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BRUCE CAMPBELL'S DIGNIFIED TURN AS A GERIATRIC ELVIS PRESLEY, FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AGAINST AN ANCIENT SOUL-SUCKING MONSTER, IS A SATIRIC, SURREAL AND SYMPATHETIC HOMAGE TO ELVIS PRESLEY ... THE MAN -

THE KING OF ROCK VS. MUMMY DEAREST

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by Joe R. Lansdale, "Bubba Ho-tep" tells the bizarre 'true' story of Elvis Presley (Bruce "Evil Dead" Campbell), a resident of an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before, but literally blew his chance to ever switch back.

Elvis teams up with 'Jack' (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident (who thinks he is 'JFK') and the two old boys take on a pistol-toting, Jonah Hex/Cryptkeeper-like entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as a soul-quenching hunting ground ...

Michael Stevens chats with "Bubba Ho-tep" star Bruce Campbell and director Don Coscarelli during the Toronto International Film Festival ...

Producer/Director Don Coscarelli says "Bubba Ho-tep" was invited to screen at this year's Toronto International Film Festival as part of the "Midnight Madness" sidebar.

He says "Bubba" is primarily about "the redemption of Elvis Presley".

As for comic books, Don is currently into "Preacher" but he grew up with DC Comics specifically and loves "Green Lantern". He would direct a film like GL if asked "but it would have to have a great actor like an Edward Norton" as opposed to some muscle-guy.

Asked about 'revisiting' a new "Beastmaster" movie, Don says if he did another one it would NOT be PG-13 but "real sword and sorcery with naked women ... hard r-rated...", but that "the stars must align" if that were to ever happen ...

Bruce Campbell spoke very highly about his director, with great respect for Don "scraping his knees" and "crawling through glass" as a producer, to get "Bubba Ho-tep" financed and in the can.

Bruce says his take on Elvis is not about the 'myth' of Elvis "but about Elvis the man."

Bruce is also keen on promoting his best-selling book "If Chins Could Kill : Confessions of a B-Movie Actor", now available in paperback. His next book, due in 2003 is "Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way", delving into aphrodisiacs, pick-up lines, and all things "hot and heavy".

Bruce said he loved school-chum Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movie ("...I can identify with an ordinary kind of guy like Peter Parker") and takes great pride in having portrayed the 'wrestling MC' character that bestows Parker with his 'Spider-Man' moniker. Bruce looks forward to definitely appearing in "The Amazing Spider-Man : Spider-Man 2".

As for his interest in comic books, Bruce says when he was a kid the only comic book he ever read, or liked, was Harvey Comics' "Sad Sack" because he could relate to the good-natured, put-upon GI Private as a 'real' character ...