Bruce Campbell is defending Marvel movies weeks after Martin Scorsese had controversially suggested they are not "cinema," and the Evil Dead star isn't holding back. Speaking with fans at the Spooky Empire horror convention, Campbell touched on the controversy by suggesting that Scorsese's comments are harmful coming from a filmmaker of his stature.
Additionally, Campbell claims Martin Scorsese doesn't have much room to criticize high-budget superhero movies when his new film The Irishman utilizes even more CGI, at least from Campbell's estimation. Here's what Campbell said about the situation with Scorsese, after Marvel stars defended the MCU at the Hollywood film Awards.
"[Scorsese] was ragging on Marvel movies, right? Martin Scorsese is one of our greatest filmmakers, so when he says stuff like that, it hurts. Because it's not like movies like that are easy to make, and it's not like The Irishman doesn't have digital effects out the ass. [The Irishman has] more digital effects than any Marvel movie, I can tell you right now. To get Robert De Niro to go from nine to 108, that's a lot of work, that's a lot of digital work. So [Scorsese]'s kind of full of crap in that respect."
Campbell's rant doesn't end there, as the actor has more to say about Scorsese's dismissal of Marvel movies. The actor notes that every movie, even those advertised as based on true stories, are just as fake as the movie playing in the next theater. At the end of the day, the point Campbell's making seems to be that it's silly to claim any one movie should be held to such a higher regard than another, as they are all ultimately just fictional stories told by different filmmakers. You can check out the rest of Campbell's comments below.
"Every movie is just as fake as the other one. Nothing is real. Guess what? You're doing a real story about Erin Brockovich, that's not even what Erin Brockovich looks like! It's not a real story, even though they say it's a real story, so nobody gets to play, 'I am a filmmaker, you make silly Marvel movies!' No, they're all bullsh-t. Every single bit of every movie is bullsh-t. Good bullsh-t, lousy bullsh-t, boring bullsh-t, they're all as fake as you can get."
Because of his frequent collaborations with Evil Dead helmer Sam Raimi, Campbell does have some experience working in Marvel-based movies. In all three installments of Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire in the lead role, Campbell was featured in special cameo appearances, playing a different character each time. Additionally, he served as a special guest narrator for many Spider-Man video games. Campbell was also rumored to play Mysterio in Raimi's planned Spider-Man 4 before the movie was nixed, and whether that rumor is true or not, chances are Campbell would have made it into the movie in one way or another.
Of course, Campbell is best known as a B-movie legend. He is perhaps most fondly remembered by horror fans as the Deadite-slayer Ash Williams in the Evil Dead movie trilogy and its TV sequel series Ash vs. Evil Dead. He also had memorable roles starring as Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep and as Sam Axe on the TV series Burn Notice. More recently, Campbell appeared on the AMC series Lodge 49 and currently hosts the Travel Channel series Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
Certainly, Campbell is saying what a lot of people are thinking as it pertains to Martin Scorsese's controversial Marvel comments. For his part, Scorsese has also suggested he recognizes the hard work that goes into these movies, but still feels of them more as an theme park extension than an actual piece of cinema. He's certainly free to have that opinion, but it's also proven to have gotten him a lot of flak over it - even from other celebrities. Campbell's words from Spooky Empire were transcribed by ComicBook.com.