Jason Isaacs Talks OotP in New TV Guide Interview
Jul 21, 2006
TV Guide has a new interview with actor Jason Isaacs where he discusses his return role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Jason says again that he will be back filming OotP in September, and also reminisces about working on Chamber of Secrets as well in this funny new interview. Quotage:
TVGuide.com: Where do you stand with the next Potter film, Order of the Phoenix? [Isaacs plays Lucius Malfoy, the father of Harry’s archrival, Draco.]
Isaacs: I’m shooting [State Within in Canada] all of next month, and then I go home, unpack, get the mothballs off the wig, stick it on and start waving my wand about.
TVGuide.com: A Potterphile pal of mine says fans are anxious to see how Order of the Phoenix handles the Battle of the Ministry, a “beyond huge” moment, I am told, in Potter lore.
Isaacs: I am, too. This is all as entertaining for me as it is for many of the fans. I turn up and they go, “OK, you materialize from here and you fly in over here, and then you point at this and it’s going to explode….” I stand there with my jaw dropped. When I did [Chamber of Secrets], they said, “OK, there’s going to be a little blue guy [Dobby the House Elf] walking next to you and then he’s going to jump up to here….” [Laughs] On the first day of the first one I did, the first shot I had to do was storming out of a room, leaving the lovely Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore) and Daniel [Radcliffe, Harry]. [Director] Chris Columbus shouted, “OK, and then shut the door on your way out.” I said, “Do I have to shut the door? I don’t know what the rules are, but can I just wave my hand and the door shuts by magic?” Chris paused for a second and said, “Sure. If you like.” That’s when I knew I was going to have a great ride.
TVGuide.com: Lucius must be pretty fed up with always being bested by those pesky kids.
Isaacs: Well, I know that I go to prison for No. 6 [Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince], so I suspect that I have time to build up another deep well of bitterness that hopefully will burst out in No. 7.
In a related note, Jason has contributed for a charity auction on Ebay an autographed photo from his new television series, Brotherhood. The proceeds from this auction benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization Jason has long supported. Thanks to Kim, Wendy, Hilary, Char, and Kay.