Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Sam Raimi doesn’t have Bruce Campbell to kick around anymore. Not in Oz: The Great and Powerful, at least.
Raimi made an early career out of kicking Campbell’s ass on a regular basis through the Evil Dead films, and the actor has cameoed in many of Raimi’s features that followed. He was set for a cameo in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as three sister witches with whom he becomes entangled when he finds himself in their land of Oz. But that cameo is no longer happening.
Campbell said on Twitter: “My scene in Oz has been cut before the shooting. It happens on epic flicks. Disappointed, but all good w/Sam. On to the next adventure!”
Too bad that the cut happened before cameras rolled on Campbell; the scene could have ended up on the DVD if it had merely hit the cutting room floor. But now there is no scene at all. There’s always the Evil Dead remake to look forward to, for your Campbell cameo needs. Or maybe not. TV Guide talked to Campbell about Burn Notice and asked him about cameoing in The Evil Dead. His answer: “I don’t know. The old farmer? “Hey! How’s it going…?” I don’t know.”
Sounds like the Oz cameo cut had more to do with the shoot schedule for that film, or the script on that end, than it does Campbell’s Burn Notice schedule or anything else. We’ll wait and see about that Evil Dead cameo…