The Punisher: Dirty Laundry
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|The Punisher: Dirty Laundry|
|Directed by||Phil Joanou|
|Produced by||Adi Shankar|
|Written by||Chad St. John|
|Based on||The Punisher
by Gerry Conway
John Romita, Sr.
The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (stylized as #DIRTYLAUNDRY) is a 2012 fan film based on the Punisher franchise, starring Thomas Jane (reprising the title role from the 2004 film The Punisher) and Ron Perlman and produced by Adi Shankar. The film was first screened at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
In a run-down neighborhood, Frank Castle wakes up and exits his van to get his laundry done. On his way to the coin-op laundromat, he witnesses a street gang stop and confront three prostitutes before Goldtooth, the gang leader, takes one of them to a back alley and rapes her. Despite hearing her screams from a distance, Frank minds his business and places his laundry in a washing machine.
Minutes later, a boy named DeShawn crosses through the neighborhood and is harassed by the gang while Goldtooth offers him an opportunity to sell drugs for them. When DeShawn refuses, the gang members begin to mug him. Frank walks to a liquor store across the street to get a bottle of Yoo-hoo. There, a handicapped store clerk named Big Mike tells him that two years ago, he witnessed a similar situation and wound up crippled for confronting the gang.
Frank pays for the Yoo-hoo, and buys a bottle of Jack Daniel's, which he uses to club the gang members. After killing the thugs, he breaks Goldtooth's right arm and legs before asking him if he knows what the difference between justice and punishment is, while pouring the whiskey on him. He then pulls out a lighter, and places it on the ground before returning to the laundromat.
The battered prostitute returns to the scene to pick up the lighter and set the gang leader on fire as Frank walks back to his van with his laundry. DeShawn approaches him to return a t-shirt he dropped, but Frank tells him to keep it. As Frank drives off, the boy unfolds the shirt to reveal the Punisher symbol.
- Thomas Jane as Frank Castle / The Punisher
- Ron Perlman as Big Mike
- Shannon Collis as Hooker #1
- Jack Goldenberg as The Doorman
- Sammi Rotibi as Goldtooth
- Brandee Tucker as The Girl
- Karlin Walker as DeShawn
Thomas Jane screened the film at the RAW Studios panel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International. In explaining the reason for this project, he posted this quote on YouTube:
"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish; we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it."
- Bettinger, Brendan (16 July 2012). "Watch DIRTY LAUNDRY, the PUNISHER Short Film Thomas Jane Brought to Comic-Con; Plus 10 Images and a New PUNISHER Logo". Collider.com. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- Fischer, Russ (2012-07-16). "Watch ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Thomas Jane’s Unofficial ‘The Punisher’ Short Film". /Film. Retrieved 2014-05-19.