Book Review: ‘Make Love, The Bruce Campbell Way’ by Bruce Campbell

Posted on December 13, 2010

Bruce Campbell has a short, if not potent literary career. His first book, a non-fiction account of his life as a B-movie actor, ‘If Chins Could Kill‘, was a New York Times bestseller and is quite possibly one of the greatest tomes of the modern era. He then follows it up, several years later with ‘Make Love’, whose destiny is yet unwritten (Bruce Campbell’s work is never recognized during its time).

History is rarely kind to artists who take up fiction writing later in life, but this is the exception that fits the rule. I’ll take from the cover copy to give you an idea of the meta-quality work that you can expect from this master-work:

Is it an “autobiographical novel”? Yes. I’m the lead character in the story, and I’m a real person, and everything in the book actually happened, except for the stuff that didn’t.

The plot revolves around the filming of ‘Make Love’ starring Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Bruce Campbell as, Foyl Whipple, the doorman. Campbell is determined to make it as an A-list actor. After helping Gere discover himself as a physical actor, Campbell goes on a mission to develop the background of his character. In so doing, he discovers a sinister plot against him to make it as an A-list actor.

In this film we truly see Bruce Campbell as the best kind of hero. He is a man devoted to his wife, children and cats. He dips from highs to lows, but never takes his eyes off the prize. The novel climaxes with a descent into Hell (Paramount Studios).

During your journey you will meet a descendant of Robert E. Lee, a Sex-Ed filmmaker gone renegade and THE consummate pick up artist. You will duel, save John Dillinger’s penis and chase down eco-terrorists.

Bruce Campbell is the consummate entertainer and his brusque wit translates well to the written page. The plot twists border on the absurd and hilarious. This is a story about how acting skills translate into the real world, culminating in one of my favorite scenes in fiction, ever, when Campbell, in disguise as a producer, rips off his mask screaming “OH GOD, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME”.

Such madness can only come from the man who starred in two movies wearing a chainsaw for a hand. It is impossible to develop from this point on, because Campbell does it to perfection. Of course, it will not be appreciated in its time. Campbell is a true artist; only until now was he able to put it into words.

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