The Frank Castle You Find In This Story Is Not The Punisher: Jon Bernthal Talks ‘Daredevil’

Since Netflix first launched Marvel’s Daredevil, fans have been gushing over Jon Bernthal’s (The Walking Dead) gritty and impressive portrayal of Frank Castle. Now, with Season 2 behind us and a solo series on the horizon for Bernthal, the actor opened up to Awards Daily TV about the character he’s helped bring to the stream screen.

Talking about what goes into the brutal fight scenes, Bernthal reveals that we haven’t even seen the real Punisher side of his character yet:

I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. 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.

No one man is an army — not even the actor that plays Frank Castle. Bernthal praises the team that works with him on Daredevil and allows the scenes to truly come to life:

This team that’s been assembled, they’re unbelievably ambitious. The fighting in this show everybody working together. I also believe the way in which he fights tells you volumes about the character. There’s a story with each and every punch, and they allow us to approach it like that. These guys are good enough to choreograph in that way.

He even pulled from his own experience to portray some of the emotion we see on screen in one of his most compelling scenes:

A big part of this guy is a guy searching for himself. He’s got pain, regret and remorse. There’s the graveyard scene where he opens up. He delivers this scene where he explains what it’s like to come home and see his daughter. It was such a gift from John C. Kelley. I had been away from my kids for three months, and I was at the crux of my own torture, going through that.

For him, that might even be the most important scene of the Season:

I really tried to drive into what this guy was going through. Not only was it beautifully written. What it allowed was a man who doesn’t open up much, doesn’t share, who has been alone, and this circumstance found him where he didn’t think he’d be able to get up from that gravestone. He has this opportunity to open up. Those moments and that speech gave me the ammunition to go as far as I wanted the other way. You could be as brutal as possible, as depraved, as tortured as possible because at that moment, the audience got to see what was going on in that man’s heart, and he’s unbelievably human. He’s in an unbelievably amount of pain. That speech was the anchor of the season for me.

What did you think of Jon Bernthal in Daredevil? Will you be watching The Punisher solo series?

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