2004’s The Punisher was a solid take on the Marvel vigilante, but there’s some stuff you never knew about the flick. And here it is!
7. The Fire Hydrant Trick Really Works
The fake hydrant that Frank uses to monopolize Livia’s parking space is actually based on a real-life scam that a friend of director Jonathan Hensleigh pulled.
6. People Called 911 During Filming
The huge explosion at the Bank of America building took skittish area residents by surprise – so much that many of them called 911 to report a potential terrorist attack.
5. Kevin Nash Got Stabbed
During the fight between the Punisher and the Russian, played by wrestler Kevin Nash, things got out of hand and Thomas Jane forgot to swap a real knife for a prop one. Nash was so amped up that he didn’t notice he was bleeding until the scene wrapped.
4. Thomas Jane Got Operated On
Because turnabout is fair play, in the scene where Rebecca Romijn sews up a knife wound in Thomas Jane’s side she accidentally screwed up and pushed the needle in too deep, past the prosthetic wound and into his own flesh.
3. The Popsicle Scene Was Straight From the Comics
The bit where Frank Castle tortures a man with a slab of beef and a Popsicle was taken almost verbatim from the first issue of Punisher: War Zone.
2. The Earrings Cost a Million Dollars
The whole film had a budget of $15 million, which makes the fact that the earrings Howard Saint gives his wife were real Harry Winston gems worth $1 million even more ridiculous.
1. The Director’s Cut Was Three Hours Long
Well, two hours and 56 minutes to be exact. Naturally, the studio balked at a Punisher movie of that absurd a length and forced director Jonathan Hensleigh to trim it to a 124 minutes.