EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Campbell Talks Burn Notice Role, Sam Axe Spin-Off

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Burn Notice doesn't fit squarely into any television genre. And that's exactly why Bruce Campbell, previously best known for the beloved role of Ash in the Evil Dead franchise, signed up for the USA hit.

"I said yes to what it was not," he told me when asked about what drew him to the character of Sam Axe. "It's not a cop show, though there is life and death situation. It's not a legal show, though you are dealing with legal issues... I was attracted to the premise and the flawed characters."

Sam Axe Photograph

And Burn Notice fans have been attracted right back, making Sam one of the most popular characters on TV. Still, Campbell is often remembered best as Ash, a fact he fully accepts.

"I didn't create it," the actor says of the phenomenon of that role, which includes the occasional Ash tattoo he's asked to sign under. "These are the imaginations of individuals. I'm just an actor. You wanna leave something that's as memorable as possible that people can watch. I'm glad to have done that before and we hope to create that with
Burn Notice."

Can he reveal any spoilers regarding Sam and what's ahead this summer?

"There's some unfinished business that has to get wrapped up," he teased. "Sam will have issues with the CIA due to the TV movie. The guy has a history and it's come back to bite him in the ass."

Forget that history, though. Fans want to know about Sam's future. Would Campbell be up for a spin-off?

"If they set it up the right way, sure. If they had him doing wacky adventures and everything, I'd do it."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Burn notice, an amazing show, to right it's different from the rest.Enjoy it immensely, Sam's the man and in a spin-off he'll shine. Jack of all trades had me ROFL , Brisco capitvated me. I'm all for the spin-off "listen to the people" lets make it happen.
(Fans+Bruce Campbell)(Bruce Campbell+fans)= Spin-off. A formula for success. HTTK


I love this show as I can rarely predict what is going to happen... I love Bruce Campbell -- shades of Brisco County Jr -- he's why I first started watching this... and now we've got Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey) and the awesome pairing of 'Fi & Michael' --- does it get any better than this?????????????


Love Burn Notice, unless the series finishes, I hope that Sam doesn't leave to go in a spin off, I love the whole cast as a unit.

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