Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Next Bruce Campbell

Following in the footsteps of 'B' movie actors is not the most ideal thing to do. As Bruce does less movies and television spots over the next few years, who will be the next king of the 'B' movies. One man who has established himself more with the fans and less with the mainstream media is Nathan Fillion. Born and raised in the Alberta plains (my hometown of Edmonton), Fillion just might be the next Bruce Campbell. Although he bares little resemblence to Bruce, both physically and in his craft of acting, Fillion has a growing cult fanbase that may give Bruce a run for his money. So what established Fillion as a cult actor? Fillion is best known for his role as a gunslinging cowboy 'Malcom Reynold's' in the Sci-Fi/Western series Firefly. The role sound familiar? Bruce played a gunslinging, wise cracking cowboy in a little show called Brisco County Jr. which ironically, like Firefly, were both cancelled by FOX after a season. Firefly was later ressurected by the fans, because of DVD sales, into a feature film Serenity, which will go down as one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time (lets hope Brisco's DVD sales can do the same -- unlikely though). Fillion's latest film Slither, is one which confirms his presence as a mainstay cult movie actor. Given a multi-million dollar budgent by Universal, much like Army of Darkness, Fillion starred in this horror-comedy and garnered fashionable and outstanding reviews for his role as the Sheriff in the film. The film bombed at the box-office like Army of Darkness, but like Fillion's other film Serenity, Slither will go down as a cult favorite in its genre. The dream of any Bruce Campbell fan is to see Bruce land some spots of major motion pictures, but really on the inside we like Bruce's role in the entertainment industry the way it is. Is it really a bad thing for Bruce to be doing 'B' movies. For fans of Fillion who come and read this and believe that Fillion should be destined for stardom and not 'B' movies, maybe stardom is in 'B' movies. Like Bruce Campbell, 'B' movies enabled fans to see Bruce star in his own movies as the lead role instead of some minor character in a big budget movie who has a few lines. Fillion's next movie is a sequel to the hit Michael Keaton movie White Noise, in which he will be playing the lead in the film which is most likely to go direct to video. Unlike its predecessor, White Noise 2 will be known as a 'B' movie, and I personally would like to see Fillion starring in a movie like this than playing a 30 second role in a major motion picture like Saving Private Ryan. Call me selfish, but I truly believe that not making it big will be destiny for Fillion, like it was for Bruce. With the upcoming remake of the film The Evil Dead, the film that launched Bruce Campbell, I see no other person who deserves to take right to star in that film and say "Hail To The King Baby".


At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Cliff said...

I'll agree with you for the most part.

As we all learned from Bruce's book, he considers himself a "blue collar" actor. (Someone who does it because he loves it and it pays the bills.) I think that fits Nathan pretty well.

He also never takes himself too seriously, has a rock solid personality in real life that shines through in all his roles, and isn't afraid to take on a role that might be a bit different from the norm.

Nathan is definitely a stronger performer, so I'm willing to say he'll be Bruce +. B movies with the occasional part that just makes you go "Wow, he can act too".

I'd never thought of it this way before, and I'm glad you've pointed out that the spaces in my heart for these guys are amazingly close together. Thanks.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Myles said...

I'm with you on this one. But Bruce isn't going to be passing the torch anytime soon.

Out of everyone they talked about for playing Ash in an Evil Dead remake, Nathan is probably the only one I would have paid to see.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Nathan definitely has that working-class ethic. He actually studied to be an English teacher before he went the acting route.

I can tell you that teachers work harder than most on the planet, as my husband and several friends are teachers. For someone to want to dedicate the time and energy to that, he's definitely a stand-up guy.

Sorry for the anonymous post, but I really cannot memorize another username and password at this time in my life.

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, White Noise 2: The Light
WILL be released in theaters next year according to lists
White Noise 2: The Light (2007)
starring Nathan Fillion and
Katee Sackhoff

Release Dates
USA – 5 January 2007

Rogue Pictures (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures (2006) (USA) (theatrical)

Another chance to see Nathan (Our Captain) Fillion on the big darn screen.

Bruce is Bruce.
Nathan is Nathan.

Love them both.

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