Actor Thomas Jane Leaves Punisher 2
by Alex Billington
May 16, 2007
It seems like even actor Thomas Jane has come to realization that the 2004 movie The Punisher wasn't all that great, and sent a note to Ain't It Cool News stating that he's not going to be reprising his role as Frank Castle in the upcoming sequel. The sequel was already part of the way into its pre-production, but I'm not sure if it was at a moment where they had already begun filming, however the decision has already been made final by Jane.
"I'm writing to tell you that I regretfully and painfully had to pull out of [Punisher 2]. I can't tell you how completely broken up I am about it… Punisher fans are already fighting an uphill battle as it is. And I've always felt a responsibility to fight that fight for them and with them so that Frank Castle gets the treatment he deserves."
And I guess with this one he just ran out of steam fighting that battle. Obviously something is going a bit wrong at with the studio, Lionsgate, given the minimal success that it was, I think they're trying to "fix" it when it's not really broken.
"What I won't do is spend months of my life sweating over a movie that I just don't believe in. I've always loved the Marvel guys, and wish them well. Meanwhile, I'll continue to search for a film that one day might stand with all those films that the fans have asked me to watch."
Personally, I didn't like the first one at all, and I'm not looking forward to the sequel. And honestly, this may be a good choice for Thomas Jane, but it's going to leave an even worse taste in my mouth when the only guy who could play The Punisher has left because he didn't believe in it and now the role will be filled with someone much worse. It's not looking good.