Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years.
When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, star Bruce Campbell had said that if Ash vs Evil Dead were to be cancelled, there might always be a possibility for another Evil Dead film. “We’re going to see what the TV gods have in store for us,” Campbell originally said. “We’re ready either way. If they take us off the air, we can think about another movie. And if they don’t, we can just keep plugging away.”
Alas, Campbell has now taken a boomstick to any hope of a new Evil Dead film. After fans launched an online petition hoping to get Netflix to save Ash vs Evil Dead, the actor responded and announced that he was officially “retired as Ash.”
This is understandably upsetting to anyone who was holding onto hope that Ash would live to fight another day, but I’d say Campbell has earned the right to call it quits. He’s lived with Ash for a large part of his career, and in many ways, the part will always define him. But if he wants to move on and try other things, we should all respect that and wish him well.
While Campbell had hinted at another Evil Dead movie in the past, he also seemed to indicate that his days of playing Ash were pretty much over and done with after Starz cancelled Ash vs Evil Dead.
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