Jason Isaacs Talks About the Final Acts of “Deathly Hallows”


Feb 27, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

There is a new interview with Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) with Collider.com online today, in which the actor spoke to the Harry Potter films coming to a close, and his last days on the set. This interview, which was part of a larger round table discussion at the press junket for Mr. Isaac’s upcoming film “The Green Zone,” begins with talk of his final days on the set, and his emotional response to knowing this will be the last time he’ll film as Lucius. Quoteage:

Well, it’s very sad for me. I was already nostalgic for the history of Harry Potter while I was still making it and I knew the end was coming. It was two film¦they made the last book into two films and it was a fantastic experience because everybody’s back¦everyone who is left alive that is¦and even some of the dead people. There is nothing greater than sitting around on a Harry Potter set when you’re not filming and listening to the likes of Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent tell stories. And watching everybody crew the scenery up in the few moments you get on screen – trying to out ham each other is magnificent. This big franchise goes out in an epic way. But I was always cognisant of the fact that I’d have to pack up my little furry friend of a wig and stick it in a box and say goodbye to the cane. All the joy was tinged with sadness for me.

He continues by speaking to the much anticipated final battle sequence in the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers have the “ability to make great cinema experiences out of [the book] and where they need to change the book or the central thrust of the story, they do it now with, I think, real aplomb and with Jo Rowling’s blessing.” When speaking on his opinion of the final act of the film, Mr. Isaacs says:

I think the end of the films will be a fantastically cinematic and visual feast. It will more than satisfy the readers of the books¦but you won’t get is the book on screen. You’ll get something more and different. 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.

On a related note, Mr. Isaacs spoke with ComingSoon.net during the same press junket round table and related a few expanded comments regarding what to expect in the final films. That interview can be read right here. Coming Soon is slated to release additional interviews with other actors from the final Harry Potter film, including Ciaran Hinds and Rhys Ifans, in the coming days.
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44 Responses to Jason Isaacs Talks About the Final Acts of “Deathly Hallows”

Avatar ImageLucida says: So cool! Can't wait for DH! First!Avatar ImageBookNookKara says: Absolutely can't wait for that battle sequence! I'll be on the edge of my seat, probably with a few tissues in hand. Second! :oDAvatar ImagePollytomat says: OMG! It will be awesome! Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: SOOOOOOO Excited for these movies!!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: It will be amazing but SO sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I greatly look forward to watching him give his closing performances as Lucius Malfoy in the last two films. He certainly has provided us with a captivating and delectable character to complement the one in the novels.Avatar Imagenwrosey says: awesomeAvatar Imagenwrosey says: awesomeAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Aw Jason Isaacs I will to miss the wig & cane as well. Since your acting is great on screen I always wanted to hit your character with the cane. =)Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Omg!!!!! Awwww *sob* I'm so looking forward to the whole DH experience but I'm slightley bummed about the part where he says you won't get the book on screen because I still haven't mastered the art of seperating the two materials. =] But awwww great interview, all these last scene interviews and interviews about the end of the movies are incredibly depressing and exciting so ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! =] <3333333333Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Jason isaacs is amazing!!!!Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: Good Luck JasonAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: Jason has been in the hotseat these last couple of daysAvatar Imagebellaohbella says: so cool cant waitAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Oh I love Jason! He truly loves the books and playing Lucius so much... it's nice to see that in an actor. He plays Lucius so well! Such a brillant actor! :)Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Wow, I cannot believe that after ten years, the end is so near! On one hand I am really really excited for the two part film to come out but on the other hand, just thinking that after that there will be nothing else to look forward to is just overwhelming. Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: So excited for this!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Can't wait!Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: errr... that'd be 'chew' the scenery up not " 'crew' the scenery up in the few moments you get on screen," which is great news because when these great actors chew the scenery up you can expect the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up ... and scream .... Avatar Imagepotterball says: i remember seeing the trailer for chamber of secrets, and how a chill just ran up my spine when lucius malfoy came on-screen, issacs and the other actors and actresses that have been part of the series all have made me respect thm even more, becuase they have never had one-bad word about how the movies turned out and some were even fans of the books and read them, we will surely miss you playing the villianous lucious malfoy mr. issacs, but still look foward to any of your future rolesAvatar ImageLunaLuver says: I will miss Jason Isaacs as Lucius too, he was such a great character to hate. The part where he says 'you won’t get the book on screen' worries me a bit but I bet its going to be amazing even if its not like the book. Maybe it will be even better? I hope to see him in many more films. :)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: He is so awesome. I love how he's such a big fan of the series.Avatar ImageTheRebekinator says: He is such a good actor !!!!!Avatar Imageleigia says: Jason and his wig. I'm not fond of the character of Lucius, but Jason made him memorable and every time I pictured the character, I picture Jason and his wig.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: aww so sadAvatar ImageToNkS_rip says: im sure it will be gr8. jason rules hes awesome as luciusAvatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: "It will more than satisfy the readers of the books…but you won’t get is the book on screen." You won't get the book onscreen. Then why bother!! Jo, why did you agree to allow them to corrupt your great books and produce movies aren't anything like the book? Avatar ImageFifi says: Can't they let him keep the wig or the cane, just like Timothy Spall took an ear?Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: I think Jo should have killed off Lucius.Avatar ImageeiVega says: I can't believe he's done with his part! How sad! I feel sorry for him! It's also very scary to think the end is so near! The actors are saying good-bye means we're getting closer. With every actor that finishes I get more anxious. It's hard to grasp that there is a movie out there hidden that we can't see yet. Just the post-production will be left. So exciting. This makes me hopeful for the movie and in a weird way...also the special features. I want to see a nice good-bye tribute for everyone.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: It's so sad to think that this is coming to an end. I am excited for the movies but, it will be very weird to think it's all over. It must be tough for the cast and crew that have been around all these years, it's like a part of their life. Jason Isaacs is awesome because he's such a great guy and a HP fan, too :)Avatar Imagehousemusicbori says: it will be awesome!! even though it will be the end... :(Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: God, why do they have to make it harder t wait?!! I want DH NOW!Avatar ImageAll Was Well says: What would we do without our favorite Death Eater? Gonna be epic.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: I cannot wait! I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Oh My Gosh!!! "more and different" I can't wait!!! i want november now!!Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: I just wish the end wasn't so close. I can't believe we won't be having anymore of those in the future... It makes me so sad. I deeply regret it.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Awesome! Now I really can't wait for Deathly Hallows!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Can't decide how to feel...excited for the movies & also sad bcz it's coming to an end.... Never mind, Harry Potter will live forever!!!Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: gives hope that Deathly Hallows one and two, have not been messed up. Avatar ImageVesperaS says: I was just thinking, in many years- Harry Potter will be a classic and they will be re-making it with new actors and fancy technology we cant even imagine! Harry Potter movies will continue much later than the end of the 8th one! Even if I am not allowed to leave my future old-folks home to see it... Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Cool, I love it that he's into the books not just the movies! He truly is inspiring to young people such as me!Avatar ImagePigmyPuffPie says: I think he's hinting that the ending will be a bit different. Hopefully in a good way!!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: WOOOT SOUNDS AWESOME

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