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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor | [Bruce Campbell]

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.
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Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already!

©2002 Bruce Campbell (P)2010 Bruce Campbell

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    Bill Shaw 08-05-14
    Bill Shaw 08-05-14
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    "One Of The Most Enjoyable Books I Have Ever Heard"
    Would you listen to If Chins Could Kill again? Why?

    Yes
    There is a wealth of insider information on how Hollywood works and the inside story on what it takes to be a successful actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruce Campbell, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The tender story of how a chin conquered Hollywood and won our hearts


    Any additional comments?

    This book is funny, informative and sometimes downright dangerous to listen to when driving home from work as you can laugh so hard you might fall out of your seat - thank goodness for seat belts.

    I've enjoyed Bruce's work in front of the camera since I first saw him in the Evil Dead series. It wasn't until I listened to this book that I found out that he was an integral part of many other favorite movies and TV shows in a behind the camera capacity.

    Thanks to Bruce's dramatic reading and witty prose, this is one of the all time best listens I've ever gotten from audible.com.

    I hope audible gets more of Bruce's books in stock soon.

    I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this book as I did.

    Cheers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tammi 01-20-15
    Tammi 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes you understand the movie & TV business"

    This was a very hysterical book. Bruce explains his family background and complete history of the film business. I never saw Evil Dead, but now it's on my Netflix list. He also explains everything you ever wanted to know about tv & movie business. Fair warning though there is no mention of his Burn Notice days, as it was only in season 4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey K. 09-15-14
    Stacey K. 09-15-14
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    "A Look Into the Life of a Hollywood Working Stiff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It offers an incredible and hilarious look into Bruce Cambell's life, and is enjoyable, even if you don't know him.


    What other book might you compare If Chins Could Kill to and why?

    There are not many other books that I have read or listened to that are similar. ICCK is its own beast.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favorite?

    All are wonderful, Irvin Shapiro and the Acid-Dropping Fan being standouts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was many a moment when I physically laughed out loud at his well-told anecdotes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who would be interested in the crazy world of Hollywood.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 09-05-14
    Steve 09-05-14
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    "Hilarious, honest, fascinating, and ever so Bruce"
    If you could sum up If Chins Could Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Bruce Campbell rules


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    The whole story of evil dead is pretty fantastic and hearing about them all growing up together was fantastic.


    What about Bruce Campbell’s performance did you like?

    He brings a certain ineffable charm to every line, you hear one word and you know it's really Bruce.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Bruce Campbell.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    montecarlostar Ruston, LA USA 02-25-15
    montecarlostar Ruston, LA USA 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Why are you torturing me like this!? Why!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to any Bruce Campbell fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    The foreword has hillarious!! I usually skip forewords, but this one was brilliant! Sam Raimi is quite a character!

    Definitively all the story behind Evil Dead was great. I loved when he told about the "Moonshine" in Mississippi.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he told about all the misery that Sam put them through while filming Evil Dead.


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    Jason Ringdahl 02-22-15
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    "Well worth the listen!!"

    I had to go out and purchase the hard cover book as well!! Pity there isn't an eBook!
    Chin up!!

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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 02-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "Easily a B+"

    As a long time fan of Bruce Campbell, it was sort of interesting to hear him talk about things that were far from glamorous when it comes to the life of a "movie star" in the industry. He also gave some fun backstories to a few of those films you know you love if you are even bothering to glance at this title.

    The only downside is that this book was written well before "Burn Notice" took off and became a bit of a hit. It would have been fun to hear about some of that part of what has now become perhaps a nudge closer to B+ as far as his acting status is concerned.

    If you want something fluffy and full of pretentious nonsense, read the tabloids. If you want a real guy to tell you how it really is, this is a fun read.

    Having Bruce read his own book made it that much better. You felt like you were just hanging out and he was telling you his tale.

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    Leslie abingdon, MD, USA 01-06-15
    Leslie abingdon, MD, USA 01-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun and Informative"

    As a long-time fan of Bruce Campbell, I enjoyed listening to his entertaining account of his start in film and television. I hope he writes a sequel detailing his time on Burn Notice.

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    8/7/14
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    "Very Funny Book"
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    I had been told this was worth a read so was very happy to see it on audible. I wasn’t disappointed. I am a fan of Bruce Campbell and I guess that helps but I didn’t quite expect it to be as funny as it was.
    Well worth checking out for anyone that likes a laugh, enjoys films and wondered what it is like to be an actor in B movies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    10/27/14
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    "Groovy!"
    What did you like most about If Chins Could Kill?

    Full of information, that any fan of Bruce Campbell, will want to know!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    Bruce talking about shooting on 8mm.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favourite?

    Elvis.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well I didn't listen to it in the toilet.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for fans of Bruce Campbell!

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