This Sunday Bernthal debuted in the starring role of the Showtime drama American Gigolo. It’s his third major TV role in 2022 after taking the lead in We Own This City and a pivotal role in the great FX series The Bear. But he’s also appeared in a number of films. So, this week for Binge Watch I’ll be looking at five films from Bernthal’s filmography.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
About: This film from Martin Scorsese is based on the story of Jordan Belfort. Leonardo DiCaprio takes the starring role here but Bernthal is part of the ensemble cast and fits in this world and story well. This is a funny and engaging film, though admittedly it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
About: This comedy is about three high school friends. I thought it was poignant and engaging. In it, Bernthal plays a teacher that makes an impact on the students. It’s a different kind of role, but one that’s endearing a pivotal to the plot.
About: This isn’t Bernthal’s film, either. The stars here are Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. But Bernthal does have a pivotal role as a creeper who attempts to take out Blunt because he’s a crooked member of law enforcement. It’s a key scene and Bernthal plays it well.
Wind River (2017)
About: This beautiful film stars Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent and Jeremy Renner as a game hunter who come together to solve the case of a murdered Native girl in Wyoming. It turns out that she was involved with an older man, Bernthal, who plays a key role in the flashback that explains what happens. It’s another small but vital role in a beautiful film.
Small Engine Repair (2021)
About: This is a smaller film, but Bernthal plays a key role. He and Shea Whigham play estranged friends of Frank (Jon Pollono). They’re invited over to make amends and share a drink. But the night takes a turn as Frank really invited his friends to help him in a revenge plot against a man who hurt his daughter. It’s an interesting smaller film and a great showcase for Bernthal.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.
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