Jon Bernthal, the actor who plays the nominal anti-hero in Netflix’s The Punisher, was asked in a recent interview his thoughts regarding Frank Castle’s inherent place within gun control debates, and the occasionally contentious appearance of his character’s emblem.
“Should there be a way that a guy with mental issues like the asshole in Texas can’t get guns? Absolutely,” Bernthal told Esquire. “We have to have a dialogue, and that’s not happening. I feel honored to play a guy who people putting their life on the line identify with,” the actor continued.
But Bernthal made sure that his stance on any alt-right members showing off the Punisher’s skull and fangs couldn’t be misconstrued, succinctly stating, “Fuck them.”
The Punisher’s logo has spread well beyond the pages of Marvel Comics, having often been transcribed as fan tattoos, biker helmet insignias, and even displayed on soldier’s helmets in Iraq. The symbol has also popped up in a much more controversial location, however, when it was spotted on the shoulders of alt-right protesters during last year’s white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Available now on Netflix, The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Wilson, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Marion James.