On the set of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe team was surprised by the banter between actor Bruce Campbell and his frequent collaborator, director Sam Raimi.
Campbell spoke with Screen Rant at San Diego Comic-Con, sharing some details about how her relationship with the director has developed since Raimi’s career took off. “He has become, over the past 20 years, a great Hollywood director since he made the first Spidey, and the teams are usually very surprised at how badly we talk to each other,” commented the actor. “They get weird when I talk bad to him, because they’re like, ‘Did he just say that to Sam Raimi?’ They don’t really know our relationship, so it was a lot of fun to stun the team.
Campbell and Raimi’s partnership began on set in 1981 evil Dead. The success of the gory horror film, grossing $2.7 million on a budget of $375,000, launched the couple’s careers. The evil Dead the series has grown to four films, with a fifth currently in development. The most recent episode, that of 2013 evil Dead, had Raimi and Campbell attached as producers, though the latter’s signature character, Ash, only made an appearance in a post-credits scene. Warner Bros. Discovery’s Evil Dead Risingwith Raimi and Campbell executive producing, is slated for release on HBO Max in 2022.
In addition to appearing in some of Raimi’s early horror work, Campbell made notable cameos in the Spider Man series: the ring announcer in Spider Manthe “Snooty Usher” in Spider-man 2, and a master of Spiderman 3.
Campbell’s most recent Raimi cameo was in Doctor Strange 2 and saw him take on the mantle of Pizza Poppa, a disgruntled salesman enchanted by Doctor Strange to fight continuously for “about three weeks”, as the Wizard estimated. A scene deleted from Doctor Strange 2 shows the curse finally lifted, ending Pizza Poppa’s torment. After a moment of disbelief, he clenches his fist and declares, “Doctor Strange didn’t see the end of Pizza Poppa.” This comic beat is actually a evil Dead reference, reminiscent of a scene in which Campbell’s Ash confronts his hand possessed by Deadite in Evil Dead 2.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available to stream on Disney+.
Source: Screen Rant