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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Punisher


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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.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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