Thomas Jane has started packing on the pounds again to play brooding vigilante The Punisher in the sequel to the 2004 movie.

The action man tells website SciFiWire.com he has already added 12 pounds (6.6 kilograms) to his frame thanks to a hardcore gym training schedule.

He says, "I've been in the gym for seven weeks now. I've already put on 12 pounds of muscle. They (producers) want to start going before the end of the year."

Meantime, Jane and comic book writer STEVE NILES have teamed up to produce a string of low-budget horror movies, including a werewolf project called IN THE BLOOD.

Jane adds, "We want to do stuff that is outside the box; stuff that is more daring than we'd be able to get away with if we were working for somebody else... If we want something in a film, we won't have anybody looking over our shoulder saying we can't do that."

12/07/2005 09:15