Jon Bernthal has made a name for himself via TV adaptations of comic book properties in recent years ranging from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to his role earlier this year as The Punisher in the second season of Marvel and Netflix’s “Daredevil”.
You may be surprised to hear that originally he had no desire to be involved in a hero-themed comic adaptation and explained to GQ recently that it was his casting as Frank Castle/The Punisher that completely changed his mind:
“I’m working on The Punisher now. You know, this whole superhero-comic-book thing is something I had zero interest in being a part of. The guys that I really, really respect as actors seem to have kind of purposely stayed away from that. I don’t mean that I’m above that or anything, just that it was not for me.
But then when I got to know a little bit about this character… He ain’t got a [frick]ing cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a [frick]ing tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment. Frank Castle resonates with me.
And comic-book fans are the greatest fans on earth. It’s not like their insane fervor isn’t based on anything. This is a super-intelligent fan base, because reading a comic book requires you to do a lot of work. You’ve got to fill in all these [frick]ing gaps. I’m respectful of that. These characters exist in their minds and hearts.”
Bernthal will be reprising the role next year in a standalone “The Punisher” series and is rumored to have a cameo in the event series “The Defenders”.