Jon Bernthal, who played the Punisher in season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil, discussed playing the role and his starring part in the upcoming Netflix series focused on the Punisher in an interview with Deadline. Bernthal revealed that what drew him to the character of Frank Castle was his humanity. "He's trying to find these people who have taken his heart from him, and he's trying to kill them, as brutal a way as possible. I think that's as sort of old and classic and human a tale as possible," Bernthal states.
The actor feels he wouldn't be able to play the role if he weren't a father and husband himself. He says that you have to be in that position to "really, really understand what it means to love somebody, to love people more than you love yourself, and to willingly give your life for them in a heartbeat. Until you really understand that, I don't think you can begin to understand what it would be like to lose that love." He also talked about how he spent time away from his family to fully immerse himself in the character.
When it comes to the upcoming Punisher show on Netflix, Bernthal admitted her didn't really know anything right now. "It's kind of part and parcel with the way that Marvel works. Information is definitely on a need to know basis."
In another interview with Awards Daily, Bernthal revealed that he thinks the audiences hasn't met the real Punisher yet. "The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He's reeling from the loss of his family. He's driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible." This implies that the Frank we see in the Punisher show might be a different person from the one we saw in Daredevil. Now that his grief is less raw, it's possible his mission will expand and we'll see a different side of him.
The Punisher is coming to Netflix in November 2017.
It sounds like Bernthal has really thrown himself into the character. I think it's great that he's so honored to play the part and thinks so deeply about it. What did you think of Jon Bernthal as The Punisher? Are you looking forward to the upcoming Netflix show?