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Potter Bolt: Gambone, Isaacs, & Dan

Posted by Dijares On November - 22 - 2012

Potter BoltFirst I’d like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA and those Americans who are living or stationed overseas. I wish you a warm, happy, and wonderful day filled with fun and laughter.

On today’s Potter Bolt, we have news about Michael Gambone (Professor Dumbledore), a new project for Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and two videos of Dan Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) latest projects.

First off, Gambone will be honored at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with the Richard Harris Award.  This award recognizes outstanding contribution to British film.  This award was introduced in 2002 in memory of Richard Harris, the original Professor Dumbledore.  Other Harry Potter actors who have received this award include Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange).

Isaacs is in a new web series called Kendra.  It begins on November 26th and has eight episodes.  His character, Jeffrey, is a patient who is a bit mixed up on who he’s in love with.  You can see a trailer from the series below.

Two videos from Dan’s latest projects are online this week.  The first is from the four-part series that starts on December 6th, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, from Sky Arts.  The second is a quick look on set from Horns from Entertainment Tonight in Canada.

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New Trailer from Jason Isaac’s Awake

Posted by Dijares On February - 28 - 2012

Jason Isaacs in AwakeA new trailer from Jason Isaac’s (Lucius Malfoy) new TV show Awake is now available. The show, which will air on NBC, has Jason portraying a father who is a detective. He’s in a car accident and, after the accident, when he awakes, he’s lost his wife, but his son is alive. When he goes to sleep in this reality, he awakes to find that in another reality, he’s lost his son and his wife is still alive. While working on his investigations, clues intermingle within each reality to help him solve crimes. The show begins Thursday, March 1st at 10/9c. Make sure to check your local listings to confirm times and channels.

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Jason Isaacs: Lead Role In US TV Show REM

Posted by Lilysowl On February - 22 - 2011

It seems Jason Isaacs won’t be far from the sight of American fans who enjoyed him as “Lucius Malfoy” in the Harry Potter films.  According to The Hollywood Reporter,  the British actor will be seen in the leading role  for the pilot of the new US television show, REM.  The show is about the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who can’t let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a car accident.

This is not Mr. Isaacs’  first role on US television.  He “toplined” in the pilot for Pleading Guilty on Fox TV (which will broadcast REM)  last year.  Also, he was seen in the Showtime series Brotherhood.

At this time, it is not confirmed when REM will be broadcasted on Fox-TV.

The post on The Hollywood Reporter site mentioned Mr. Isaacs will be seen as “Lucius Malfoy” (for the final time) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which will be released in movie theaters on July 15.  It is not his only film that will be released this summer, for he used his great voice in the animated feature Cars 2 which will be released in movie theaters on June 24. 

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Jason Isaacs Avoids Saying Goodbye To Harry Potter

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 1 - 2010

Another recent interview in The Los Angeles Times’ “Hero Complex” feature was one given by Jason Isaacs who portrayed Draco Malfoy’s father, “Lucius Malfoy”.  Here is an excerpt from that interview:

PKD: Have you said goodbye to the “Harry Potter” films?

JI: I came to the end of the line last Christmas. Sometime in December, I think it was. I’ve been trying to milk it as much as I can with a bit of ADR and publicity and stuff because I can’t bear to say goodbye. I don’t think any of us can.

PKD: What is it exactly that you can’t bear to leave the people, the character, the story itself?

JI: All those and more. There’s lots to love about “Harry Potter.” All the things you normally experience on films, the very opposite is true of this. The set is a very happy and comforting place. Most sets are places with a throbbing undertone of fear that everyone’s taken the wrong job in the wrong thing. That no one’s going to watch the film, no one’s going to like the story, no one’s going to work again. Actors generally can float above that stuff, but there’s something very different going on with “Harry Potter.” You know you’re making a story that you love taking part in and that you know people will obsess over. It’s the difference between throwing a party and wondering if anyone’s going to come and having the party people are having to wait to get into. Everything about it always feels right. So that’s just on the storytelling front. And then on the sheer star-struck front, I still pinch myself after almost a decade of it, that I get to go to work with the kinds of people I do. Where on most big special-effects films, you complain about all the time sitting around, there was never enough time sitting around if you’re sitting around with Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton and on and on.

PKD: Did the book series coming to an end – and knowing that ending – change your interpretation of the character filming movies based on earlier books in the series?

JI: Yeah, I feel quite lucky actually because Lucius had an actual journey. There’s a number of characters that didn’t change that much but he started off being such an arrogant [jerk] and a monstrous bigot and racist that I was hoping he’d get his comeuppance at some stage. But I didn’t imagine I’d be so publicly deflated and humiliated. Lucius thought he’d stand by Voldemort’s side and fall with him. Instead I’ve been completely emasculated by him and rejected by everybody, and as an actor it’s a tremendously juicy thing to do, not play the same part time after time. So after all that early hope and arrogance, I think it is very satisfying to the audience and to me to see him so crushed.

PKD: Did you get to keep your Malfoy wig?

JI: No, I didn’t. I did ask for it, funnily enough. There were many, many wigs. The style changed over the years – it ended up being slightly more Lady Gaga in the final incarnation. It started as Pamela Anderson, I think. There were many of them and I don’t know where they are – forming a band or something, I think.

PKD: Did you have any real-world model for your interpretation of Malfoy?

JI: When I got cast and looked at the first film,  I saw Alan Rickman, who is the world’s greatest bad man and was tremendous as the sinister Snape, and I thought, “What the hell am I going to do? How am I going to pull off anything that’s in any way distinctive?” All I had to do was look around. I don’t know what you have in America, I’m not familiar with your rabidly right-wing politicians, but we have plenty of people in Europe standing up and saying the kinds of things and thinking the kinds of things Lucious thinks about racial separatism and racial purity and it’s really not far-fetched at all. It seems ripped from the daily headlines. So that sense of arrogance and entitlement is something you’ll see in any newspaper in Europe on any given day.

PKD: Would you say Lucius is the worst villain you’ve played?

JI: No, he’s not the worst. He’s a terrible coward. And in the end he doesn’t really get to do very much. He’s all bark and no bite, really. If he were capable of doing anything, he might be among the most vicious and the consequences would be calamitous. But he’s far more  concerned with what he looks like and what he sounds like in the mirror and being in the newspaper than he is about taking action. And I think Voldemort’s quite right in seeing that he’s addicted to his status and addicted to his swanning around and spending too much time at the tailors and not enough time getting his wand sharpened.

PKD: I read how you read the first four “Harry Potter” books in three days’ time. Are you a big fan of children’s or fantasy literature?

JI: No, not at all. In fact I was slightly sniffy about these books. I didn’t understand why some of my contemporaries were laughing at them and asking if I’d read them. I take the tube a lot in England and grown-ups – people of drinking and volunteering for the army and marriageable age – were reading children’s books. I got slightly stuffy about it until I dove in myself. They’re so beautifully written, you’re transported. There’s great value in that. They’re such a beautifully realized escape. It’s like sitting on a magic carpet when you open the front cover.

PKD: There’s so much great detail in the books.

JI: I didn’t have kids when I got the job in “Chamber of Secrets.” They’ve been very generous with our schedule to allow me and lots of actors to do other things. But one of the things they did was schedule around the birth of my first daughter on “Chamber of Secrets.” So subsequently I’ve read an awful lot of children’s books. Not only did I enjoy the “Potter” books at the time, in retrospect, I see just how successful they are at appealing to many different ages. And they mean different things to kids at different ages. I’m actually on the first round of reading it to my 5-year-old now and I’m wondering at what point I stop. She keeps wanting to go on to the next book and I’m thinking about what point they get too grown-up. But she’s absolutely got her mental hooks into it and won’t let go. She’s seen the first two movies. I think they get too scary after that for her at this age.

Click here to read the complete interview and find out what his next projects are.

Source:  Harry Potter Official Facebook Page

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Jason Isaacs: Potter Films Will Be Around A Long Time

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 5 - 2010

Jason IsaacsThe Coventry Telegraph posted a brief interview with Jason Isaacs about no longer portraying “Lucius Malfoy”, Draco’s father after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and Part II.

He was quoted to have said the following:

…”I was sad. I’m a bit of a sentimental buffoon, so I was already feeling tearful and nostalgic before they started months of shooting. You should really wait for the last day I think for that kind of behaviour.”…

…”Luckily I think the Harry Potter experience has an afterglow in that these films will be released and are coming out over a long time, until July next year…

…”And then I have a suspicion that they’ll be in everybody’s DVD collection until the next format comes along and replaces it so I don’t think Harry Potter’s going away for a very, very long time.”…

When he was asked if there was anything he could reveal about Deathly Hallows, this was his answer:

…”Yes I can. I can tell you that they’re out in November [2010] and July [2011], and if you want a sneak preview of the script… go and buy the book.”…

:) Cheeky, but Charming!

Click here to read the article.

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Happy Birthday To Jason Isaacs!

Posted by Lilysowl On June - 6 - 2010

Jason IsaacsWe wish Mr. Isaacs a Happy Birthday! 

The actor who portrays “Lucius Malfoy” in the Harry Potter films, turns 47 years old today.  He was born in Liverpool, England on June 6, 1963.  Isaacs is the third one born out of four boys in his family.

His interest in acting was not triggered until he went to Bristol University to study law.  He became a member of the university’s drama study.  He performed in over 30 plays and performed each summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, first with Bristol University and then, twice, with the National Student Drama Company.  Mr. Isaacs trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama after he graduated from Bristol.

Aside from his role as Draco Malfoy’s father, Isaacs also became well-known for his roles as the brutal Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot and as lifelong criminal Michael Caffee in the internationally-broadcast American series Brotherhood on Showtime.

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Isaacs on the End and Saying Bye to His Wig

Posted by Dijares On March - 2 - 2010

Jason IsaacsJason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, recently spoke with MTV about the Harry Potter films.  He said he’s finished filming his part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows although he’d do just about anything to get back on the set.  He said he didn’t get to keep his wig and that he’s looking forward to and dreading when the film says ‘The End’ on the big screen.

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Update: Video: Jason Isaacs Talks Potter

Posted by Dijares On February - 26 - 2010

Jason IsaacsJason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, recently spoke with CNN, answering some fans’ questions. He was asked whether he likes playing a bad guy, and he prefers good writing over bad writing (and not necessarily the bad guy role).  He also stated he had auditioned for the role of Gilderoy Lockhart and that his favorite part of doing Potter is off camera and getting to spend time with what he called ‘British Acting Royalty.’ He says he’s a huge Potter fan.  He was also asked if he were Lucius Malfoy for a day what he’d do.  He said if he were Lucius, he’d probably kill Muggles all day since that’s what Lucius dreams of.  He also reminded fans that he’ll be in Green Zone with Matt Damon which will be in theatres on March 12.  See this hilarious interview below:

UPDATE: In another interview, this time with ComingSoon.net, Jason spoke more of some of the characters who will be in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, how the stories are  roller coaster ride, and how he feels about the end.

“They made the last book into two films, and it was a fantastic experience because everyone who is left alive is back… and even some of the dead people,” he said with a sly smile. “There is one long sequence where everyone who is left standing is there when the forces of good meet the forces of evil.”

“I think over the years that they’ve been adapting these incredibly popular and successful books, they’ve increasingly become more and more confident in their ability to make great cinema experiences out of it and where they need to change the book or the central thrust of the story, they do it now with real aplomb and with Jo Rowling’s blessing,” he continued. “Everybody is very savvy to the notion that this is a much-loved franchise and this will be the end of an eighth film, and it needs to have weight and substance and you need to feel drained by the end of it. It’s a ten-year roller coaster ride, not a two-hour roller coaster ride, and we all know it and we all felt it, and it was in the air while we were shooting it.”

“This franchise goes out in an epic way,” he concluded. “I think the end of the films will be a fantastically cinematic and visual feast and it will more than satisfy the readers of the books, but what you won’t get is the book on screen. You will get something more and different.”

“It’s very sad for me,” he admitted when asked about how he felt about the movies coming to an end. “I’m a particularly sentimental fool anyway so I was already nostalgic for the history of Harry Potter while I was still making it, and I knew the end was coming. I was always cognizant of the fact I was going to have to pack up my furry friend of a wig and stick it in a box and say goodbye to the cane and any magic powers. All the joy was tinged with sadness for me.”

Read the entire article here.

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Jason Isaacs Dreads The End of The Harry Potter Films

Posted by Lilysowl On September - 7 - 2009

Jason IsaacsContinuing to promote the DVD release of his film Good, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) did another interview which was posted here by the Press Association.  As an actor, he enjoyed the characteristic journey the father of Draco Malfoy went through since his imprisonment in Azkaban:

“One of the lovely things about these two films is Lucius has gone from the most evil man in the series to being utterly humiliated and emasculated by Lord Voldemort,” he said.

“He’s reduced to little more than the man who rushes around with a dishcloth clearing up the spills. It’s nice to have that kind of journey as a character and see him get the comeuppance he so richly deserves.”

But no matter how evil Lucius Malfoy was, Isaacs will find it “unbearable” to relinquish the role in April after his scenes are filmed:

“I find it unbearable, I’m absolutely dreading it – I’m such a sentimental old fool that even though I don’t finish shooting until April, I already feel like they’re playing Leaving On A Jet Plane in my ear.”

Meanwhile, according to the article, Jason Isaacs “couldn’t be happier” at the prospect of returning to Leavesden Studios and wearing that long blonde wig one last time for his scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I & II.

Click here to read the complete article.

Thanks to TLC

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Interview: Jason Isaacs Mentions DH On BBC Radio 5

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 28 - 2009

Jason IsaacsWhile promoting the DVD release of his film Good on BBC Radio 5, Jason Isaacs mentions the filming he has already done for Deathly Hallows as “Lucius Malfoy” at Malfoy Manor and more filming he will do soon with Ralph Fiennes as “Lord Voldemort”. When asked where the film adaptation of the seventh book will be split into two films, Mr. Isaacs almost confirmed what Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle) said about where the split will be.  Mr. Isaacs also mentions what it was like for him to attend his first Harry Potter premiere for Half-Blood Prince when he wasn’t even in the movie! Lol.

Click here to listen to Mr. Isaacs complete forty-minute interview with discussions of his other projects and critiques the top ten movies of the week with the hosts.

Thanks to Snitchseeker

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