed me the first book, said to read it then we'll watch Bubba Ho-Tep. Both were a blast. Bruce Campbell doesn't take himself too seriously. He is serious about his craft, but knows how to laugh at himself. And others. This time around, he provides a lot of stories about his adventures in rural Oregon. These had me laughing out loud, late at night. Much to the confusion of my family. Since I have also adopted Oregon as my state, though pretend to live in ruralness (its only 100 feet from my house), I can relate. From his neighbors, to filming on his property to the bear, it is told in the Bruce Campbell way. His stories of Florida were also funny. Shooting Burn Notice through seven hot summers in Miami takes the best out of you. I can also relate, as I lived in Homestead for a couple years. So when he describes bits of Homestead, the swamp or the fact that during summer things are easier as the tourists are gone, it all strikes a cord. A funny cord.If you don’t know Bruce Campbell, check him out. He’s done all kinds of acting work and most parts of the world. Read the first book, watch some of his work and then read this one. If you are not disturbing your neighbors with laughter, I can’t help you.

  • Steven Latta
    2019-02-23 01:50

    I picked up this book last fall at a local event with Bruce hosting "Last Fan Standing" followed by an autograph session. Whether it was that this was the last show on his tour and he just wanted to get home or the fact they oversold the "VIP Meet & Greet" tickets (and what that actually meant), I left there with a distinct "you should never meet your heroes" attitude. The Bruce Campbell I met that night came off as entitled, boorish and generally unkind. I wish I'd met the guy this book was about. This book is Bruce's second biography and spans the time from after "Army of Darkness" through the first season of "Ash vs. Evil Dead". Through a collection of anecdotal stories, Bruce Campbell does an engaging job of spinning the highlights of his working life, while also revealing a little of himself off-screen. He comes off a lot better in the book than he did in person. Having an editor can do that, I suppose. It was a fun read, and it actually makes me want to go back and read his first book, as well as an extended marathon of Ash vs. Evil Dead before season 3 comes out. In many ways, I guess, that's the highest praise I can give this book - it managed to make me like the guy again enough that I can go back to being entertained by him.

  • Douglas Castagna
    2019-03-09 00:55

    I got this one from the man himself at a signing. I guess I am biased because I like the actor, and the shows/movies he has been in and was looking forward to reading his latest installment to his memoirs. He seemed affable in person as well and arrived early for the signing and started right away. Pictures were allowed and he signed another item for free. I had my Bubba Ho Tep signed and he scribbled TCB! on it as well. Now onto the book.The book pretty much follows the format of the prior installment. A linear approach to his career and life with a lot of information and details and cool stuff I did not know, like when he and Jeffery Donovan went to see the troops during his time on Burn Notice. This book did not disappoint and I think if you are a fan of Campbell you will love it, and if you aren't then why not? However, I will say that even if you are not a fan of the author or of the genre of Hollywood memoirs this is a bit different. This is a tale of a type of guy you may know who made it to the big leagues of the middle ground and is content with it and proud of where he is and is sharing his story. All in all an interesting and entertaining read for everyone. IMHO