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New Interview with Jason Isaacs: Isaacs and Yates Plotted How to End Lucius' Story

Isaacs Interviews
Posted by: Rosi
March 15, 2010, 06:36 AM

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) gave a new interview to Dermot O'Leary's show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, in which he discussed finishing Potter and his role in "Green Zone." Confirming that he'd wrapped, Isaacs said, "hopefully there'll be some publicity and I can get the wig back on again." The actor revealed that he and director David Yates had been discussing how to end Lucius' story in the film:

One day I came up with this [idea for how to end Lucius' story] and [Yates] said, "that's it, that would be great." We shot some particular bit but I still had months left to film and I went to the trailer and took all my gear off and the First Assistant who came to see me went, "Jason, we're just looking at the schedule and we realised  that actually we don't need you now" [...] And I said, "Why?" and he said, "well that thing you just decided to do means you're not in that scene, or that scene, or that scene. And I went, "Argh! I've changed my mind! It was a terrible mistake, get everybody back!" So I had to say goodbye to it, but it was a magnificent run.
Isaacs went on to compare Potter to his other acting projects and discussed his motivations behind acting.
I know it sounds pretty ungrateful, but I don't do this job for anybody who watches it, I just love the process of it. I like the research, I like the process of being around people, the community spirit of it. With Potter, it's different. The end result and the pleasure it gives to people just goes on forever, it's kind of the opposite of herpes. It's the gift that really does keep on giving, Potter. I meet people and I don't have to do anything. I just have to breathe and exist in the room and it gives them pleasure.
The actor described Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)  and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as "really fine, grounded humble young people, which is pretty extraordinary considering they're the most famous young people on the planet." Isaacs also talked about the older actors he has worked with whilst making the Harry Potter films and referred to the call sheets he's saved, saying, "I look at the call sheets and it's got Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman on it and I go, 'my name's on the same piece of paper!'"

The interview also covered Tom Felton's mailbag, a comparison of running in London's Hampstead Heath and Los Angeles' Runyon Canyon along with a lengthy discussion of Isaacs' latest role in "Green Zone." The Lucius Malfoy actor described the process of acting without a set script as a, "joy: the freedom that comes with that, the sense of spontaneity."

You can find the interview on the BBC iPlayer at this link; it starts at 2:04 hours in.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the heads up!

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73 Comments

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Jason is just hilarious! i’m looking for to Lucius’ part, but not how it would all end though!

Posted by Little Light ^HISS^ on March 15, 2010, 06:46 AM report to moderator
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He was also on This Morning (last week)talking about Green Zone and said how he kept looking for excuses to go back on Harry Potter set. He told how they had asked him to come back for a photo shoot one day and then they couldn’t get rid of him for the rest of the day.

Posted by finley on March 15, 2010, 07:19 AM report to moderator
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I really hope that they don’t make him die! DON’T DO IT!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on March 15, 2010, 07:24 AM report to moderator
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This is why Jason is my favorite of the adult actors! He’s just so happy to be there in the wig, waving the wand, and being Lucius. It’s bloody fantastic, is what it is.

Please don’t kill Lucius!!!!!!

Posted by mrh216 on March 15, 2010, 08:04 AM report to moderator
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I hope they didn’t change the storyline too much from the book!!!! I wanted him in those last scenes!!!

Posted by Rin68nyr on March 15, 2010, 08:25 AM report to moderator
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I hope they didn’t change the storyline too much from the book!!!! I wanted him in those last scenes!!!

Posted by Rin68nyr on March 15, 2010, 08:26 AM report to moderator
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i dont see why they just send him and the rest of the death eaters to azkaban. but i dont want them to put something thats not in the book.

Posted by clever-ravenclaw=] on March 15, 2010, 09:33 AM report to moderator
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I agree, I don’t want them to change the book. But we never do find out what happens to Draco’s parents after the Great Hall scene.

Posted by Dawna on March 15, 2010, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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big statements from someone who has worked with mel gibson
i like it but i dont know if im happy about this new “addition”

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on March 15, 2010, 09:54 AM report to moderator
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Hmm I wonder what they changed. I’m such a huge fan of the books that my enjoyment of the films is ruined somewhat by noticing bits and pieces which are different. I try so hard not to do it but I can’t help it. I’ve seen Jason in three things (Malfoy in Harry Potter, Hook in Peter Pan and a photographer in the Gaza episodes of the West Wing) and his characters are all so different; he really is a great actor and judging from his comments he seems such a nice guy.

Posted by Love is the greatest magic on March 15, 2010, 10:27 AM report to moderator
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Everybody hates Malfoy – that’s how good Isaacs is! And his interviews are always insightful, fun and hilarious.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on March 15, 2010, 10:29 AM report to moderator
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Jason is such a great guy! He truly loves to play Lucius and it shows. I hope they don’t kill him off in the movie…. I’m very curious to see what they do plant to do though.

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on March 15, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
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Really hope they just add on to the ending, not change it. :S

Posted by Lucida on March 15, 2010, 10:50 AM report to moderator
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I was really looking forward to the idea that the last glimpse of him would be running through the castle with his wife during the battle, not fighting and looking for Draco.

Posted by LunaSpecs on March 15, 2010, 11:20 AM report to moderator
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I know the filmmakers want to put their own stamp on the storyline, but I really do hope they haven’t changed the ending too much!

And I love that Jason loves making the movies so much. He’s so darn good at being evil!

Posted by Agrippa1 on March 15, 2010, 11:52 AM report to moderator
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