Bruce Campbell interview: Cooking with Chef in The Last Kids on Earth

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: Bruce Campbell attends The Paley Center for Media PaleyFest 2016 fall TV preview for STARZ at The Paley Center for Media on September 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

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.

Recently, he portrayed King Edmund in Tangled: The Series and he lent his vocal talents to Dead by Daylight last year reprising his famous character of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead trilogy.

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!

Bruce Campbell

The Last Kids on Earth. Image Courtesy Netflix

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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.

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