Itís not easy to make a living in Hollywood as a cult
celeb, but Bruce Campbell never believed in doing things the easy way.
Campbell has become a God for throngs of fans for B-movies
and genre work. Best known for his role in Sam Raimiís Evil Dead
films and The Army of Darkness, Campbell has had only one
requirement for his projects Ė that they be different and intriguing.
This includes playing a still-alive Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep, the
Surgeon General of Beverly Hills in Escape from Los Angeles, the
title character in Maniac Cop and supporting roles in A-movies
such as Fargo, Congo, The Majestic, Intolerable
Cruelty and all three Spider-Man
His most recent film, My Name Is Bruce Ė which he
also directed Ė has him playing a fictionalized version of himself as a
slob B-movie hero who is forced to fight evil for real. Campbell
also has a history of short-lived TV series Ė particularly the critical fave Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Finally he has gotten a role in a series that is exposing
him to a wider television audience, the popular spy series Burn
Notice with Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless. He
plays Sam, an old-school former spy who is now helping a recently
targeted fellow spy survive a series of attempts on his life Ė all while
helping regular people by fighting off crime in ways that slightly skirt
The series was recently picked up for a third season by the
USA Network. As Burn Notice was getting ready to return for the
second half of the sophomore season, Campbell was nice enough to hold a
conference call with us, as well as several other websites, to discuss
his experiences on the show.
How much creative input do you have with your
character for the show?
Well, every situation is different and Burn Notice
is very structured. Matt Nix, itís his show. Itís his concept. Itís
his idea. So when I came on board, Iím going to give smaller stuff.
You know, I might ad lib some stupid joke at the end of a scene or
whatever. Or I might suggest a tone or maybe treat Michaelís mother
more gently at some point. Itís really for me mostly smaller stuff; the
captain of the ship is Matt Nix and heís also allowing us to think
through scenes and if we want to throw in a line or so, he doesnít have
a problem with that. But I never show up on a set going, ďMan, I got to
ad lib today.Ē
talk to a lot of people on a lot of shows, but itís rare that you get to
talk to ones who you really, really love the show.
Well you have great taste, obviously. But look, it is fun
to be a part of a project that has been accepted. As an actor, we tend
to work pretty hard on TV shows. Theyíre non-stop for a long time and
you never know. Youíre acting in a void; you never know what the
reaction is going to be. Itís just nice to come across a show like
Burn Notice that has caught on and itís grown every year. Hopefully
this new batch of episodes coming in January is going to be something
theyíre looking for.
Did you see the success of the show coming up?
Are you at all surprised about how successful it has been?
Iím surprised by everything these days because you never
know. My basis for accepting this script when it came across my desk
was I loved the fact of what it wasnít. It wasnít a cop show. It
wasnít a doctor show. It wasnít a lawyer show. Thereís plenty of stuff
that goes on, but this is basically the human side of spies and I went,
right, I can get into that. I really enjoyed the fact that itís a good
blend of a show that does have strong main characters, and not a lot of
them. Itís got four main characters. Thatís what the emphasis is. And
oh yes, stuff blows up and every week there is a caper where you defeat
the jerk of the week. But I think itís mostly you watch these
characters from week to week, and thatís what I enjoy. Thatís what
appealed to me and what keeps me interested in the show is itís not
really about the explosions, itís about the people who are doing the
For someone who hasnít seen any episodes so far,
what would you say to somebody coming in totally virgin to the show?
I think if you come into the show late, youíre going to be
okay because they always do enough recaps to kind of fill you in. And
the lead character, Michael Westen, has very heavy voiceover. Heís kind
of guiding you through the show, so I think youíre going to be fine.
Heís going to give you any kind of recap that you need to jump in. And
those people that have followed everything, I think theyíre going to be
all over it because theyíve been waiting for it for, whatever, four or
five months now.
about your role continues to challenge you?
To try and figure out how to sweat less. No, I would say
just to keep Sam interested in the stories and participating on
stories. If the writers do most of the work, which they will then do
that, that theyíll keep the character engaged. If the characterís
engaged, then itís easy for me to be engaged in the character.
Hopefully whenever Sam was around in his portion that heís involved in
something [he] has an opinion about something or whatever. No actor
likes to just sit around. As long as itís the same as the first two
seasons, Iím good to go.
Do you have a most memorable moment youíve had
from filming the seasons?
For me, Iím just convinced one day that some bystanderís
going to shoot me with a gun. The reason why I say that is because my
character Sam has a rifle with a scope and often heís up on high rises
and overpasses taking potshots at people. Sometimes you canít see the
crew connected to me, because they put me far away. Miami has a lot of
guns, and so Iím just afraid some do-gooderís going to see me up there
firing away and theyíre going to save Miami from that criminal. And
then Burn Notice will have three main characters.
One of the aspects I love most with your
character in the previous season was your relationship with Veronica. I
was wondering if weíre going to see any more relationship drama from Sam
with any ladies in the future.
They do, I think that there are efforts. But, you know,
Samís a tough case because heís a bit of a handful and theyíre always
doing capers, so itís tough to have any kind of romance. But there is
another brush with romance in some of these upcoming episodes. Which is
fun, because I actually think if Sam is not so much button-down that we
can see perhaps his exploits, if you will.
Are there any upcoming guest stars that we can
look forward to seeing?
Oh, yes. In these upcoming episodes itís pretty full on.
Youíve got Patricia Helfer back as Carla. Sheís going to be causing
lots and lots of trouble. Michael Shanks is back as another one of
these fellow cohort guys who youíre not sure if you can trust or not.
The great John Mahoney, who I worked with in the Hudsucker Proxy,
John Mahoney from Cheers, heís back as someone I canít tell you
about because Iíd have to kill you. Former Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin
is joining us. Heís Mr. Football, so it was kind of fun to do a
football theme episode. Dina Meyer shows up as, well, letís just say
someone who perhaps was close to Michael Westen. And of course with
Fiona thatís going to cause some sparks. There will be some sparks
flying in these next seven episodes, I can guarantee you.
were introduced to a little bit of Samís backstory this past summer of
season two where it was revealed the character was married in the Ď70s
and that actually ended your relationship at the time. Are we going to
get any more information about this woman that Sam was married to or any
more backstory into Samís life?
Iím sure some back storyís going to come squeaking out in
some way. I kind of was amused myself finding out that Sam had a wife
in the past. I think it is fun. Thatís the beauty of these characters
that have a history that things are going to come up that are
complicated in their life. The first season Sam had some kind of
questionable relationships from the past that have come back to haunt
him, so I think thatís always going to happen. When you have three
spies, former spies that are kind of damaged goods, thereís going to be
enemies that come back, old friends and people that you may or may not
want to see again.
Do you feel like Burn Notice is sort of
bringing back the escapist action series? There are other shows on the
air now like on TNT they have Leverage. While most people
compare it to something like Oceans Eleven, I feel it has a lot
of Burn Notice influence to it because it involves people sort of
helping out the little guy and fighting backÖ
Iím glad you said that. Look, Iíll tell you, I think the
reason why this show, aside from the magnetic Mr. Donovan and the
wonderful Ms. Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless, is the fact that it is
iconic. And I donít mean that to make the show any better than what it
is. It has iconic aspects. Little Billyís always going to get his
medicine, for the most part. And itís a show that lacks cynicism in a
way. That thereís a sweet core to it of just human beings and I think
anybody can connect to that. Not everyone can connect to the Bourne
Identity type of spy, but I think people can identify with this
Michael Westen because heís fixing his momís garbage disposal when heís
not doing some covert thing, so thatís what appeals to me. And I like
the fact that everyone in this show is an adult. It reminds me of
shows when I was a kid. I watched Rockford Files and James
Garner was an adult; he wasnít some kid actor. And so I like the fact
that this show is just geared for anyone who wants to see this type of
story. Itís not geared for kids or whatever, itís just a show that I
would watch when I was in high school, too. So, I donít know, I think
thatís what appeals to me.
been a lot of cool spy tricks and set ups theyíve done on Burn
Notice. I was wondering, whatís been your favorite thus far?
Oh man, mostly itís just the bravado. I love the fact that
in Burn Notice we not onlyÖ see, like hereís the difference in
Burn Notice and itís just more of a thematic thing is that if the
police catch someone whoís done identity theft, they might catch the
guy. They might, not necessarily, but theyíre not going to get your
money back. In Burn Notice weíre not only going to catch the
guy, weíre going to get every penny of your money back and maybe a
little more. And if the guyís careful, he might die. So our characters
donít crap around. Fiona is basically crazy. Sheíll blow up anything
for any reason. So these are not three characters that you need to mess
with. What I like is whenever theyíre confronted with something,
theyíll come back at it in such a way that is very bold, usually, and
thatís what I like.
I think the show is potentially appealing to people because
it does give you a sense of justice. For the most part, we are going to
catch these guys and weíre going to punish them, and we might torment
them at the same time. So as far as any one particular schtick, I
donít really have a favorite. My favorite thing is, you know, thereís
an episode coming up where some kid gets in trouble with a gang banger
who is a car thief. So instead of just telling the guy to knock it off,
the Burn Notice guys what theyíll do is theyíll pretend that
theyíre a bigger band of car thieves in town to just run the guy out of
town. They think bigger than just knee capping a guy in the parking
lot. So itís kind of fun.
I just like the inventiveness. Because theyíre spies
theyíre used to being in tricky situations, theyíre up against this and
that. And I also like theyíve got a little old school/new school.
Michael Westenís more new school; he fights differently, he thinks
differently, heís a little more outside the box. Sam is more like,
well, letís just hurt somebody or plant a bug. Good ole fashioned
espionage. Fiona is a little bit of a loose cannon, so that makes it
okay, too, because we canít always control her.
dry humor is kind of a big part of what keeps me tuning in, so how
important is it to keep that humor in the show to kind of break up some
of the tension that can be present.
I think itís imperative. I think Matt Nix has always
started with that dry humor right from the beginning. The voiceover
that Michael Westen has is very dry. Itís very urbane sometimes. Itís
very erotic, itís very wry, itís very witty, so Iím right there with
you; I think itís imperative. Otherwise, weíve all seen movies where
spies take their jobs so seriously. But if you really think of it, at
the end of the day spies are just people; theyíre just schmoes. They
have the same issues as everybody else, but you wouldnít think of it.
You wouldnít think that a former CIA spy would be having personal
problems that would interfere with his work or whatever. You just think
of them as being robots, but theyíre not.
Do you kind of feel that thatís what helped
viewers relate to these characters?
Thereís no question about it. If we were doing nothing but
spy-speak all the time, I think youíd get some guys to watch and go,
ďYeah, okay, cool. Theyíre talking that cool spy stuff.Ē But I think
at the end of the day I want the soccer mom to be able to watch this
show and go, ďOh, cool, theyíre trying to patch up their relationship
with something. Or Michaelís working on some old problem in the past
that is now coming back to haunt him.Ē I think thatís whatís getting a
wider range of viewers. It really isnít just squinty-eyed spies
shooting the gun sideways looking cool. That they are flawed, all of
these characters are flawed, and theyíre all kind of doing the best they
can. Theyíre tap dancing as fast as they can.
A question about your character and also
Michaelís. What are the fatal flaws that you all perceive within the
character and how do you work those in, because you guys are naturally
funny, youíre naturally accomplishing the jobs and getting it all done,
yet Sam definitely has his own quirky side that sometimes interferes but
also makes it move forward, but there is a fatal flaw in every
Sure. They are damaged goods. These are people who have
had histories and pasts and sometimes they didnít go well and something
went weird enough for Michael Westen to get burned. You know, the
Michael Westen character, Jeffrey can speak more toward that, but he
comes from a weird, messed up family. Heís got family issues. Heís got
issues with his brother, heís got issues with his mother and issues with
his ex. So everybody has issues. And he and Sam get along pretty well
now, but in the first season he wasnít even sure if he could trust Sam
because Sam, in order to save his own skin was willing to chat
occasionally with the Feds and give them some information to keep his
butt out of the fire. And Samís flaw, obviously, heís a party boy, so
itís going to distract him a little bit; itís going to slow him down.
Heís going to be probably putting his nose in some of the wrong places
sometimes. But yet heís coming around as a pretty loyal character.
And Fiona, Iím not sure what her excuse is, but sheís just
mostly nuts. And I think thatís good. I like it when, like thereís a
couple of upcoming episodes where she gets really angry because of
whatís going on with either kids or something like that. When she steps
in, itís kind of fun to watch. Sheís good at getting angry and wanting
to hurt someone.
Samís character has evolved and become much more loyal, how is this
going to play out in terms of what happens with Carla?
Well Sam never liked Carla.
Right. But I mean in terms of how much is Sam
going to go the difference in terms of just letís get rid of Carla,
Oh, Samís going all the way; heís in. Carlaís going down.
I mean, theyíve got to do something about that woman.
Itís going to be an exciting season.
Itís coming head-to-head. After the end of this seven
episode run some things are going to change in Washington. Thereís
going to be some fascinating changes coming. Thatís all I can tell
you. Otherwise, Matt Nix would send Michael Westen to kill me if I told
you more. But yes, some stuff is going to go down.
You kind of hinted at this a little bit, so one
of the things the show does is have like the long story arc with the
sniper going on and all that in addition to like an episode having a
different second plot line. Is that going to be the staple for the
remainder of this season as well?
Thereís always going to be two things going on. One is the
problem at hand, which is somebody needs help and itís worthy enough for
him to help someone in the middle of what his overlying problem is, is
who is causing all these problems for this guy. And so thatís, the one
is the constant, but the other one, the overall problem that he has is
going to, thatís going to be ratcheted up consistently throughout the
seven episodes to its final explosion point, where itís a point of no
And I would certainly say that with as much as
he drinks, he would not look as good as you do in real life, thatís for
Well, you canít be a total method actor.
on the third season renewal.
Thank you very much. Weíre excited, too, because itís a
show that we all want to be a part of. Weíre not grumbling back to
work. Iím really excited to read the first script.
Between this role and also a lot of roles youíve
done in the past, and your new movie My Name is Bruce, you have a
good time toying with the image of a hero. You enjoy playing characters
that are flawed and self-obsessed, yet theyíre eventually able to put it
together to save the day. Why do you find that kind of an interesting
character to play?
Because me personally as an actor can relate to that more
so that I can, itís just easier for me to do. Iím not good at playing
someone who doesnít have weird quirks, because Iíve never met someone
who didnít. So thatís why I tend to avoid a little bit of the
traditional hero thing, and thatís what appealed to me about this show.
This show is very untraditional, yet, having said that, there are
traditional story elements that things are going to be made right by
these people. So I donít know, those types of characters have always
appealed to me, hoping that they will appeal to the average garage
mechanic whoís watching the show. As an actor, I want my work to be as
appealing to as many people as possible.
Also, like you said, for traditional characters
you were talking about Fiona, there are a lot of really tough women in
this show, like Triciaís character and even Sharonís.
Yes, these are mostly, theyíre ball busters, these women,
and I think thatís fun. Why not have strong characters, because
honestly, thatís how you get good actresses to come work on the show.
Weíve had Lucy Lawless and that was really fun, and I knew that we could
get her because they could come up with a good character for her. So
Iím glad that worked out. Yeah, itís fun. If you have strong male
characters, you better have strong female characters.
Absolutely. One other thing that is sort of Iíd
feel is almost a character in the show is Miami itself. Itís so
beautiful. How do you feel that filming in this city really helps the
vibe of the show?
It matters, it really does. People can tell. Weíre on
beaches and weíre in swamps and at the edge of the everglades and
running around in funky alleys and buildings, you donít have to fake
your angles. The main difference is that by shooting there, you know,
Florida is a flat state, you donít see mountains anywhere. With CSI
Miami, theyíve got to be careful because if they tilt up about 10
degrees, theyíre going to be looking at the Santa Monica Mountains
there. So you donít have to fake anything. Youíve got boats left and
right, anything you need saying itís Miami, itís there. And weíre
really the main show that has stayed. Dexter left, CSI: Miami
left and weíre it. So we actually get great cooperation. We get
into as many cool places as youíd ever want to get into just because
people are excited to have us there. So weíre really capitalizing on
it. USA has kind of given us the edict of 60% of the show has to be
outdoors. Because if theyíre shooting in Miami, they want to see it.
I wanted to go off something that was said
earlier. You had mentioned the Bourne Identity and about the way
you kind of like the human side of the show, the human side of spies.
Since 9/11 and Bourne Identity, I think the whole spy genre has
changed quite a bit and so it was just continuing with that, altering
those old archetypes. Where do you guys think you see yourselves
fitting into that whole thing with just the humanization and maybe just
the little bit of ambiguity and the whole political side of the spy
world or whatever?
Weíre being very apolitical in this. We donít really take
any of those sorts of sides. I just like the fact that weíre not
cynical. There are a lot of spy shows that can be cynical because spies
themselves can be cynical because they enlisted for an altruistic reason
and sometimes, like with Michael Westen, he would be perfectly justified
to be cynical because he got burned after doing what, he doesnít even
know. He was a good spy. So I like the fact that even with that humor
has won out over cynicism and so hopefully our show will be placed in
that mode that itís not really a serious kind of Bruckheimer kind of
One thing I know, at least for myself, part of
the reason why I was drawn to the show just seeing your name on the
bill. Like this was going to have that humor, this is going to have
that fun that really is lacking sort of thing. If I could change
directions a little bit, I just have to ask who fights dirtier, spies or
Zombies because theyíre not as smart as spies. Spies donít
have to fight dirty, they just fight hard.
Youíve been on a lot of shows that have only
lasted one season. How does it feel to be back on a show that has not
only been picked up for a third season but is a hit?
Ask yourself the same question: How would you feel? You
feel good. I just learned that people like me in small doses. So
whenever Iím not the star, like with Hercules & Zena, the shows run for
six years, so Iím good. This show will be on the air forever because
Iím not the star of it, so it worked out fine. It feels good to be part
of a hit show, though, too. Honestly. The crew, any of them I think
are very grateful to know these are people who work harder than any
actor. Theyíre busting themselves 14, 16 hours a day and itís nice to
know that itís a hit show. Because sometimes you do that and the showís
a dog and it gets cancelled.
I was actually able to attend your premiere of
My Name is Bruce in Austin. It was wonderful. Are you planning on
directing anything else soon?
I can answer that question after February 10th when the DVD
comes out. Then Iíll know if anybodyís watching what I do. As you
know, itís economically driven. I would like to and Iím hoping to do
another movie in the fall of this year.
The thing Iím wondering is when they build up
the backstory between your character and Michael, it seems almost like
Michael is learning from you, and now heís the boss and youíre the
sidekick. How does Sam relate to that?
Sam was always a sidekick, though.
Well on the show, but in the backstory he was
the heavy hitter.
Well, I think itís just different, though. I think Michael
Westenís probably a better spy than Sam ever was, only because heís more
disciplined. He doesnít get drunk every five minutes. Plus, theyíre
just different; old school/new school. I think Sam, his fighting style
is different, a little more John Wayne and Michaelís is a little more
Bourne Identity. But if youíre asking what itís like being a
sidekick, I love it.
Cool. As a director yourself, what do you think
of the style of the show?
I think itís very cool without being overdone. Weíve all
seen movies and TV shows where you go, ďGeez, give it a restĒ
stylistically because itís either too handheld or it gives you a
headache or itís over-editing. I think Burn Notice is very
stylish without being obnoxious. I like the voiceover. I think itís a
very unique style. I like the freeze frames where the title comes in
Joe Blow, Client. And then another one comes in, Joe Blow, Loser, or
whatever. Itís just kind of a fun, makes it a little cool and jazzy and
freewheeling. And they also mess with the colors, too. The showís very
colorful. If you look at the ocean in any of the shots, itís bright
green or blue. The clouds are amazing, too.
What are the chances of Michael and Fiona
becoming an official, committed couple by the end of this season?
If I was Matt Nix I could answer that. Who knows? These
are two volatile people, so the chances are probably not great. Thatís
the best I could guess.
One of the strengths of the show seems to be the
fact that weíve got four really great, simple characters. Talk about
the relationship you have with each one of your costars. What itís like
to work with each one of them.
Character-wise or person to person?
Okay. Well, basically, Sam and Michael, they did work
together in the past. They didnít really have too many issues in the
past with each other. Sam is a different personality. At first he
wasnít sure if he could be trusted. Now I think itís pretty clear Sam
is in it for the long haul. Otherwise, what would he be doing? He would
be on some beach drunk somewhere, so this gives him something to do.
And so their relationship has definitely solidified because they hadnít
seen each other in a while and all the crap they went through in the
past was the past, but now theyíre going through a bunch of new crap and
it makes them even tighter, I think.
Sam and Fiona were probably never close; different styles.
He thinks sheís too impulsive and too over the top, over kill. She
never thinks that these guys are doing enough. Sam, I think, was less
tolerant, you know, when they first met they almost got in a fist fight
because they hated each other from the past. And, oh, Iíve got finish
my Donovan part of it, though.
But person to person, Bruce and Jeffrey, I feel that our
personal relationship is kind of the same as Sam and Mike; itís his show
and I respect him a lot as an actor and my job is to support. Iím the
supporting actor. So, we currently, I call him Mr. Donovan and we get
So getting back to Sam and Fiona, now Sam and Fiona are, I
think, more, they know that neither of them is going anywhere, so
theyíve got to deal with each other. So you can have your banter and
then occasionally Sam will ask her about girl stuff or whatever. So you
do have that ability to not only deal with case stuff with Fiona,
arguing about tactics, but Sam can also have a softer element with her
by talking about dames, about women.
Then basically with Michaelís mother, Madeline, who now Sam
I think calls Maddy, I think itís always been respectful. Didnít know
her all that well and now theyíve actually spent more time. And youíll
see in some of these upcoming episodes, Sam and Madeline spend more time
together for a bunch of different reasons and they get to know each
other more, and you see more of the dynamics. Theyíre much more
comfortable with each other now as a pair.
So as far as Bruce and Sharon Gless, look, I respect her as
a television icon. I mean, whatís not to love about her? And as a
person sheís really kind of shy and cute and kooky, and itís a great
thing. And she lives down there in Miami and she just has a ball. So
itís been fun to work with someone who is so iconic, you see how nothing
is as forced; theyíre very comfortable in their skin because theyíve
been around for so long. So I have to say the dynamics I feel are fine
on the show. We donít have anything thatís interfering with doing our
How much do you see of yourself in Sam and how
much do you see of the others in the characters they portray?
Well, thatís always a tough call. Actors canít escape their
own physical being. Youíre always going to see Bruce Campbell there
doing whatever. I donít drink as much as Sam does and I donít womanize
as much as Sam does because Iíve been married for 17 years to the same
woman. So, itís always fun to just let loose. Sam is a much more
relaxed character than me. I live in the Pacific Northwest and by the
time I show up in Miami this March, Iím going to be white and pasty and
Iím going to be squinting at the sun because itís been raining and
snowing here in the Pacific Northwest. So Iíll go back down to Miami,
Iíll strip my work boots off, my jeans off and get back into that
character, get back into that basically removing clothing. You know, I
get my t-shirts off, I get my flannel shirts off and start getting back
in flip flops and shorts. Because I literally live at the complete
opposite end of the country and itís a huge adjustment every year, but
it kind of cracks me up that people perceive me as this kind of, hey,
beach guy with a beer in his hand and Iím kind of the opposite. Iím
such a woodsy guy. I like mountains and streams and rivers and lakes.
I was just curious, have you ever been
approached or are you ever going to direct any episodes of Burn
Iíve never really discussed it officially or had it posed
to me. Iíve directed television in the past, but I think in this case
itís reallyÖ Iím in a fun situation where Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle
and everyone, we have a good relationship and Iím kind of a bossy
director and Iím not sure if itís right for television. So I think Iím
just going to step back. We have a good group of guys thatís come in and
out now of men and women who have directed some really good episodes.
So I think Iím just going to get out of the way and be a good little
What would you like to say to everyone whoís a
fan and supporter of you and Burn Notice?
As always, I bow to anyone who watches or supports what I
do or the show, because thatís what keeps the show on the air. You have
to have that support. So to them I would say we will try and come up to
be equal with your devotion to give you hopefully a good show from
season to season. Weíre all looking forward to season three because we
donít know what to expect. Itís going to be really interesting to see
where it goes this year. So like everybody else, Iím hopefully just as
excited to see whatís going to happen.
Every time we see Sam it seems like he has a
beer in his hand and I was wondering what you are actually drinking.
Well, as an actor you canít even really go near that these
days. The days of sort of the John Wayne drinking in your trailer days
are kind of over. Itís just good old fashioned water. Because
sometimes if you put real fizzy stuff in there or even like they have
the non-alcoholic beer, which still has a little percentage of alcohol,
but it will just make you burp. It gets you all bloated and burpy. So I
just go for water. What we do is we use always a colored bottle.
Youíll notice itís either a green bottle or a red bottle, and it kind of
disguises whatís inside. Youíve blown my cover. Sorry.
Carla has been the main archenemy on Burn
Notice this season. Iím expecting her, of course, to return for the
second half. Is there going to be anyone else beyond her, her boss,
perhaps, or another arch villain coming into the picture?
I think Iím allowed to say very likely. Very likely.
Everyone has a boss, so I think the season will prove no different.
Because Michaelís being manipulated by someone who might be manipulated
by someone. You never know. I think the layers are going to get deeper
this season and it will start to get to the point where somethingís
What would you say to someone if they came up to
you and said that they were such a big fan of yours that they named
their son Ash?
Iíve already had that. Multiple times, as a matter of
fact. I would say have a long and prosperous life as Ash. Hopefully
heíll have a life thatís not as bad as being named Sue, you know? But
Ash is a little on the girlie side, so he might have to stand up tall.
I just want to know where you would like to see
the character of Sam go in season three.
Iíd like some new shirts. Actually, Tommy Bahama is going
to sponsor season three, so you will see some new shirts. I think like
any show you just want to see your character used. I donít know if I
have to have a whole, completely different life revealed, but I think
showing people off duty is always good. We see a little bit of that
with Michael and Fiona. We donít really see what Sam does. I guess
heíd be sitting in a bar somewhere. I never really know. I never know
what to suggest in those cases because the writers have so much going
on. Theyíve got a lot theyíve got to deal with. And I think they
struck a pretty good tone of not getting too involved in your personal
life that youíd forget about the caper of the week. So I think, also,
until you deal with some huge, bigger story lines, until those play out,
you donít have time to see someone go fishing or whatever.
For a followup question regarding season three,
Burn Notice started out with being just that, Michael
was burned. And then we go into now someoneís trying to kill him. How
much further, what else could possibly happen?
Itís going to get bad because itís not only you that
theyíre after, meaning Michael Westen, but theyíre after friends and
family. They want them all. And so weíre going to get into kind of a no
mercy situation that I think is going to be very interesting and fun for
people to watch. And itís really been great; Jeffrey Donovan has some
absolutely wonderful tour de force stuff. Heís just so good for the
show because heís an animal; heís a really intense actor and he can hold
up for a whole season, which is a lot of work for him. And itís good,
these next episodes kind of let them strut his stuff. And incidentally,
the first episode back was written and directed by Matt Nix who created
the show. I think this is his first television foray and I think he did
a great job. Itís a really cool opening show.
With all the shows and channels out there, do
you feel like itís harder to find a show or is it easier with the
technology and things like TiVo?
Oh, I think itís easier. Definitely. Between YouTube,
just Internet stuff, itís easier. Well the trick, though, is to find
out how to tell people that you want to tell, the people that you want,
youíve got to find out what theyíre watching and how theyíre watching
it. Are they watching it live, are they streaming it, are they
downloading it, are they doing a DVD the first season? Are they
TiVoíing it? Thereís so many ways now. So Iím glad that people donít
have to sit down, love to have them Thursdays at 10, but it doesnít
matter as much as every year goes by, because now theyíre factoring in
the TiVo ratings, thank God, because our ratings actually go up. Look,
the average person, I have to say, I think the numbers are way off,
still. I think 30% of America is not watching live TV, maybe more, and
every year itís going to change. So I just hope that we all as a show
and as a network that we stay on top of it and figure out how to find
these people who are watching it in different ways.
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