Ray Stevenson Talks About Playing The Punisher
It was only almost exactly one month ago that the news broke that "Rome" star Ray Stevenson would be taking over Thomas Jane's role as the Punisher. The upcoming sequel, or should it be called a do-over, is being directed by Lexi Alexander and has been renamed to The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank. Stevenson spoke via e-mail with a fan at SuperheroHype recently and provided some rather interesting updates in regards to his character.
While full plot details are still being kept secret, Stevenson commented on how he's taking on the persona of Frank Castle.
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!
I don't think I'm alone when I say that I think Thomas Jane was a bit smarter when approaching the character - but that's not to say that Stevenson isn't capable. I just feel even with these statements that he may do a good job and it may be a slightly better movie, but Thomas Jane is still the ultimate Frank Castle.
I really hope Lionsgate is making a good decision putting Lexi Alexander in the director's chair and Stevenson in this role. Lionsgate seems confident, so let's hope they pull off a better film this time around.