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Jon Bernthal Slams 'Bastardized' Masculinity and Says Real Men Are Kind

Screen Rant 10 October, 2021 - 09:02am

In a recent conversation on the webseries Hot Ones, Bernthal spoke about his resistance to that sort of immovable macho persona, and critiqued its prevalence in our culture.

"It's everywhere," he said. "It's in our politics, it's in our entertainment, it's in our media, where the rigidity and unbending sort of, just inability to move off of your opinion, that is being confused with patriotism and strength and masculinity, to say 'it's my way or the highway'... For me, that's the most un-American thing in the world."

In the clip, which blew up on Twitter after being shared by writer Carrie Wittmer, Bernthal went on to describe toxic masculinity as a "bastardized" version of what it should really mean to be a man, and that real manliness is about being secure enough to acknowledge and learn from your mistakes.

"I think you need to be able to talk to anybody, you need to be confident enough in yourself that you know you can make a mistake, that you can learn from everyone, that you should approach and engage in dialogue with people who think completely differently than you," he said. "The people that I really admire and respect in my life all have that. People who actually walk the walk, they don't just talk about it, they all kind of live by that code, that you're constantly trying to get better, constantly trying to grow. It's not about implementing my will on you."

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"I think with this kind of masculinity thing, I feel like it's sort of been bastardized in this way, that again it's about the bombast and it's about looking tough," he continued. "But having empathy for people, having compassion for people, helping people, being somebody, wanting to be the kind of person that would be there for someone in need, that's what I think being a dad's about, what being a man's about, and that's certainly how I'm trying to raise my boys, to have an open heart towards everyone."

This isn't the first time Bernthal has made his thoughts on masculinity and fatherhood clear. In his 2018 Men's Health cover story, he described his efforts to distance himself from his "scrappy" past and teach his sons how to be both strong and able to express themselves. More recently, following the January 2021 riots at the Capitol, he critiqued the individuals who had appropriated the iconic Punisher logo, calling them "lost" and "misguided" on what the character and his story stands for.

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THE PUNISHER Star Jon Bernthal Wants Possible MCU Return As Frank Castle To Be Dark And Gritty Enough

CBM (Comic Book Movie) 10 October, 2021 - 05:16am

Marvel Television is no more, and that's left the status of shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil somewhat up in the air. There's been talk of "soft reboots" that will bring actors like Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio back as new Variants of the same characters, and that does seem like the best possible way for Marvel Studios to avoid unnecessary baggage. 

There are a lot of heroes and villains from those shows that fans would like to see brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle/The Punisher is quite easily near the top of the list. 

Recently, Forbes spoke to The Punisher star, who said that as anxious as he is to play Frank Castle again, there are certain elements of the character he wouldn't want to say goodbye to. "As far as going on in the future, it’s a character that I really feel like I have sort of in my bones and in my heart," Bernthal said. "I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity, and what sort of happens in the future isn’t about whether they want to do it or not again."

The MCU's Punisher probably wouldn't be R-Rated, but there are still ways to do the character justice in a PG-13 enviroment. There are plenty of upcoming movies and TV shows Frank could make his presence felt in, but it's ultimately going to hinge on how interested Kevin Feige is in the anti-hero.

Jon Bernthal On The Punisher: “Frank Castle Is In My Bones”

Forbes 09 October, 2021 - 07:37am

Following Jon Bernthal’s performance as “Shane” on AMC’s The Walking Dead, the actor has been on an unrivaled run touting impressive film and television titles.

Soon after his Walking Dead arc came to an epic conclusion in season two of the show (2012), Bernthal went on to get directed by Martin Scorsese in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and take on the role of Franke Castle, AKA The Punisher, first in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil (2016) and then for two seasons in The Punisher (2017-2019) on the same streaming platform.

His critically acclaimed passion project film Small Engine Repair released in September and last weekend, the Washington D.C. native hit screens in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, playing Tony Soprano’s father “Johnny”. He also recently appeared in an episode of B.J. Novak’s anthology series The Premise titled “Moment of Silence”, now streaming exclusively on FX and Hulu.

In “Moment of Silence”, Jon plays the father of a child killed in a school shooting.

“It certainly was something that I brought a lot of myself to and I poured myself into,” Bernthal told Forbes of his Premise episode via Zoom on Friday. “Any time you play a father who loses a child I think there's a responsibility there. There's a responsibility to take that material and take that project and play it with absolute vitality and seriousness.”

Novak wrote and directed Bernthal’s episode of the show.

“I think B.J. is a wonderful writer, I think it was a beautifully-constructed script. I'm really proud of that show,’ Jon added. “I think he did a really wonderful job with it. I think he managed to take this hot-button issue and not make it preachy.

“He digs into the crux of the wound of how important that issue is and the effect that it has on folks, but he's not spoon-feeding any sort of political view on it and it leaves the question a bit open for interpretation; which I think is kind of like the best art has to offer.”

Rumors have been swirling about Jon and former Daredevil co-star Charlie Cox (title role) and their Marvel characters getting launched into either the Marvel Cinematic Universe films or getting the Disney+ treatment with a series for each character.

“Honestly, I have no idea. That isn't just the standard [answer],” said Bernthal, in response to the rumors. “I just deal with a lot of these things; I'd sort of in a way kind of be the last to know. I just don't think the question is about whether they're going to do it, it's going to be about how they do it and whether we can do it in a way the character and the fans deserve. And again, if the answer is ‘Yes’, that would be amazing.”

Like Daredevil, Marvel Studios would be making a colossal mistake if Jon’s Punisher didn’t end up on the big screen for several MCU installments. The look and the unhinged, ferocious Frank Castle we get from Bernthal has made him one of the most widely-beloved Marvel-related portrayals in years.

Cox recently told Forbes “I don't know who could do a better version of The Punisher than Jon Bernthal.” The support from his former co-star and fans of his take on the iconic Marvel character aren’t lost on Jon.

“It's enormously humbling and it just means the world to me,” he said. “Number one, the first reason why I really wanted to be on that show, on Daredevil [was] because I saw Charlie's monologue in the first episode of the show and I just saw the way in which they were approaching the work. I was like, 'This is a world I want to play in.' Then I saw (Vincent) D'Onofrio and I was like, 'Holy crap. I've got to be a part of this.’ Then I dove into who Frank Castle was and The Punisher.

“It's a character that has had a deep, deep resonance with the comic book community, with the law enforcement community, the military community; these communities I care a deep, deep, deep amount about. I looked at playing Frank as a real responsibility to those communities and if they are behind it and think that I got it right, it's humbling and I'm full of gratitude for it.

“Look, as far as going on in the future, it's a character that I really feel like that I have in my bones and in my heart. I'm really grateful I had the opportunity (to play Frank Castle) and what sort of happens in the future isn't about kind of whether they want to do it or not again; I don't really prescribe anything to those kinds of decisions.

“It's just about if they do do it, are we going to be able to get it right? Is it going to be dark enough? Is it going to be gritty enough? Are we going to give the fans and the folks that the character means so much to, are we going to give them what they deserve? If the answer is ‘Yes,’ man oh man I would love that.”

Fans have also speculated that Bernthal would make a great Wolverine after Hugh Jackman expressed that he would be hanging up the claws. If for some reason he didn’t move forward as The Punisher, would Bernthal consider taking a stab at Logan?

“Look, the criteria in which I sort of decide what I'm doing next is: Does the script move me?, Who am I working with?, Who is the filmmaker and is that somebody I'm dying to work with? I'm going to hold onto that moving forward no matter what that is.

“I get it, I get that the Marvel questions, you're asking these questions because it's super important to a lot of people; people love these characters and I get that and I come to that with absolute respect. What I will tell you again is that Frank Castle is in my bones. Frank Castle is in my bones.

“Beyond anything, I'm a father and I'm a husband and the kernel of Frank is what would happen if someone took them away from me; something that I understand, something that I empathize with. And I have a deep, deep reverence for the military community and I have deep respect for the people that this character means so much to. Beyond that, whatever comes my way I'm going to judge it as it comes and I'd be grateful if anything came my way.”

Whatever his future holds, Jon’s acting and ability to hold his own on a set was on full display in The Wolf of Wall Street. Bernthal went toe-to-toe with A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill while being directed by Scorsese; an experience he’ll never forget.

“Look, it was a huge honor. It's the mountaintop. I got to work with my favorite director of all time,” Jon said of the film. “That movie and that experience changed the entire way in which I approach work. There was a freedom of expression and a freedom of creativity on that set that was unlike any other set I've ever worked on. it was electric, it was dangerous, it was exciting.

“I never really look at this stuff in terms of sort of the career trajectory or what this role is compared to this role, it's all about who am I working with and how good is the material. You had a Terry Winter script directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it was sort of a no-brainer for me. I'm certainly super glad I was a part of that one.”

While Walking Dead catapulted Bernthal after he exited in its second season, the show’s longtime lead Andrew Lincoln remained very much in the constant fold until recent years. Although the series limited Lincoln taking on other projects at times, Jon believes what Andrew accomplished with the groundbreaking series is something sacred.

“First of all, I think Andrew Lincoln's acting abilities are sublime. I think he's wonderful. I imagine he's got no regrets whatever,” Bernthal said. “I think he's a beautiful artist, a beautiful man, he's got an unbelievably beautiful family. I think that what Andrew was able to achieve on that show is one of the most iconic characters in television history. That's an enormously hard thing to achieve.

“That show started out with a six-episode commitment on a network that did not believe in it much and now I think there's what, four or five spinoff shows based on that show, based on this humble little show that we made in the woods in Atlanta and Andrew Lincoln stays square in the middle for the responsibility for all that success.

“I think he's sitting pretty and I can't say it enough... There is no time where I walk onto a set and I don't think, 'What would Andrew Lincoln do?' He had an enormous effect on me as an actor and as a man raising a family in this industry and I only have respect and reverence for him.”

I've covered entertainment and sports for outlets like Playboy and the Wall Street Journal. Follow my Twitter: @ScottKingMedia

Jon Bernthal On The Punisher: “Frank Castle Is In My Bones”

Bleeding Cool News 09 October, 2021 - 07:37am

Following Jon Bernthal’s performance as “Shane” on AMC’s The Walking Dead, the actor has been on an unrivaled run touting impressive film and television titles.

Soon after his Walking Dead arc came to an epic conclusion in season two of the show (2012), Bernthal went on to get directed by Martin Scorsese in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and take on the role of Franke Castle, AKA The Punisher, first in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil (2016) and then for two seasons in The Punisher (2017-2019) on the same streaming platform.

His critically acclaimed passion project film Small Engine Repair released in September and last weekend, the Washington D.C. native hit screens in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, playing Tony Soprano’s father “Johnny”. He also recently appeared in an episode of B.J. Novak’s anthology series The Premise titled “Moment of Silence”, now streaming exclusively on FX and Hulu.

In “Moment of Silence”, Jon plays the father of a child killed in a school shooting.

“It certainly was something that I brought a lot of myself to and I poured myself into,” Bernthal told Forbes of his Premise episode via Zoom on Friday. “Any time you play a father who loses a child I think there's a responsibility there. There's a responsibility to take that material and take that project and play it with absolute vitality and seriousness.”

Novak wrote and directed Bernthal’s episode of the show.

“I think B.J. is a wonderful writer, I think it was a beautifully-constructed script. I'm really proud of that show,’ Jon added. “I think he did a really wonderful job with it. I think he managed to take this hot-button issue and not make it preachy.

Rumors have been swirling about Jon and former Daredevil co-star Charlie Cox (title role) and their Marvel characters getting launched into either the Marvel Cinematic Universe films or getting the Disney+ treatment with a series for each character.

“Honestly, I have no idea. That isn't just the standard [answer],” said Bernthal, in response to the rumors. “I just deal with a lot of these things; I'd sort of in a way kind of be the last to know. I just don't think the question is about whether they're going to do it, it's going to be about how they do it and whether we can do it in a way the character and the fans deserve. And again, if the answer is ‘Yes’, that would be amazing.”

Like Daredevil, Marvel Studios would be making a colossal mistake if Jon’s Punisher didn’t end up on the big screen for several MCU installments. The look and the unhinged, ferocious Frank Castle we get from Bernthal has made him one of the most widely-beloved Marvel-related portrayals in years.

Cox recently told Forbes “I don't know who could do a better version of The Punisher than Jon Bernthal.” The support from his former co-star and fans of his take on the iconic Marvel character aren’t lost on Jon.

“It's enormously humbling and it just means the world to me,” he said. “Number one, the first reason why I really wanted to be on that show, on Daredevil [was] because I saw Charlie's monologue in the first episode of the show and I just saw the way in which they were approaching the work. I was like, 'This is a world I want to play in.' Then I saw (Vincent) D'Onofrio and I was like, 'Holy crap. I've got to be a part of this.’ Then I dove into who Frank Castle was and The Punisher.

“It's a character that has had a deep, deep resonance with the comic book community, with the law enforcement community, the military community; these communities I care a deep, deep, deep amount about. I looked at playing Frank as a real responsibility to those communities and if they are behind it and think that I got it right, it's humbling and I'm full of gratitude for it.

“Look, as far as going on in the future, it's a character that I really feel like that I have in my bones and in my heart. I'm really grateful I had the opportunity (to play Frank Castle) and what sort of happens in the future isn't about kind of whether they want to do it or not again; I don't really prescribe anything to those kinds of decisions.

“It's just about if they do do it, are we going to be able to get it right? Is it going to be dark enough? Is it going to be gritty enough? Are we going to give the fans and the folks that the character means so much to, are we going to give them what they deserve? If the answer is ‘Yes,’ man oh man I would love that.”

Fans have also speculated that Bernthal would make a great Wolverine after Hugh Jackman expressed that he would be hanging up the claws. If for some reason he didn’t move forward as The Punisher, would Bernthal consider taking a stab at Logan?

“Look, the criteria in which I sort of decide what I'm doing next is: Does the script move me?, Who am I working with?, Who is the filmmaker and is that somebody I'm dying to work with? I'm going to hold onto that moving forward no matter what that is.

“I get it, I get that the Marvel questions, you're asking these questions because it's super important to a lot of people; people love these characters and I get that and I come to that with absolute respect. What I will tell you again is that Frank Castle is in my bones. Frank Castle is in my bones.

“Beyond anything, I'm a father and I'm a husband and the kernel of Frank is what would happen if someone took them away from me; something that I understand, something that I empathize with. And I have a deep, deep reverence for the military community and I have deep respect for the people that this character means so much to. Beyond that, whatever comes my way I'm going to judge it as it comes and I'd be grateful if anything came my way.”

Whatever his future holds, Jon’s acting and ability to hold his own on a set was on full display in The Wolf of Wall Street. Bernthal went toe-to-toe with A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill while being directed by Scorsese; an experience he’ll never forget.

“Look, it was a huge honor. It's the mountaintop. I got to work with my favorite director of all time,” Jon said of the film. “That movie and that experience changed the entire way in which I approach work. There was a freedom of expression and a freedom of creativity on that set that was unlike any other set I've ever worked on. it was electric, it was dangerous, it was exciting.

“I never really look at this stuff in terms of sort of the career trajectory or what this role is compared to this role, it's all about who am I working with and how good is the material. You had a Terry Winter script directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it was sort of a no-brainer for me. I'm certainly super glad I was a part of that one.”

While Walking Dead catapulted Bernthal after he exited in its second season, the show’s longtime lead Andrew Lincoln remained very much in the constant fold until recent years. Although the series limited Lincoln taking on other projects at times, Jon believes what Andrew accomplished with the groundbreaking series is something sacred.

“First of all, I think Andrew Lincoln's acting abilities are sublime. I think he's wonderful. I imagine he's got no regrets whatever,” Bernthal said. “I think he's a beautiful artist, a beautiful man, he's got an unbelievably beautiful family. I think that what Andrew was able to achieve on that show is one of the most iconic characters in television history. That's an enormously hard thing to achieve.

“That show started out with a six-episode commitment on a network that did not believe in it much and now I think there's what, four or five spinoff shows based on that show, based on this humble little show that we made in the woods in Atlanta and Andrew Lincoln stays square in the middle for the responsibility for all that success.

“I think he's sitting pretty and I can't say it enough... There is no time where I walk onto a set and I don't think, 'What would Andrew Lincoln do?' He had an enormous effect on me as an actor and as a man raising a family in this industry and I only have respect and reverence for him.”

I've covered entertainment and sports for outlets like Playboy and the Wall Street Journal. Follow my Twitter: @ScottKingMedia

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