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Jason Isaacs Talks Deathly Hallows, Lucius "Half-Blood Prince" Cameo, Politics, "Good" and More

Isaacs
Posted by: sue
December 30, 2008, 01:48 PM

Aintitcool.com has released a new, and very lengthy interview with actor Jason Isaacs. In this very indepth piece, Jason confirms again that he has a very small cameo as Lucius Malfoy in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ("a moving painting for a frame"). In this wide ranging, frank and often very engaging interview with this gracious actor, Jason Isaacs also comments on his past roles such as Tavington in the  Mel Gibson film The Patriot,  politics, working with Viggo Mortensen on his new film Good, remarking how he also enjoys fan sites and checking on the internet. Harry Potter is of course a topic, and Jason discusses his return as Lucius for the Deathly Hallows films. Full remarks on Potter as follows:

And then HARRY POTTER, it's been such an enormous part of my life for years now, and almost everything else I do, I knock myself out to try and make things real--I research them, I over-research them. I steep myself in it and torture myself at night trying to make something interesting and believable and human. But then you suddenly get handed a wand and full-length velvet cape, and you're sharing scenes with some of the biggest and best scene stealers who have ever lived. You really have to hit the ground running. To give that much joy to so many people and to have such a laugh doing it feels like an embarrassment of riches.

Capone: I know that Lucius is not in the sixth book, but I heard you might still make an appearance in THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.

JI: I'm not in the sixth book, but I might be a moving painting for a frame. I'm not in the film essentially. Luckily they let me come and say hello to everyone for a day and put my costume on, but essentially I'm not in the film. Number Seven and Number Eight, no one has read the script yet. I've seen the book; I know I'm in the book. I would hope given they are making two films of it, all of my bits will make it in the movie. I wish they'd make 10 films out of it, are you kidding? First of all, here I am in Chicago, I'm shooting in Rhode Island, I'm off to Morocco, I very rarely get to sleep in my own bed and take my kids to school. So one of the great things about HARRY POTTER is that I get to live in England. Apart from that, who would not want to go and do that. Just to set in the makeup chair and look to my left and see Michael Gambon, look to my right and see Maggie Smith, or sit and hang out with Gary Oldman talking magic. I keep pinching myself.

I've been asked before, do you resent the fact that you're best known for that role. What a ridiculous question. I love the work on a lot of the jobs I do, particularly that one. Why would I mind? I don't even care about being known for anything. Most think I aspire to disappear into, but with HARRY POTTER, if you tell a kid you're in it, or even their parents, they light up. You can actually give a thrill to someone just by doing nothing. For a lazy person like me, that's a real treat.

Mild language caution to parents of younger children. Thanks so much to AintitCool, and to George!


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18 Comments

BellaSnape

@ David – Thanks, I dont think the two of us really worded it right, " He came out" as a married person on screen. They dont go together. ANYHOO, Come on now kamion and others ( who will flock here soon and speak out) am I the only one that can think positively about Helen as Narcissa Malfoy. Shes a great actress, as far as what she wears and her hair that has nothing to do with her, its the makeup department. OH and that reminds me how stupid some of you were in the first place. She has brown hair – so that means she wont work? Hmmm…. whats wrong with that statement. Its movies, people can have a rainbow head if they so please. Come on, I know we all have our own ideal actor in mind but when a person is cast we should welcome them and not complain. But hell, it will happen again, and again with the next movie- so why do I bother. I mean do Jason and Alan really have long locks that are bleach blonde and jet black? Oh and Alan is 62yrs old and Snape is about 40, but we would never want him replaced.

Posted by BellaSnape on December 31, 2008, 12:43 AM report to moderator
amber

jason isaacs your soooo damn hot

Posted by amber on January 20, 2009, 11:18 AM report to moderator
dina

merry me jason

Posted by dina on January 20, 2009, 11:19 AM report to moderator
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