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Bruce Campbell says he won't play Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep sequel

‘I killed it, for me,’ explains ‘Evil Dead’ star

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As befits a movie in which Bruce Campbell plays an Egyptian mummy-battling Elvis Presley and the late, great African-American actor Ossie Davis portrays John F. Kennedy, the 2002 horror-comedy Bubba Ho-Tep has achieved the status of beloved cult classic. Fans of director Don Coscarelli’s movie have long waited for the proposed sequel, Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She Vampires, which at one point looked likely to find Campbell reprising his role of Presley and Paul Giamatti playing the King’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. But when Campbell dropped by the Sirius XM studios to appear on the EW Channel’s Entertainment Weirdly show, the actor made clear that he had no intention of appearing in a sequel

“I killed it,” said the Evil Dead star. “I killed it for me. I told the creators that I didn’t want to dance around it anymore. I feel that the first one was a nice little gem and you don’t have to make a sequel for everything. Don Coscarelli, god bless him, go make it. You know, get somebody else. They had Ron Perlman at one point. Knock yourself out. I don’t want to stop you from making this, but I don’t want to [do it]. So, that one I’m just going to let go.”

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You can learn more about Bubba Ho-Tep by picking up a copy of Campbell’s new memoir Hail to the Chin: Further Adventures of a B Movie Actor, which devotes a chapter to the film, and you can watch the film’s trailer above.