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Raimi Confirms More Bruce Campbell in 'Spidey 4'

Bruce Campbell promised he'd be a bigger part of Spider-Man 4, even though he's had three small fanboy-pleasing cameos in the first three films in the series. Tough to know whether or not to believe Campbell, though, because he's got such a long history with director Sam Raimi that, much like his appearances in the Spider-Man movies, it could be a tongue-in-cheek joke.

But Raimi has backed up his friend and collaborator, telling MTV, "I promised him we would write something because I really love putting him in the pictures." Added Raimi, "I promised him a good, meaty role."

Sounds great, right? But Raimi adds he doesn't know what that part is yet. Now that I don't believe. More than likely, it's something Raimi doesn't want to say. There has been a consistent rumor that Campbell might be playing Mysterio, and you might think that's a big step up from his usual film roles, but please, look around at the reclamation projects in big tentpole movies over the past few years.

I'm not saying Campbell is the actor Depp, Downey, or Rourke can claim to be, nor is his name likely as well known as any of theirs, but given the almost unshakably successful run of the series, are you saying Sony can't take a gamble on the same kind of role played by that heartthrob Alfred Molina?

If anything, the franchise got off track when it tried to attach names on the rise (Thomas Haden Church fresh off an Oscar nomination) to its villains, so letting Raimi rely on a guy he's known for 30 years to steady the ship hardly seems like a big deal. And, even though Campbell's no threat to Olivier, he's a great presence on screen no matter what he's doing.

Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, but I hope not. I hope there's some merit to the rumors and that Raimi really does give Campbell a major role in Spider-Man 4. Not just because I want to see it, but because the franchise could actually use it.

Reader Comments (5)

he was the funniest part of Spider-Man 3.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharcole

Campbell gets a bad rap for being a hammy actor, but he's really grown into a pretty decent performer. Just watching the difference between Brisco and Burn Notice, he can be a really valuable piece of a good ensemble.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMYMHM

Mysterio would be perfect for Campbell's acting style. I could also see him playing Kraven. Or maybe the host for Carnage (Cletus Kassady)? Hobgoblin? The possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRicky Williams

Yeah huge fan of Bruce Campbell Army of Darkness was one of my favorite movies as a kid, i still have it on tape along with my original power ranger cartoons haha. Can't wait to see what he does in that movie, I agree with the comments above, he was funny in his bit roles, he's great in Burn Notice and his acting style fits perfectly with Sam Raimi, I would love to see Ted Raimi sam's brother as his sidekick or something, he had small roles in the original movie too (i think he worked in the newspaper) lucy lawless also had a bit role as someone being interviewed. I hope he gets Kevin Sorbo and Renee O'conner in there too and we can have a whole Xena Hercules reunion haha. Autolocus the king of thieves was played excellent by Bruce Campbell

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChad

It just wouldn't be a Spider-Man movie without Bruce Campbell, as minor as his roles were.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangela

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