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Frank Grillo is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his stand against Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Brock Rumlow, the duplicitous S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who turned out to be a covert Hydra operative.
Rumlow remains alive (but not well) at the end of Winter Soldier, with many fans wondering if we’ll see him return for the developing sequel. But there’s another Marvel character on Grillo’s mind — and it’s a man with whom he shares a first name.
Speaking with SPINOFF and other reporters at the press junket for The Purge: Anarchy, Grillo tackled the subject of playing the Punisher, Marvel’s armed-to-the-teeth arbiter of vengeance. Grillo, who stars in The Purge as a Frank Castle-esque man seeking justice for crimes committed against his family, said he’s been asked a lot lately about playing the Punisher, and it’s very much on his mind, even though he’s already committed to playing Crossbones.
“I’ve been bombarded with people asking me about the Punisher. It’s amazing,” he said. “The interesting thing is … look, my friend Chris Evans started out as the Human Torch, and then he became Captain America. So I’m going to have to follow up on this.”
Grillo speculated there are fans who want to see him play the Punisher, and similar roles, because he represents a type of actor American audiences aren’t accustomed to seeing.
“There’s a void in our country for guys in my age range who are blue-collar, regular guys who, given extenuating circumstances, it would be interesting to see how they respond,” he said. “I think somehow, I just hit a chord with the audience. ‘OK, I believe that maybe he’s a Charles Bronson-type.’ Which I was a fan of as a kid. It’s taken me in this interesting direction in the middle part of my career here. I stay fit and I’m in shape. I fight all the time. It seems to be working out.”
For now, Frank Grillo and Frank Castle aren’t the same man, and probably won’t be anytime soon, what with Grillo’s commitment to Crossbones. On the bright side, it does sound like we’ll see Grillo back in the Marvel Universe sooner than later.
“I’m signed onto a multi-contract deal with Marvel,” he said. “Without me saying anything, because they will kill me … we’re hoping, yeah. It looks soon.”
The Purge: Anarchy opens Friday nationwide.