Lee Majors made his first ever Comic-Con appearance today at Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead panel. As previously reported, he’ll play the father of Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, the one-handed chainsaw man.
“This is a guy who had two series go over 100 episodes,” beamed Bruce Campbell in his introduction to Majors.
Said co-creator Sam Raimi, “We get to learn about Bruce’s character through Lee Majors.”
“We get to see where Ash got all of his bad habits,” said Campbell in the panel moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten.
“You and I are the only actors in Hollywood who both still have hair on their chests and haven’t gotten rid of it,” joked Campbell to Majors.
“The only thing I don’t like about the show is him calling me Pops!,” exclaimed Majors. The Six Million Dollar Man and Fall Guy headliner said he watched the first episode and immediately became hooked on the show. “It was a bloody good time,” said Majors in regards to joining the Ash vs. Evil Dead motley crew.
Season 2 picks up with Ash Williams (Campbell) leaving Jacksonville to return to his hometown of Elk Grove to confront and join forces with his former enemy, Ruby (Lucy Lawless), in their fight against the deadites. Joining him are his sidekick, Pablo Simon Bolivar (Ray Santiago), still coping with the intense trauma he suffered in season one, and Kelly Maxwell (Dana DeLorenzo), grief-stricken over the deaths of her parents and bent on revenge against the undead.
Explaining why it was better to extend the Evil Dead universe on TV versus the big screen, Campbell explained that Starz enabled Raimi and the show’s creators the opportunity to provide “unrestricted content and to have as few restrictions as possible.”
Raimi added, “Starz wanted to provide something that couldn’t be found anywhere else. And we’re on cable, and wanted it to be a unique experience. The intensity of the second season pushes in that direction.”
Ash vs. Evil Dead is based on the classic Evil Dead horror-comedy films directed by Sam Raimi and starring Campbell. Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Ivan Raimi along with Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam and Moira Grant serve as producers.