SuperheroHype has what may or may not be Ray Stevenson talking about his intentions for his starring role in “The Punisher 2: Welcome Back Frank”. I say “maybe not” because, well, SHH cites a rather odd source — someone from their message board who emailed Ray Stevenson and he responded. That’s not, you know, exactly an airtight source, but hey, take it for what you will. Here’s what Stevenson had to say about co-opting Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, a vigilante who kills people. A LOT of people.
Although i am still very much in the embrionic stages of developing and discovering FRANK CASTLE’s character; what i can say about my approach so far is that I dont wish for anyone to walk out of the theatre wanting to ‘be’ FRANK CASTLE – Let me explain, I would be mortified if, for any reason, some kid at high school wanted to reach out and right the wrongs of bullying or rejection or isolation by deciding to “tool up” and take out the bad guys ! It is my full intention to have FRANK in such a dark place and do such violence on those beyond redemption that you should feel glad that there is someone who lives in the dark so we may live in the light. (and you cant wait to see what hell he brings to those targeted by him) My training program is the most comprehensive i have ever undertaken and hopefully we will bring all his skills to bear – and then some! Sorry it is a bit sketchy at this stage but we are driving forward and will stay true to the essence of THE PUNISHER!
Don’t fret, Ray, today’s moviegoing audience is probably way too lazy to get “tooled up” and go kill bad guys. At least, not when TRL is on.