Ray Stevenson Tells Me Want I want to Hear about the Punisher

Yeah, I don’t know what Maxim.com is doing interviewing actors from comic book movies, either, but God bless’em, because this is a great interview with Ray Stevenson (pictured, left), star of the upcoming “Punisher: War Zone”, the sorta sequel to Jonathan Hensleigh’s 2004 film. In the interview, Stevenson opines on what went wrong with the original, and you know what? I said the same thing when I reviewed the movie four years ago: it just didn’t look right. And yeah, setting the whole thing in Sunny Tampa Bay didn’t exactly help matters, either.

My favorite passage from the interview, and so true to the comic book character:

Absolutely. It’s such a complex character. I love the fact that he’s not a superhero—bullets don’t bounce off. He’s just a dark soul on a mission. One of my main concerns was that it was an incredibly violent piece of work. In meeting with [the producers] I said, “I do not want people walking out of the theater wanting to be the Punisher.” I saw this quizzical look across their faces. I explained, “We don’t want some sort of Columbine [incident]. What we want to do is create a character who operates on such a dark level that you don’t want to be him. There is no light at the end of the tunnel for him.” You’re glad he’s there and you can’t wait to see what he does next, but it comes at a price. If we get it right, there won’t be people wanting to be the Punisher, or to be a vigilante in any way.

Read the rest of the interview at Maxim.com. It’s a good and brief read.

Stevenson cracks heads and never mind the names September 12, 2008.

Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone