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Bruce Campbell Is Surprised That His Cameo In Doctor Strange 2 Made The Cut

Bruce Campbell discusses his Doctor Strange 2 appearance, stating that considering the MCU film's numerous reshoots, he was shocked his character made the cut

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows the eponymous Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he tries to safeguard a teenage hero (America Chavez, portrayed by Xochitl Gomez) who has the power to travel through time and space and is being pursued by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Campbell appears as a seller with a food booth in an other dimension visited by Strange and Chavez in both the main film and the Multiverse of Madness post-credits sequence. Doctor Strange enchants Campbell's character to beat himself up over a mistake, an homage to Campbell's performance as Ash Williams in the Evil Dead flicks.

Campbell revealed to THR that he was astonished that his character in Multiverse of Madness made it into the final cut. The actor claimed that the film went through multiple rewrites during production, and he expected his sequence to be deleted. Raimi also went through many Doctor Strange 2 reshoots for material that wasn't in the original screenplay, resulting in a lot of raw film to edit to make the final product, according to him. Read the following quote from him:

"I can’t believe I made it into the movie! I used to joke that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t sure he was going to be in the movie because they were constantly reworking the storyline and Sam had to shoot additional stuff that wasn’t in the original script, so it’s a shell game."

Given Raimi's decades-long friendship with Campbell, it's not surprise that the filmmaker would find a way for Campbell to appear in the film and make sure it made the final edit. A probable Campbell appearance was the subject of much internet conjecture long before Multiverse of Madness was revealed. Before the Doctor Strange sequel was released, Campbell used Twitter to announce his appearance, but left spectators wondering what role he would play. Though Campbell's appearance in Multiverse of Madness was brief, the pair's partnership is far from ended. As executive producers, they are presently working on Evil Dead Rise, which will premiere on HBO Max later this year. Campbell recently appeared in Evil Dead: The Game, reprising his role as Ash.

Raimi's innovative directing and Campbell's campy and adored lead performance have made Evil Dead a classic of horror film history. Though the two have pursued distinct paths since then, it's encouraging to see how close they remain, to the point where Raimi will work around a multi-million dollar MCU franchise entry like Doctor Strange 2 in order to include his old pal. Despite the fact that Campbell has essentially retired from big live-action roles since Evil Dead, his Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness appearance demonstrates how much he and Raimi care about their shared history, and the picture benefits as a result.

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