It has been a nearly lifelong dream to see a faithful, badass big screen interpretation of Marvel’s vigilante comic The Punisher. So far there have been three attempts, none of which have done the deal. Granted, pulling it off would be difficult. The comic is so unabashedly violent and brutal that to do the source material justice would result in a less than favorable rating: R at the lightest, but many would be suspect of anything that didn’t score an NC-17.
A friend has assured me a couple of times that Person of Interest on CBS is as close as anything has come so far. I did catch an episode the other day, and there will definitely be more in my immediate future.
I actually liked Thomas Jane’s 2004 interpretation of Frank Castle. The rest of the movie left something to be desired, but he had moments where I was like, â€œThis is the guy.â€ Now he’s back again in that role. For San Diego Comic Con Jane made an unofficial Punisher short called â€œDirty Laundryâ€. The film is dark, violent, and cynical; basically a Punisher comic. Full of bone breaking, villain clubbing, and brain splattering, â€œDirty Laundryâ€ certainly feels like a Punisher story. And Ron Perlman, so there’s another plus.
I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.
When a Twitter follower asked him if he had an agenda, the replied, â€œNot pushing anything. Just a fan film from Friends of Frank.â€
It’s nice to see that just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you can’t geek out and make a fan film.
Be warned, this is a hard R type of situation, ridiculously violent, and not always easy to watch.