Jon Bernthal Discusses His Role as Frank Castle on Season Two of Daredevil. It’s beyond a doubt that Jon Bernthal was the best thing in Daredevil’s second season, but the actor confesses that there’s more where that came from, possibly regarding his spin-off series The Punisher.
During an interview with Awards Daily, Jon Bernthal touched upon his time as Frank Castle during the second season of the Netflix hit series Daredevil. Bernthal admitted that he wasn’t looking to do a superhero role when he was offered to play the vengeful vigilante, but his painful backstory was what sold him.
I wasn’t desperately trying to get into the comic book world. [laughs] For me, it’s about the human being. He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It’s his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it’s like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you.
Bernthal also spoke about how The Punisher’s fighting style will be different from when we first saw him in contrast to the rest of The Defenders.
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.
When talking about his favorite scene from Daredevil season two, it turns out to be one without any action.
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….He’s in an unbelievably amount of pain. That speech was the anchor of the season for me.
Daredevil’s second season is currently available to stream on Netflix. The Punisher spin-off has already been confirmed and is in development without any release date announced.
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