Jon Bernthal’s Punisher is Not Interested in Winning Over the Audience


Frank Castle has always been less than conventional and one of the more outspoken characters to come out of the Marvel camp. Known as the Punisher, the not-so-heroic vigilante will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means blowing everything to pieces. Outside of comic books, the role has been portrayed by a handful of actors, including Thomas Jane, Dolph Lundgren, and Ray Stevenson. The latest actor to take on the task of becoming the gritty badass is none other than Jon Bernthal.

Having appeared as the Punisher in Netflix’s season two of Daredevil, Bernthal is set to take the spotlight in his own series on the streaming service later this year. With that being said, Jon has recently spoken with Moviefone about the upcoming show and how his character isn’t really looking for the approval from the audience. Sounds a lot like Frank Castle, right? Here’s what he had to say:

It’s an interesting predicament. To put him as the central character is interesting. I think that my big struggle with him is that one of my biggest kind of things that I’m always fighting for on set is, I always want to preserve the essence of Frank, and have the right and be bold enough to really turn my back on the audience, and not do things to win the audience’s favor, but rather stay true to the character and the essence of who he is.

I think Frank is brutal. Frank is damaged. Frank is tortured. I think Frank, when he engages in violence, there’s something utterly satisfying and addictive for him to be doing that, and that may not be something that the audience can agree with or get behind. But I’ve always fought to preserve that, and I think that that’s a part of him. I think the pain and what’s behind the violence and the reason why he’s committing the violence, that’s a different story. I want to explore that, too.

So I think that’s the real challenge: being bold enough to not make him too heroic, at least “heroic,” is important to me. That being said, I think there’s Frank Castle inside of everybody. I think being a father and being a husband, he’s a character that I deeply empathize with.

The Punisher has always had his demons, and they certainly seem as if they will be on full display in the upcoming series. If the success of other Marvel properties on the streaming service is any indication, Jon Bernthal could very well end up being the definitive version of Frank Castle. Only time will tell. Stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as the premiere of the show approaches, and for other related news, check out the following:

What say you, binge watchers? Is Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the violent Frank Castle going to be the best version of the Punisher yet? Who is your favorite actor that has brought life to the role that deals out a ton of death? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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