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In "Esquire", Jon Bernthal talks fatherhood, playing Punisher, and that time he nearly beat up Oliver Stone

Photo credit: Beau Grealy/Esquire(LOS ANGELES) -- While the real Jon Bernthal is much more soft-spoken than The Punisher, the Marvel comic book hero he plays on Neflix, they share a dangerous side. 

In an upcoming feature story in Esquire, the actor and devoted dad opens up about his rough past.  He spent time in jail as a teen, and once threatened to "beat" director Oliver Stone's "a**."

The Punisher is an elite Force Recon Marine, who becomes a vigilante when his family is murdered. First introduced in 1974 in an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, Punisher became a fan favorite, and a favorite of real-life U.S. soldiers. His skull logo adorns the gear of many real-life military heroes -- including, the late "American Sniper" himself, Chris Kyle.

Says Bernthal, who first Punisher in the second season of Netflix's Daredevil before starring in last November's solo outing: "I feel honored to play a guy who people putting their life on the line identify with."

While he admits he's "difficult" on set, Bernthal explains, "It’s not about my trailer or the food; it’s always about making the role make sense."

One such disagreement apparently happened on the set of World Trade Center, when the film's director, Oliver Stone, called out Bernthal with a finger point. Bernthal recalls his reaction.

"Let me tell you something, dude," he said. "You might be Oliver Stone, but I will beat your f****** a** right here on this set. In front of everybody here, I will beat your a**..."

The director, now a friend, "retreated,"  says Bernthal.

However, Bernthal isn't a tough guy at heart. The father of three says of his two young sons, Henry and Billy, "I want them to see kindness as masculine, not a sign of weakness."

The Esquire feature hits newsstands January 9.

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