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Entertainment 'The Punisher' star Jon Bernthal recalls the time he almost killed a man

18:52  04 january  2018
18:52  04 january  2018 Source:   wonderwall.com

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While acting on Netflix's " The Punisher ," Jon Bernthal knows a thing or two about violence and viscousness. However, fiction once became reality several years ago, and it almost cost him his life. In 2009, Jon nearly killed a man . Derrick Salters/WENN.com.

Playing the “ Punisher ” might come easily to Jon Bernthal because he ’s been violent in real life. Bernthal recalled the incident in Esquire’s winter issue. “I knew if he didn’t wake up, I was going to jail and my worst side would take over,” he said, adding that the man ’s head was split open.

While acting on Netflix's "The Punisher," Jon Bernthal knows a thing or two about violence and viscousness. However, fiction once became reality several years ago, and it almost cost him his life.

In 2009, Jon nearly killed a man.

Jon Bernthal wearing a suit and tie: Jon Bernthal attends the New York premiere of 'Marvel's The Punisher' in New York City on Nov. 6, 2017.© Derrick Salters/WENN.com Jon Bernthal attends the New York premiere of 'Marvel's The Punisher' in New York City on Nov. 6, 2017.

In speaking to Esquire magazine, Jon recalled the day he was walking his dog along Venice Beach when a drunk man started following Jon and his dog. The actor told the drunk man to stop talking to the dog and to stop following them, but he didn't. Jon, who previously starred in "The Walking Dead," punched the man squarely in the face, knocking him unconscious and splitting his head open.

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By Jessica Sager Jan 3, 2018, 4:40 pm56 pts. “I knew if he didn’t wake up, I was going to jail and my worst side would take over,” Bernthal said.

While Jon Bernthal seems to be settling into playing Frank Castle with ease, it turns out that the actor nearly turned down his starring role in Netflix’s The Punisher . First appearing as a thorn in the side of Spider- Man , the Punisher has gone on to become an antihero of sorts and crossed paths with the

Suddenly, Jon found himself handcuffed and speaking to cops at a police station.

"If that guy doesn't wake up, you're going away for life," he recalled an officer telling him. "I knew if he didn't wake up, I was going to jail and my worst side would take over. I prayed to whatever is above that if he woke up, I'd change things, get married, have kids, and stop with the anger."

Jon Bernthal wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Jon Bernthal attends The Humane Society Of The United States' To The Rescue Gala in Los Angeles on May 8, 2016.© FayesVision/WENN.com Jon Bernthal attends The Humane Society Of The United States' To The Rescue Gala in Los Angeles on May 8, 2016.

Thankfully for Jon, the man eventually woke up and witnesses told the police that the man had been harassing the actor and his dog. He was put on three years' probation and he eventually settled a civil lawsuit out of court.

Still, he remembered his police station epiphany, and he is now married and has three children.

"I know now life is more about working things out and heading off that violence," he told the mag. "Extremism and lack of compromise is the enemy of what I want to teach [my kids]."

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