Actor Jon Bernthal has received different kinds of praises and acclaims for his portrayal of the Marvel vigilante, "The Punisher," on Netflix. With the controversial role he is playing, some people have different feelings toward the actor. Although, the former "Walking Dead" star also had a few choice words for some of them.
In an interview with Esquire where he is gracing the magazine's cover for winter, 41-year-old Bernthal expressed how he felt after seeing the Punisher's skull symbol in military gear and helmets of soldiers in Iraq. "I feel honored to play a guy who people putting their life on the line identify with," said the actor.
Apart from the soldiers though, fans of his show who happened to be associated with the alt-right groups protesting during a white-supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were also seen wearing the same symbol on their clothing. Bernthal's message, however, was different when asked what he thought of them. "F--- them," was the actor's blunt response.
Moreover, Entertainment Weekly also noted the actor's take on gun ownership, saying that the actor was pushing for some restrictions on top of the current regulations in place. "I'm a gun owner," the actor admitted. "I have a gun in my house to keep my family safe. I'm trained in that gun's use. I know how to keep it away from my kids, and I know how to use it if I need to," he added.
"Should there be a way that a guy with mental issues like the asshole in Texas can't get guns? Absolutely. We have to have a dialogue, and that's not happening," stressed Bernthal.
The recent shooting that left Las Vegas in horror last October also affected the release of "The Punisher" on Netflix. Fox News said that Netflix had to postpone the airing of the series after the shooting. The show's premiere season was eventually aired in November.
"The Punisher" will return on the streaming giant as it was recently given the green light to film for a second season.