After almost forty years, Bruce Campbell is truly ready to hang up the chainsaw and boomstick for the final time. Campbell has played the Deadite killing character Ashley “Ash” J. Williams ever since Evil Dead in 1981, when it put himself & director Sam Raimi on the map career-wise, through various films and different mediums.
Following the recent news that Starz has decided to cancel Ash Vs. Evil Dead after the season three finale, Campbell took to his Facebook to offer up a farewell to fans as he’s taking this opportunity to walk away from the character he’s most associated with.
Good people, Evil Dead fans everywhere, I bid you a heartfelt farewell playing Ash – the character I took acting lessons with for 39 years.
I am hereby retiring from that portrayal. It’s time. I followed Ash from his formative years thru his mid-life crisis and decline. What a thrill! What a privilege!
We had a great resurgence with the help of Starz (kudos not jeers, folks). They made it possible for 15 more hours of Evil Dead-ness in your life – the equivalent of 10 more features!
Is Ash dead? Never. Ash is as much a concept as a person. Where there is evil in this world, there must be one to counter – man or woman, it matters not.
Thanks for watching.
In his farewell, Campbell notes that while he is ready to move on from the character and the world that it doesn’t mean it will not live on in some format. Whether someone else picks up the role of Ash or if another character ends up becoming the “Chosen One” to fight Deadites as Ash was, the world could continue.
Whether there will be more Evil Dead related films, shows or other media remains to be seen. What very well may be the final ever appearance of Ash Williams begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT on April 29 on Starz.