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CCI: Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe Panel

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CCI: <i>Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe</i> Panel
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Comic-Con International in San Diego kicked off with a bang as Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and star Bruce Campbell stepped onstage to talk about the USA Network prequel movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, which will be released next week on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The discussion covered several topics, from the inspiration for Sam’s character — “When I think of Sam Axe, I think of him as the best older brother that ever was” – to why the prequel was set in Colombia rather than the show’s usual Miami locale. With Campbell present, there were plenty of laughs, such as when Nix brought up Sam’s love interest, played by Kiele Sanchez. “Guys, you’re not missing that much,” Campbell slyly interjected.

The duo also talked about star Jeffrey Donovan who, along with making a cameo as Michael Westen, directed the movie. Campbell explained how Donovan’s directorial process works and, in his usual joking manner, how he ended up on the list of potential directors by giving him the “death stare” – a specialty for Westen. Campbell said Donovan couldn’t appear at the convention because Nix “wouldn’t let him” (due to filming in Miami). That drew big laughs from the audience, along with requests to call and Skype the actor (sadly, the panelists didn’t oblige).

Nix then introduced part of the tongue-in-cheek documentary The Fall of Jeffrey Donovan, a tongue-in-cheek documentary that features staffers talking badly about the demanding nature of the actor/director. The highlight would have to be Donovan laughing while live ammo was used on the set, and a crew member plotting to poison him.

In the audience Q&A that followed, Campbell was asked about training for the role. He replied that he did two things: “jack and shit.”

Other topics included Campbell being No. 2 on the call list (behind Donovan, naturally) and whether Burn Notice was based on his life story (Campbell rewarded that fan with a DVD).  The actor also had a little fun with a fan dressed as Harry Potter, saying “Harry Potter’s dead!” to a laughing crowd.

Nix also fielded some questions, including one revolving around a movie based on Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), Westen’s on-again, off-again girlfriend/partner on Burn Notice. He didn’t confirm anything, but said it’s definitely worth considering. The casting of Campbell as Sam Axe also came up, with Nix explaining that it was a long shot that paid off for everyone involved.

One of the funnier moments of the Q&A came when a fan put her 7-year-old up to complimenting Campbell, leading him to jokingly reply, “You’re a lousy mother!” When another audience member asked a question while holding a Campbell doll, the actor suggested he cuddled with it every night.

Campbell also tossed out DVDs and other items to the crowd. Nix joked that USA Network told the actor he could give away merchandise as long as he didn’t throw it – so of course Campbell did.

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