Jon Bernthal interview: 'Masculinity has been bastardised – it has nothing to do with violence'

Jon Bernthal at the Toronto Film Festival, September 2019
Jon Bernthal at the Toronto Film Festival, September 2019 Credit: reuters

The Punisher, The Wolf of Wall Street, the new Sopranos prequel… Jon Bernthal is now one of Hollywood's great screen bruisers. He talks broken bones and ballet with Tom Fordy

As an on-screen tough guy, Jon Bernthal is hard to beat – an actor who taps into whatever it is that’s bristling beneath the granite-like exterior of his characters. Just look at his career-defining performance as The Punisher, Marvel’s heavily-armed avenging angel: on the surface, an unstoppable agent of bone-crunching violence; underneath, pure pathos and vulnerability. That’s likely because in real life, beneath the flattened boxer’s nose – the result of it being broken 14 times – and steely, intimidating screen presence,...

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