Marvel’s Punisher, Jon Bernthal Talks Netflix Acting Advantage

Jon Bernthal who plays the Punisher in Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 recently spoke with ADTV about that role and his experience.

Bernthal talked in depth about acting in a Netflix series and what advantages the Netflix binge model brings to developing characters:

“I really dig this Netflix model of 13 episodes. All at once delivery system of material because it allows for real freedom in the way that you tell a story. You can be bold and take risks or abandon the audience and go very far. The way most of this material is digested all at once. They don’t have to wait 3 or 4 months to win the audience back to explain their actions. I really dig it.

As a character study and acting, you can’t ask for anything more.

With the TV model, whether cable or network, you sort of have to operate in these gray areas where if your character is going down a road where you could lose the audience, you have to keep it gray and play it both ways. A character like Frank Castle, he goes all the way, and later on humanity sets in. The regret, humiliation and shame pour in later with him.I love that you don’t have to tell all these different stories and let that affect you in a natural way. There’s no question that the Netflix model is a real ally in that.”

I would say most cord cutters would agree, the pacing of the Netflix originals really sets it apart from traditional tv series in a very good way.

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