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September 15 2010

Is Nathan Fillion the new Bruce Campbell? Solid observation with a whole lotta love for some of our favourites.

Having been behind the scenes at Comic Con in 2004 and seeing how nasty Campbell was to another actor who was just thrilled to meet Campbell (you could see the jealousy on Campbell's face and in his voice) when no fans were watching, and having seen how Nathan reacts to people, there's no comparison.

Nathan is a class act.
And I don't know about that chins remark....
While I think there is a fine case for such a comparison, the fact that Nathan Fillion has so much mainstream appeal kind of breaks the bank for me since the lack of that very quality seems such an essential component to the Bruce Campbell archetype.

ETA: Nathan Fillion as the mainstream version of Bruce Campbell? Now there I'd agree totally.

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2010-09-16 01:48 ]
Er, no. Not performance-wise, looks-wise or material-wise. Just no.
... who is Bruce Campbell?
Interesting slant on it. I tend to find that Bruce has either by design or by accident found himself mired in cult status by either only being able to get B-movie/quirky gigs or seeking them out. I do think he genuinely digs the aesthetic of them, but I do wonder on this end of his career if he is somewhat put out by it.

Fillion on the other hand I think is a totally different animal. He didn't start his career in a cult film. He was a normal working actor who got small parts (Saving Private Ryan, the jerk from Blast From the Past) and eventually got sitcom lead with Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza place. He didn't sniff cult status until Whedon which was 4 years after Saving Private Ryan.

So whereas Fillion I think wears his cult status with pride, he's always been free to take it off when he wanted because that's not where he started.

I think Campbell on the other hand has been trapped by it. He was "The Evil Dead guy" before anyone in Hollywood really knew him. And that's actually not a good thing if you want to do serious work. For the record, I think he actually IS a good actor and probably can do more, he just gets cast as the same guy over and over again.

[ edited by azzers on 2010-09-16 04:56 ]
Campbell starred on "Brisco County Jr", an action/comedy western with sci-fi that only lasted a season.
Completely different from "Firefly", an action/sci-fi western with comedy that only lasted a season.

(P.S. If you haven't heard of "Brisco County Jr", that's because it was a genre-breaking show with sharp writing, that Fox didn't know how to market, and let die on Friday nights.)

[ edited by OneTeV on 2010-09-16 05:34 ]
erendis: He also had a recurrign role on Xena:Warrior Princess as Autolycus the thief.
I guess the fact that some of us love them both to bits should count for something. We should set a vote up somewhere. Or not.

Oh, and props to OneTeV's comment on Brisco. Totally my fave of Bruce's oeuvre. Well, and Firefly goes without saying re Nathan, I guess.
Some very interesting comparisons, and there are some similarities. However, I don't know why, but I really don't think of them in the same "actor folder" in my head at all. This is absolutely not a knock to Campbell (I love me some Sam Axe). I guess it's because apart from "Burn Notice" I've only ever seen Bruce Campbell playing "Bruce Campbell A-List B Movie star". And Nathan doesn't in the same way, at least yet. And though the writer accknowledges that NF is more mainstream than BC he kinda dismisses it so he can write the article and "mainstream" vs "B movie" is basically why BC exists, so he's missing the point there.

I'm sure "My Name is Nate" and "Galaxy Quest: Serenity Edition" will both be awesome though.
... so he's missing the point there.

He's also missing testicles ;). I.e. he's a she (I know there're blokes called Tracey in the US but surely not many called Charlotte ? ;).

I'd recommend people check out "Bubba Ho-Tep" to see Bruce Campbell play a non-Bruce Campbell role (though as the article blurb implies, it's still pretty quirky). "If Chins Could Kill" is worth a read too.

As to the thesis though, pretty thin. Their careers share some similarities but then so do a lot of actors' careers. Besides which, Nathan isn't the new anyone, he's the current Nathan Fillion. Like Bruce Campbell, he's a one off.


ETA: swap "there're" for "you've" after checking and seeing Heavs isn't in the US.

[ edited by Saje on 2010-09-16 23:43 ]
Campbell starred on "Brisco County Jr", an action/comedy western with sci-fi that only lasted a season.
Completely different from "Firefly", an action/sci-fi western with comedy that only lasted a season.

(P.S. If you haven't heard of "Brisco County Jr", that's because it was a genre-breaking show with sharp writing, that Fox didn't know how to market, and let die on Friday nights.)

I've been watching Briscoe County again via Netflix and all I can say is: This!

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