200705171149Thomas Jane spills his guts to Quint at AICN about dropping out of the rumored to-be-horrible Punisher sequel.

I’m writing to tell you that I regretfully and painfully had to pull out of P2. I can’t tell you how completely broken up I am about it. After busting my ass at the gym four days a week for almost two years, watching every character driven action pic that any fan would ask me to watch while I was standing in line buying egg whites and Tuna fish (Leon the Professional, Oldboy, The Seven-Ups (GREAT flick), Point Blank, Escape from NY, The Driver, Magnum Force, The Mechanic, The Great Silence, Sexy Beast, Nighthawks, Cry Vengeance (check it out), Road Warrior, Man on Fire, Outlaw Josey Wales, Rocky (think about it), Serpico, etc etc etc.) after countless Saturday nights making notes and drinking soda water and munching on seaweed sticks while my daughter slept on my lap to the sound of automatic gunfire, (now she can’t sleep without it. I had to make a tape of automatic gunfire to play in her room at night) after hauling myself to any ‘Guns! Knifes! Ammo!’ show in any small town that I found myself in shooting Killshot or The Mist or Mutant Chronicles, after torn ligaments, screwed up rotator cuffs, thousands of $$$ on ridiculously huge vitamins, overly long conversations with frighteningly tall men about The Fastest Way To Kill Someone With Your Bare Hands, and after a dude refused to sell me a Fatburger at 2am on Santa Monica Blvd, I am, sadly – no, make that heartbrokenly – fuck it – just rip out the heart and stomp it into the pavement a couple of times – pulling out. Punisher fans are already fighting an uphill battle as it is. And I’ve always felt a responsibility to fight that fight for them and with them so that Frank Castle gets the treatment he deserves.

Apf1I’m sharing this with you because I know you’re a fan, like me, and you’ve got your ear to the ground, and because we seem to share the same sort of taste and passion when it comes to movies and stories that get us off. What I won’t do is spend months of my life sweating over a movie that I just don’t believe in. I’ve always loved the Marvel guys, and wish them well. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to search for a film that one day might stand with all those films that the fans have asked me to watch.

We know one thing, after reading this rather colorful email, we are more interesting in reading ALIEN PIG FARM 3000, Jane’s new image comic!


  1. TOM is a smart and wonderful guy that gets what makes the character so cool. He used his brain and decided that its not for him the way presented. THREE CHEERS for tom jane!!!

    What does he have coming up next? Anyone know?

  2. And the art for Alien Pig Farm 3000 is done by the talented Don Marquez (aka Donnie Jupiter) — an artist whose work I’ve been a fan of for many years. Go Donnie, go!

  3. Rumor has it Tom Jane would make the perfect actor to play COBB from the IDW Publishing series COBB : Off The Leash. Why let all those vitamins and action movies go to waste.

    Your amigo,

    Beau Smith

  4. well mr tom jane you did good in punisher and i and my group the punisher pack fan army 108 memmbers love your movie and we love the comic and any thing that is punisher related and we just hated the fact you wernt coming back it hurts us more inside knowing our hero is gone again it makes punisher the next batman becuse the actor changes :( you for 1 are a grate actor hard working MR Jane im still a fan of punisher if you could be more like man on fire thats how punisher shoulod have been kinda and the game especially punisher could be better like that you did good seeing some other guy might feel bad you should read what people say and think about you leaving its so sad and i agree with it they all want you back some of them actually use your diet becuse they wanna be punisher
    i know i do hes a role model for many the human hero of marvel and it sucks that you cant be in punisher 2 i just wish you punish the ones who did you wrong
    the soundtrack sucked the original score kicked ass well in behalf of the punisher pack fan army im saying we miss you your the real punisher to us all

  5. Farewell Tom, I wish you would change your mind. I always enjoyed the comics but ever since I watched the movie I was addicted to everything Punisher. I now own action figures, posters, many comics, the game, shirts and hoodies, and regular and SE dvd all Punisher. Even my xbox 360 gamertag is AOA PUNISHERCJL. I hope this is the right choice. I do look forward to your other movies. The Punisher will live on

  6. They should have written a new script and compromised with Tom Jane. It’s ridiculus to loose the star of the movie, especially when you had a great one like Tom Jane. I’m more of a Punisher fan than anything. I’ll see the new movie with Ray Stevenson. I just think the studio and writers should have compromised with Jane until things were set straight.

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