Frank Grillo on Future Marvel, ‘Purge’ Movies: ‘I Think I’m Done’

Actor discusses the future of his MCU character, Crossbones

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Frank Grillo played Crossbones in two “Captain America” movies and Sergeant Leo Barnes in two “Purge” movies, but he doesn’t seem interested to reprise either role for a third time.

“If [James] DeMonaco was still involved and they came up with a great idea, then I think I would do [another ‘Purge’ movie]. Otherwise, I think I’m done,” the actor told Collider. “Same thing with ‘Captain America,” he added. “There’s nowhere for it to go, unless you’re Captain America or Iron Man. They were talking about it, but I was like, ‘You know what? I’d just rather not do it.’”

Grillo’s character as Crossbones (pictured below) was used in “Captain America: Civil War” in the opening scene, where he seemed to die due to an explosion. However, Grillo previously teased another Crossbones appearance because audiences never actually saw the character die.


Now, Grillo might’ve just put that idea to rest.

Grillo has also twice-starred in the successful “The Purge” franchise, with the most recent film, “Election Year” having grossed $80 million domestically. And while Universal seems to want to continue the franchise with more films, Grillo didn’t seem excited to do a fourth “Purge” movie.

“It is what it is, but it’s great. It’s fun. After ‘Anarchy,’ Universal called me and said, ‘You’ve got a franchise. We’re gonna continue with this, if you wanna do this.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is great!’” he explained. “And so, when ‘Election Year’ was even more successful, they were like, ‘Let’s keep doing this!’ I was like, ‘Maybe. I think I might be done, but you should keep doing it!’”

Grillo made ensured his comments were a knock the series, adding, “But, I love it!”

So, while the future of Grillo in forthcoming MCU and “Purge” movies is up in the air, for now, we can see him in his upcoming projects like “Beyond Skyline” and “Wheelman.”

“I’m so appreciative and grateful to have been a part of something that big. I’m appreciative of ‘The Purge,’” he added. “It’s become a part of the lexicon and the zeitgeist knows what it is, so that’s been fun. But, it’s time to move on. Don’t stay at the party too long, or you get knocked through the ropes.”