Jason 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.
Jason 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.”
Once again, Harry Potter stars were seen at another year of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony for 2010. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Jamie Campbell Bower (who portrayed ”Caius” in New Moon and will be seen as ”Grindewald” in Deathly Hallows) posed for pictures on the red carpet. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) also posed for photos and did a brief interview. Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) presented the award for Original Screenplay.
Click here and here to see the photos in the photo gallery.
Click here to see Jason Isaacs’ red carpet interview.
Here is a low quality video of Rob Pattinson presenting the award for Original Screenplay.
Continuing 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.
While 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.
FilmClub, new service run by movie-lovers to introduce kids to the wonder of films, asked Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films) what film changed her life. But I’m not going to tell you. Watch the video to learn the answer if you don’t know it already. And no, it wasn’t the first Harry Potter film.
Click here to watch Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) mentions the film that changed her life and here to read a quote from Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) about the film that changed his.
Jason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, recently spoke with The Telegraph while attending the musical Sister Act at the West End. During the interview, he said that the Harry Potter films would have benefited (jokingly, of course) if one of the trio had done something controversial.
“The problem with Harry Potter is that there is so little controversy,” he complained at the first night of Sister Act, the West End musical. “It would be so great for the press if one of them would go off the rails and end up in rehab, but they are, actually, just really sweet guys.”
“They can fall backwards on their mountains of cash,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. They’re really talented and they’ve got each other as close friends, which is all that matters because no one else has been through the same thing.
“What is amazing about them is that they are still respectful and have humility and work ethic. I have met and sometimes worked with their American equivalents and they have none of those things.
“Daniel will potentially be a great director or producer. He’s very interested in behind-the-camera work. Remember, they have spent more hours in front of the camera in the last decade than most people have in their entire career.”
Jason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, turns 46 today. Jason had studied for and received his law degree, but then decided to go with acting (thank goodness!). He is married and has two children. He has done many roles in which he is (or sometimes isn’t) recognizable. He is well known for his role as the nasty Col William Tavington in The Patriot, but has also done fun stuff as Mr. Darling/Capt Hook in the 2003 version of Peter Pan. One of my personal favorites is his role as Chaz in Sweet November, where he does some cross dressing and some outstanding acting (as always).
So, everyone please wish Mr. Isaacs a very happy birthday!
LSQ.TV posted Russell Nelson’s video interview with Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) at the BAFTA Craft Awards which happened on May 17. During the interview, Mr. Isaacs mentions his plans to attend the Half-Blood Prince premiere even though Draco Malfoy’s father is not in the sixth film. But the event will be the first Harry Potter film premiere he has been able to attend.
Mr. Isaacs also discusses his new projects, independent films, and his appreciation for people, like cinematographers, who work on a film crew.
Jason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, spoke with the BBC. In the interview, he spoke about his fame and how no one really recognizes him unless he’s at premieres or if he’s been announced. He says he has a sedate life. He talked about his current projects, including Good. He also talked about his Lucius Malfoy character, which he says is one of the most fun parts he’s had, specifically because it’s enjoyable for the audience. He said a lot of time is spent getting his hair ready for the part. You can see the video here.