Richard Williams and his daughters, Venus and Serena, are at the center of king richard. But most of the film’s story follows the development of the Williams sisters as tennis players, first mentored by Richard and his wife, Oracene, before being in the hands of established coaches who could hone their raw skills. and put them on the path to a professional career.
Coach Rick Macci, who runs a professional tennis academy in Florida and who once coached Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick to stardom, was instrumental in the development of Venus and Serena. In king richard, Macci is played by Jon Bernthal, probably best known for playing Shane in The walking dead and Frank Castle in The punisher.
It was a very different role for him, as evidenced by the loose haircut and mustache Bernthal wears on screen. As we said in our review of king richard, the mustache is gorgeous and Bernthal’s performance as Macci is probably the funniest part of the movie. He’s just been exposed by the force of nature that is Richard Williams, who knows his daughters are tennis thrills and refuses to go the conventional path of junior players so Venus and Serena can have regular childhoods.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live To promote the film, Bernthal was understandably teased about that mustache that he wants everyone to know is real.
“It’s my mustache, man!” It’s my mustache, ”Bernthal told Kimmel. “Not only that, I kept it. We were closed for six months and I kept this mustache.
“And my kids, dude – little Billy Bernthal – pulled that mustache every day. My wife hasn’t kissed me for six months. But I believed in the spirit of this film so much. I took so much shit for that mustache.
Bernthal admitted he wasn’t the first actor people might think of for a role like this due to his frequent on-screen character. But he wanted to be in the movie because the themes of fatherhood and sports resonated with him.
Fans of Bernthal and late-night TV know he’s a great talk show guest, always outgoing and funny with a story that usually pokes fun at his self-image. If it’s listed as a guest, sign in. Bernthal will talk about the rules for filming sex scenes for cable TV. Do you want him to talk about his break-dancing days? He will do it and show some movements.
And since Bernthal brought up the aspects of parenthood and sports that attracted him to king richard, he shared the disbelief and anguish he felt when his son told him to stop chatting in the stands during his baseball games.
“I feel like my chatter is great. I feel like my chatter is amazing, ”Bernthal said before giving an example of his baseball cheering. “Then Bill said, ‘Me and the guys talked, and you’re really embarrassing me. I’m like, ‘Man, you were walking around with poop in your pants just a few years ago. I can’t embarrass you. He really hurt me, man.
Bernthal also said he liked to drive fast – or thought he did until he started working with Will Smith.
king richard is currently playing and streaming on HBO Max through December 29. It is a good choice for something to watch with the family during the Thanksgiving holidays.