SDCC 2012: Check Out Thomas Jane's Unauthorized Punisher Short Film 'Dirty Laundry'

Monday, 16 July 2012 09:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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SDCC 2012: Check Out Thomas Jane's Unauthorized Punisher Short Film 'Dirty Laundry'

As you're no doubt aware, Thomas Jane was one of three actors who has played Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, in a feature film.  Just because 2004's The Punisher didn't lead to a franchise, though, doesn't mean that the actor is done with Marvel's murderous, machine gun-wielding psycho.  At the San Diego Comic-Con panel for his Raw Studios, Jane unveiled a big surprise: Dirty Laundry, a ten-minute short film in which he once again plays Frank Castle and dispenses some exceedingly violent justice.  And now Dirty Laundry is available to view online, costing nothing to watch.

Marvel Studios recently regained the full movie rights to The Punisher, but Jane made this short without any official connection to Marvel or Disney.  It's not the first time Jane has taken a comic book character into his own hands.  A few years back, before Josh Brolin ended up starring in Jonah Hex, Jane got together a makeup artist and a photographer to create an image of himself as the disfigured gunslinger as a means of lobbying for the part.

Anyways, Dirty Laundry is thoroughly not-safe-for-work on account of typically punishing violence.  Go on, watch and listen to the use of Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's The Dark Knight score.  Much, much importantly: Ron Perlman is in this beast, meaning you are bound by law to watch.

Jane himself said of the short film:

"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."

Dirty Laundry is written by Chad St. John and directed by Phil Joanou.

How do you think Marvel Studios is going to take this use of the character.  Given that The Punisher has failed to catch on through three completely different cinematic ventures, I can't imagine Marvel's too eager to try again anytime soon, so perhaps it's no big deal?

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