Speculation: Does this video confirm Robbie DeRaffele’s casting as the Russian in Netflix’s The Punisher?

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Artwork by Steve Dillon from The Punisher #9 (Dec. 2000)

A week ago after some Instagram investigation, I theorized that actor Robbie DeRaffele, simply cast as “Vor” on the IMDB page for Netflix’s The Punisher Season 2, would be playing a certain special comic role due to his formidable physical build. A few hours ago, Robbie seemed to confirm just that, with an Instagram video showing his own take on “The Russian”, a Punisher fan favorite that first appeared as an “employee” of the Gnucci crime family in Garth Ennis’s Welcome Back, Frank miniseries. Fans may also remember that wrestler and actor Kevin Nash famously portrayed the character in the popular 2004 Thomas Jane-led live-action film. Check out Robbie’s video below!

 

 

In the short video, Robbie is angry and and without the usual cheesiness and humor of the character. Is this a hint that Vor is the real name of the Russian or is Robbie just pranking us? If you want my honest opinion, he’s just pranking us, but I did like that he studied a bit of the character and gave it his own twist.

What do you think about it? Let us know!

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