• If Chins Could Kill

  • Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • By: Bruce Campbell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,765 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already!

©2002 Bruce Campbell (P)2010 Bruce Campbell

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Chin-tacular

I loved this book. Bruce (we're on a first name basis) has a perfect voice for narration. I could (and did) listen to him talk for hours. The book made me realize just how human actors actually are. His stories are funny and his observations of society are hilarious. I enjoyed every minute of this book.

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The audio edition is better than the book.

I read the book several years ago and throughly enjoyed it. Bruce's narration makes a very good book great.

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One Of The Most Enjoyable Books I Have Ever Heard

Would you listen to If Chins Could Kill again? Why?

Yes
There is a wealth of insider information on how Hollywood works and the inside story on what it takes to be a successful actor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bruce Campbell, of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The tender story of how a chin conquered Hollywood and won our hearts

Any additional comments?

This book is funny, informative and sometimes downright dangerous to listen to when driving home from work as you can laugh so hard you might fall out of your seat - thank goodness for seat belts.

I've enjoyed Bruce's work in front of the camera since I first saw him in the Evil Dead series. It wasn't until I listened to this book that I found out that he was an integral part of many other favorite movies and TV shows in a behind the camera capacity.

Thanks to Bruce's dramatic reading and witty prose, this is one of the all time best listens I've ever gotten from audible.com.

I hope audible gets more of Bruce's books in stock soon.

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this book as I did.

Cheers.

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Easily a B+

As a long time fan of Bruce Campbell, it was sort of interesting to hear him talk about things that were far from glamorous when it comes to the life of a "movie star" in the industry. He also gave some fun backstories to a few of those films you know you love if you are even bothering to glance at this title.

The only downside is that this book was written well before "Burn Notice" took off and became a bit of a hit. It would have been fun to hear about some of that part of what has now become perhaps a nudge closer to B+ as far as his acting status is concerned.

If you want something fluffy and full of pretentious nonsense, read the tabloids. If you want a real guy to tell you how it really is, this is a fun read.

Having Bruce read his own book made it that much better. You felt like you were just hanging out and he was telling you his tale.

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Bruce Campbell rocks out his story!

Great listen for fans of Bruce Campbell. Much like Ash vs. Evil Dead, nobody else could have pulled this off.

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Makes you understand the movie & TV business

This was a very hysterical book. Bruce explains his family background and complete history of the film business. I never saw Evil Dead, but now it's on my Netflix list. He also explains everything you ever wanted to know about tv & movie business. Fair warning though there is no mention of his Burn Notice days, as it was only in season 4.

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Entertaining and informative

I didn't know I wanted to care about what it is to be B actor.

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Hail To The King!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone I know who's a fan of any of these subjects will enjoy this audiobook:

Chins
The Evil Dead
Cheesy B Movies
Chins
Sam Raimi
Burn Notice
Spider-Man
Chins
Darkman
True Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
Fake True Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
1973 yellow Oldsmobile
Chins
True Fake Fake Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
Chins

What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

Any moment involving chins.

Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favorite?

Himself. Although his impression of the greedy, pig-headed Ted Raimi is also pretty spot on. From what I've heard about him he sounds like a pretty terrible person who, in place of a chin, is just all neck*


*What I heard about him came primarily from this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to chainsaw my own chin off in shame of the knowledge that it will only get me so far in life...which turns out won't be very far.

Any additional comments?

Chins, chins, chins! Listen to this audiobook now please.

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A Look Into the Life of a Hollywood Working Stiff

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It offers an incredible and hilarious look into Bruce Cambell's life, and is enjoyable, even if you don't know him.

What other book might you compare If Chins Could Kill to and why?

There are not many other books that I have read or listened to that are similar. ICCK is its own beast.

Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favorite?

All are wonderful, Irvin Shapiro and the Acid-Dropping Fan being standouts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was many a moment when I physically laughed out loud at his well-told anecdotes.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would be interested in the crazy world of Hollywood.

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Groovy!!!

Loved listen to him tell his story, it was sitting listen to good friend or family.

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  • Katherine
  • 07-05-15

Groovy: the 2010 edition

The inimitable Bruce Campbell, one of the most distinctive voices (and chins) in show business, recounts his life story with charm and humour. From growing up with legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi to working with the Coen brothers and cross-dressing on the NZ set of Hercules, Campbell's story has warmth and remains down to earth throughout. A heartily recommended listen from the star of the Evil Dead movies and a must for fans. Even for those who have read the book, the lengthy addendum recounting events on his book tour to promote the original version of this story makes it a worthwhile addition to every Deadite's collection.

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  • kmcca5
  • 08-07-14

Very Funny Book

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I had been told this was worth a read so was very happy to see it on audible. I wasn’t disappointed. I am a fan of Bruce Campbell and I guess that helps but I didn’t quite expect it to be as funny as it was.
Well worth checking out for anyone that likes a laugh, enjoys films and wondered what it is like to be an actor in B movies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-27-14

Groovy!

What did you like most about If Chins Could Kill?

Full of information, that any fan of Bruce Campbell, will want to know!

What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

Bruce talking about shooting on 8mm.

Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favourite?

Elvis.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well I didn't listen to it in the toilet.

Any additional comments?

A must for fans of Bruce Campbell!

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  • Richard Cassidy
  • 09-14-21

If you love Bruce Campbell, this is for you!

I've been a fan of Bruce for some years, and I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I finally got around to it, but instead went for it on audio, as it was read by Bruce himself.

This is a very funny and entertaining walk through his life from a child, to the cult movie icon we know him as today.

Bruce is a true living legend and I'd recommend this to any fan!

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  • Donna G
  • 05-05-21

Groovy

A must listen for any fans of Bruce. Narrated by the legend himself, it gives a much more engaging listening experience.

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  • F. Varga
  • 04-23-16

The man himself, telling the stories

What more could we ask for? Bruce himself is telling the stories we've always wanted to hear. A trustworthy companion on walks, a good way to put a smile on, and to forget stress for a while. The story of someone who achieved his goals by showing up and making the effort, and somehow managed to remember how to enjoy the journey itself. This audiobook is like an old friend to me, who's always been there and never disappoints. I have listened to it multiple times during the years, and it is one of those books that give me comfort even by just being in my library. Worth every penny, if you ask me.

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  • Boba Fett
  • 08-02-22

Bruce Campbell is Groovy

Love Bruce Campbell, though I mostly know him from the Evil Dead films and his Spiderman cameos, this was an insightful look at the life and career of Bruce up until September 2001.

It is so well read that the hours flew by. As such this audiobook is ideal for commutes, road trips and just chilling out.

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  • Scott lamb
  • 05-30-22

A great insight into Bruce!!

I was a massive fan before listening to this book but now an even bigger fan!! Had the privilege of meeting him some years ago and had the true feeling he was a decent fella… I was right .. some great stories and insight. Well read and a great pace … 👍🏻👍🏻

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  • Tbone455ci
  • 05-29-22

If your a fan you'll love it

What more could you want? Bruce narrates it with his humorous style. A great insight into Bruce's career with many hilarious moments🍻

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-22

Brilliant.

What's not to love? Bruce Campbell narrating a book by Bruce Campbell, on Bruce Campbell.

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  • Matthew
  • 08-13-17

wonderful view of the reality of film

Absolutely loved it. A great insight into the film industry by someone who just loves the process and the product.

Only a few make it to total stardom. Bruce tells the story of what you can do with your life when you have a passion for something, and you go for it

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  • Jordan
  • 12-23-16

Awesome!

As a long time Bruce Campbell fan from the original Evil Dead to Hercules and Xena up to now i have to say this was an amazing book and a great choice as my first one from audible! It offered me an insight into acting life as i've never seen or head before. Thank's for the great book Bruce, and long live Ash VS Evil Dead!!!!

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  • Finn
  • 05-12-16

Just brilliant

It's just an amazing book with brilliant narration. Bruce Campbell needs to update this again for his more recent triumphs

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  • Thomas
  • 07-24-22

Groovy!

This is a very enjoyable audio book. If you can't find anything better to do with your time. As it happened, I only had to complete my master's thesis this week, so of course, I had loads of free time to kill.
Thank you, Mr Campbell.

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  • Noarev
  • 12-22-21

A wonderful view

I really enjoyed Mr. Campbell's storytelling, the earnestness with which he shares and looks back at past events. I found this to be a relaxing, interesting listen, and a perfect way to unwind after a long work day and shake off that lingering anxiety.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-21

Awesome

A great listen from one of my favourite actors. I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of Bruce.

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  • matt
  • 06-27-19

Mr Gbons

I have been trying to get around to reading this book since the day I first heard of it's existance well over 15yrs now. Bruce campbell to me is a legend army of darkness quotes would pour out of me, and to this day I still say "grovvey" like ASH did and when my wife gives me flack I say "honey you got real ugly " any way enough about me lets get back to Bruce and this book. The narrative by bruce just makes it so easy to listen to as when he speaks you can hear his passion even if it is to be a smart arse or remember something that if done this day and age you would get arrested I think.

I will finish it off with if you like Bruce as a talented artist and are up for a good inside the business laugh this is for you and if this is not enough you can get the next one Hail to the chin furthe confessions of a B grade movie actor.


I would like to say Bruce campbell has not endorsed or paid me any way to share this or plug his second book.

Hail to the king baby.

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  • Josh Coupland
  • 04-25-19

Bruce Campbell CLASSIC COMEDY in Book form

I was over the moon when I saw that Bruce had written his own books and even more narrated it and
since he wrote this book we get a lot of info on what his career was like before and after the cult classics.
In pure Bruce style you get a lot of funny stories that are just added to the experience by having the man himself tell you the stories.

I love how this book feels like one long interview with Bruce however there was only one question and it was "Tell me about your life"

if you love Bruce you would very much enjoy the book after all its like listening to an interview with Bruce.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

Great easy listen

This is a great, easy listen and funny story, if your a fan of Bruce's you'll love it.

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  • Kai1
  • 08-13-18

Listened to it on planes, trains and buses across the world

A great listen, Bruce's voice is A delight to hear and keep me company during many a yawnful moment. You know actually this book is probably far more educational than it intended to be, painting an interesting picture of how a bunch of college kids could raise the funds to make a proper movie. I really enjoyed if Chins could kill and can't wait to listen to the next one !!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.