Frank Castle just wants to do his laundry, but the world has other ideas.
Fair warning: The video currently playing is horrific on multiple levels. Brutal, terrible things happen. It’s a disturbing portrait of some of the worst that humanity has to offer. And it is violent, to the point that even I, a long-time fan of movie violence, thought, “Wow, this is violent.” It is not pleasant. Consider yourself warned.
Still with me? Okay then! Behold #DirtyLaundry, an unofficial short film starring Thomas Jane, the actor who played Marvel’s Baddest Man in the 2004 flick The Punisher. That’s not to suggest that a new Punisher film is on the way, however; Jane just feels such an affinity for the character that he did this all for kicks.
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle and his fans,” Jane said. “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.”
And yes, that guy in the wheelchair is none other than Ron Perlman, the ultra-cool actor better known as Hellboy, Vincent and the “war never changes” guy from Fallout. Thomas Jane is easily the most righteous Punisher ever (although the field is admittedly thin) but the inclusion of Perlman – especially embittered, helpless, “watch the world burn” Perlman – puts the awesome factor through the roof.
The payoff is a long time coming, but that’s part of the appeal: The more nakedly atrocious the build-up, the more wantonly vicious the inevitable blow-up is bound to be. And boy, is it ever. I haven’t seen a Marvel movie since X-Men 3, but if they want to bring back Mr. Jane as Mr. Castle, you better believe I’ll be standing in line.