SDCC 2016: Ash vs Evil Dead interviews with Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Brock Williams, and Robert Tapert

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Season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead has become a surprise hit for Starz. It brought back a cult classic to the small screen after nearly 2 decades and has garnered positive reviews from both critics and fans. The show picks up after the previous movies and follows Ash, a “stock boy, aging Lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead”.

And yes, this season will finally include references to Army of Darkness. During an IGN live stream, Executive Producer Robert Tapert stated, We just don’t pull upon that universe, but this coming season Ash is able to talk about events that happened in Army of Darkness, although people are not likely to believe him, of course. We actually can reference Army of Darkness and we reference it in this coming season.”

The end of season 1 had Ash making a deal to be left alone so that he could go to Jacksonville, Florida, which is where the season 2 trailer starts. Ash just can’t escape his destiny as “The Chosen One” and must get back in the groove of things again with his trusty chainsaw, Boomstick, and two friends. During San Diego Comic-Con, the Ash vs. Evil Dead panel exploded with information, giving fans just what they wanted and even introduced a new character, Ash’s dad, who will be played by legendary actor Brock Williams. We also got to sit down with some of the cast and producers to talk more about the show.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 2016

Bruce Campbell, when asked about season 2 stated:

“This season it gets personal. Ash has to go back home and The Evil Dead is like the mafia; they hit you where you live. They go after your family. So he’s gonna go clean up his town of Elk Grove, Michigan, which is where we are introducing the character of Ash’s father, Brock Williams, played by the great Lee Major and Ash’s high school buddy Chet Kaminski, played by Ted Raimi. Ted plays an idiot and he’s so good at it. I always use Ted because that way my acting looks subtle.”

When asked about living up to the hype of the second season after such a great first season, which was greenlit before season 1 even aired, Campbell said:

“No, not really. No it’s worse actually because now there are expectations. It’s one thing to put out a show for the very first time. You close your eyes and go, ‘Okay, I hope you like it.’ You put it out and it was very well received. The fans were very nice to us and the critics were pretty nice to us too, which is shocking because the Evil Dead movies don’t always get good reviews. So that was the big leap but now season two, they’re like, arms crossed going, ‘What do ya got?’ Meaning, is it worthy of a show? Do you have enough story that you can tell? Where are you gonna go with it? Do I like the way you’re going with it? Do I like the characters you’re adding or how they’re changing? That remains to be seen but I think it’s a strong episode. I tore my hamstring. We worked our butts off this season so if you don’t like it, screw all y’all.”

Brock Williams, who is playing Ash’s dad, has some resentment towards his son. After the death of Ash’s sister and friends (from the previous films), their family was the talk of the town.

“It was really a way of grounding Ash and trying to pull him back into the real world and giving him an antagonist to rub up against, because that’s what really works about the series, Ash finding himself in a situation, finding himself blocked. What is he going to do? Dad is something, as we all know, parents are something that a lot of baggage goes into that relationship so that was really just a great antagonist in a different way. You learn, hey, nobody believed him and they all blamed him for getting his sister killed and a bunch of other kids killed. Why he never went to jail, we never answered.”

Lucy Lawless character, Ruby, who is an antagonist on the show, will have to team up with Ash to stop the evil that threatens even her. When asked about her character developing, Lucy said:

“She becomes a real character this season, particularly this season has been so massive and so high octane, the cuts are really fast. We’re shooting maybe more footage than we ever did on even Spartacus, but it’s crunched down into just a half hour to get that pace. If this show was an hour long, it would be drudgery.”

Lawless was also asked how much fun was it working with Bruce Campbell again?

“Oh, wonderful. He is kind of like my rotten handsome cousin. He was kind of my mentor in terms of how to behave as a star starting out. Rob paired me up with him, I was really bewildered. ‘Why is Mr. Tapert making me go out with his buddy from college?’ It was to teach me not to be a pain in the ass.”

When asked about the possibility about a fourth Evil Dead film, Executive Producer Robert Tapert stated:

“Yes, but the focus is on more seasons of the show. Sam, bless him, talked about doing Evil Dead as a movie for many many years and teased the fans for forever and a day. Finally when the day came, we went, ‘Well, we think it might be better as a TV show.’ That was other people who thought that and Bruce really welcomed the idea and I welcomed the idea because Bruce said, ‘Look, I did three movies. I’m not certain I knew my last name so at least in a TV show, I get to explore the character and who he is and all that more.’ Is there a movie out there that we are thinking about that would continue on that would merge everything? There certainly are those thoughts starting to percolate.”

Would the series crossover with Fede Alvarez’s movie, or could you address that in the TV show?

“I love Jane Levy, so I would love to work with her again.”

You can watch season 2 premiere this September 23, 2016 on Starz.

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