Jon Bernthal rarely plays the "nice guy" in movies, but he's always had a soft spot for the Redskins.
"I'm ride or die till the bitter end," he said last Friday on 106.7 The Fan with Chad Dukes.
Bernthal was born in Washington, D.C., and has recently seen his career take off over the last few years. He still finds time to tweet about his team though.
After a starring role in "The Walking Dead," he took supporting turns in "Grudge Match," "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "Fury" and has been a part of three more movies this year, one of which, "Sicario," Redskins players saw together during training camp in Richmond, Va.
He joined Dukes to promote his upcoming role of "The Punisher" in the second season of Netflix's "Daredevil" and naturally began to wax about his love for the Burgundy and Gold.
"I grew up in the heyday, so it's in my blood, it always will be," Bernthal said. "A lot of the cats that I grew up with have since bailed, and have gone other ways. I won't do that. Even when I'm shooting overseas, I figure out a way to watch the game since there's nothing like staying up all night to be miserable and start punching holes in walls. I'm ride or die, I'm going to be with it forever, you know what I mean?"
(Side note: I wish I were cool enough to call my old friends "cats").
Bernthal then discussed the golden era of Redskins football and his memories growing up with the teams of the 1980s.
"It's crazy because what people don't realize is the whole franchise has just changed so much, and you can argue, and what I always say to people is, we won in '83, went in '84, won in '87, won in '92, there's only a couple other teams in the history of the league that were that good and had that sort of run, and the way that we won, and the way the mentality and the culture of those teams. We did it with different quarterbacks too, and just unbelievable historically wonderful lineman, and receivers, and just some of the best linebackers to ever play the game, great running backs.
"It was just such a cool franchise, and going to games at RFK, there's just nothing better than that. I'll be with them forever and look, we do have these shining moments and I feel like there always will be that little bit of, we'll hold on it a little bit. Every now and then a player pops up and they remind me of the old days. I'll be rooting for them for the rest of my days."
As has been well-documented on The Redskins Blog, Matthew McConaughey is also a fervent Redskins fan. He also happened to have a small supporting role in "The Wolf of Wall Street," though the two fans never shared a scene.
"Me and McConaughey never worked together on that movie, but I do know that he's a fan," Bernthal said. "Any friend of the Redskins is a friend of mine."
So, congratulations Redskins fans, you're now friends with Jon Bernthal.