Jon Bernthal explains how ‘King Richard’ exceeded his expectations [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jon Bernthal explains how ‘King Richard’ exceeded his expectations [Exclusive Video Interview]
Jon Bernthal has played a surfeit of tough guys in massive projects like acclaimed television series “The Walking Dead” and “The Punisher” and hit films such as “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Baby Driver.” So he wasn’t necessarily the first actor Reinaldo Marcus Green had in mind to play buoyant tennis coach Rick Macci in “King Richard.”

“He rolled up to our meeting wearing a hoodie and his sweatpants high above his ripped waistline, his pit bull, Bam Bam, riding in the front seat of his car,” Green told Variety in a recent interview. “He looked nothing like Rick Macci.”

But Bernthal and Green connected on the material and it’s now hard to imagine anyone else playing the part of Macci, who was instrumental in helping Venus and Serena Williams become the greatest tennis stars in the world.

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