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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Actor Thomas Jane hangs with the Sheep + giveaway

I Smell Sheep recently attended Big WOW! Comic Fest in San Jose CA. Among the many folks we had the wonderful opportunity to meet that day was the man who played Punisher in the 2004 Marvel Studios mega hit Mr. Thomas Jane! You may also remember some of his other films like: The Mist, Deep Blue Sea and Dreamcatcher.

Early Life:
Jane was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a biogenetic engineer. In 1987, he graduated from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

At age 18, Jane relocated to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. He was initially homeless and lived out of his car. Regarding his time as a busker, Jane has noted "I had two songs in my repertoire that I hammered to death — 'Hey Joe' and 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'....People used to pelt me with change just to shut me up."

Jane began his acting career with the Telugu film Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1986), directed by Jandhyala, a renowned filmmaker in Telugu Cinema. His early roles included Zeph in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). He had supporting roles in several high profile films, including The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), Thursday (1998) and Magnolia (1999). After receiving critical acclaim as baseball player Mickey Mantle in 61*, Jane began receiving leading roles such as that of Andre Stander in the 2003 South African film, Stander for which he gained further critical acclaim.

Jane, director Jonathan Hensleigh and Avi Arad have said in many interviews that Jane was the first and only actor to be asked to play the title role in the 2004 movie The Punisher. Jane initially turned down the role twice, as he did not have much interest in the superhero genre. Jane said that when they asked him the second time to play the Punisher it was Tim Bradstreet's artwork of the Punisher that piqued his interest. After finding out that the character was not a traditional superhero, but more of an anti-hero and a vigilante crime fighter, he accepted. He read as many Punisher comics as he could find and quickly became a fan. Jane trained for 6 or 7 months with Navy SEALs and gained more than twenty pounds of muscle for the part.

On December 18, 2008, HBO announced it was picking up the dark comedy Hung, and Jane was contracted to star in the show. He plays the character of Ray Drecker, a high school history teacher and baseball coach, who, after attending a self help class while being down on his luck, decides to market the large size of his penis as a path to success. The series was renewed for a second season which aired in the summer of 2010.

Truly an amazing actor who we're excited to continue watching in his upcoming roles!

Thomas was kind enough to sign a Punisher comic book for us to giveaway today. So, if you would like to have your very own copy make sure to list the following in the comments below:

1. Your Email Address
2. If you could have the Punisher be your BFF for a day what would you have him do? (It can be anything you can think of!)
3. Do you follow the blog? If so make sure to tell us for DOUBLE entries.

Contest is open to everyone! Ends June 9th at midnight. Good luck!


  1. Aside from have him take his shirt off and clean my house I'd have him punish some people I don't like I mean one day with the Punisher gotta make the most of that

  2. 1. E-mail- bookandmoviedimensionblogger [at] yahoo [dot]

    2. If you could have the Punisher be your BFF for a day what would you have him do? (It can be anything you can think of!)

    Spend a day hanging out.

    3. Do you follow the blog? If so make sure to tell us for DOUBLE entries.

    I do as Cassandra Ruiz.

    Awesome overall background for Thomas Katie.
    His roles in The Mist, Deep Blue Sea and Dreamcatcher were really one of my favorites. Thank you for the post.

    1. Deep Blue is still one of my favs but nothing tops his role as the badass Punisher! :)

  3. Email:

    I would probably want him to teach me how to be a badass :)

    I follow by email and GFC Julie Holmes.

    This is great. Thanks for the opportunity! Thomas Jane is a great actor.

  4. Dear Darling Zombie KissesMay 30, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    I personally cannot wait to see him in Buttwhistle!! ;)

    I posted from my phone but I do not see my post now that I'm on my computer, so to sound like a broken record- just in case...

    2. We'd of course go bust some kneecaps that belong to all the people who I'm tired of dealing with their B.S. and of course blow some shit up. To NOT blow stuff up when with The Punisher is like not making a wish with a genie.
    3. I follow/stalk on Facebook as Petunia Darling

    Btw- cute picture of you three! He should feel so lucky to have gotten a picture with the dashing Katie and Bart.

  5. You are so lucky, I would love to meet him.
    If I could spend the day with him, I would have him go after my really nasty neighbors and their meth lab.

    I am a gfc follower

    1. geez! Yeah, I would have him burn that mother down!

  6. LOVED Thomas Jane in The Mist, Deep Blue Sea, Dreamcatcher and The Punisher. Thanks for the update on what he's doing now! Great info, great giveaway! If the Punisher was my BFF, I'd ask him to be my technical adviser for the fight scenes in my books. Yes, I'm a faithful follower of The Flock -- dani AT daniharper DOT com

    1. Dani! We would have both swooned at his feet. lol

  7. Debby236 at gmail dot com
    If I had the punisher as my BFF, I would have him do me a few favors which would have to be secret. I am a follower

    1. Like in the bedroom secret? eh? eh? *nudge nudge*

  8. I'd have him punish a select few.

    I follow the blog.


  9. well, i'm at lost here. i didn't watch the punisher *winced* so i have no idea what to expect from him (i bet romantic dinner followed with some romantic stuff aren't suitable)

    GFC and FB follower (sienny)

  10. If the Punisher and I were bffs for a day...I would have him paint my toenails just because it would be funny! Then I would give him the rest of the day of to chillax!!!

    Gfc Andrea Wardlow
    Nb Fb Andie Wardlow
    Email rss

  11. I would have him clean my house and cook meals so I could have the day off!!

    GFC Follower alicia0605

  12. Lol, I have no idea who the Punisher is, but my boyfriend loves comics. Thanks for the great interview!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com
    follower / subscriber / stalker on Twitter

  13. This contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter!

    The winner is : Dear Darling Zombie Kisses

    You have been notified by email. Stick around folks we have lots more fun coming up! baaaaa.