One role that actor Thomas Jane probably won’t escape is that of Frank Castle, aka. The Punisher. Jane played the role in Lionsgate’s 2004 film adaptation of the comic along with the 2012 unofficial short film “The Punisher: Dirty Laundry”.
Then in 2013, the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel Studios, leading to speculation that the character would return in a future Marvel project. In fact, he could potentially return as a character in one of the studio’s upcoming Netflix series.
Out doing promotional rounds for “Vice,” Jane has revealed that whichever way Marvel chooses to proceed, he’s done with playing the role. He tells I Am Rogue:
“I feel like I’ve done it. That’s why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that was truer to my own vision of what that movie could be. I feel like I put that out there. It was really well received.
I hope that The Punisher will continue. I hope they get an idea of what it can be and how to make it successful. I hope that they use that short film as a template for how to make it truer to what that character is. I feel like I’ve done it even though it was a short film. I said what I wanted to say with that guy.
I don’t think I ever really was the perfect Frank Castle. I look at him as Italian. A guy who, I guess I’m the right age now, but I would see him as a weathered guy. My body is not quite perfect for Frank. I would see Frank as more of a square jawed, lock-jawed kind of guy. I don’t know who it would be. I think you’d need an unknown to play Frank. He’s really the ideal asshole.”
Jane also held a Reddit AMA session a day later and wasn’t as closed off, saying: “With the right story – I’d do it again. Yeah.”
Steven S. DeKnight, who is serving as show runner on the Netflix “Daredevil” series, admitted late last year that if he wasn’t making “Daredevil” then the one comic book character he’d love to do a show about is The Punisher.