Bruce Campbell is Chef in The Last Kids on Earth. A monster with culinary skills and gruff one-liners, he delivers another signature performance. We sat down with the actor to talk about his role in this Netflix series and he schools us on how to grill the perfect steak!
Bruce Campbell has added another family friendly animated series to his resume with The Last Kids on Earth. He makes his debut in Book 2 of the popular show based on Max Brallier’s bestselling stories.
Not one to be idle during this time of self-isolation, we were fortunate enough to snag the busy Campbell to discuss his role as Chef, his method of preparation for voice over work and the actor schools us on how to grill the perfect steak.
Let’s get to know Chef!
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1428 Elm: Great to speak with you again, Bruce. We read in an interview that Max Brallier created the role of Chef expressly for you because he was such an Evil Dead fan. We know your character isn’t in the book series. What made The Last Kids on Earth a project that you couldn’t say no to?
Bruce Campbell: I learned a long time ago with animation, you do animation for the residuals because children can watch these animated shows 50 times and it won’t matter. So, they never go out of rotation and as an actor, you only get paid residuals when it keeps showing on the air.
When its off the air, you don’t get paid residuals. Cartoons, for some reason, they don’t pay much for standing in front of a microphone but it’s the gift that keeps on giving because kids will keep watching it.
Secondly, it was Netflix. They are taking over the entire entertainment world other than Disney and as actors we want to get to know all of the bosses that are out there. Who is available?
I had never done anything with them officially so that was a big appeal. These days what I do is I say to my agent, “Who’s in it?” “Who else did they corral?” If they start naming C and D list actors, I get to make my choice whether I want to jump in on that or not.
This cast has a pretty good pedigree. Mark Hamill, besides Star Wars, is a very accomplished voice actor. Once I saw some of the headlining folks, I was like, okay. Netflix, cartoon, good people, I’m in.