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


Mar 15, 2010

Posted by John Admin

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!

74 Responses to New Interview with Jason Isaacs: Isaacs and Yates Plotted How to End Lucius’ Story

Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Jason is just hilarious! i'm looking for to Lucius' part, but not how it would all end though!Avatar Imagefinley says: 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.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: AWESOME!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I really hope that they don't make him die! DON'T DO IT!Avatar Imagemrh216 says: 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!!!!!!Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: I hope they didn't change the storyline too much from the book!!!! I wanted him in those last scenes!!!Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: I hope they didn't change the storyline too much from the book!!!! I wanted him in those last scenes!!!Avatar Imageclever-ravenclaw says: 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. Avatar ImageDawna says: 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.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: big statements from someone who has worked with mel gibson i like it but i dont know if im happy about this new "addition"Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: 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. Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: Everybody hates Malfoy - that's how good Isaacs is! And his interviews are always insightful, fun and hilarious.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: 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.Avatar ImageLucida says: Really hope they just add on to the ending, not change it. :SAvatar ImageLunaSpecs says: 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. Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: 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!Avatar ImageJohnB says: Well considering this movie was cut in two too make it easier to keep it as close to the book as possible, I doubt you will see him die or running through the castle fighting, he didn't have a wand at the end remember and his wife gave her's to Draco. I do not know how they ended it, but I am pretty sure you can rule those two thoughts out. Perhaps they are simply running through the castle looking for Draco, like in the book.Avatar ImageMarielebone says: I love Jason Isaacs, but I really hope that he didn't do anything crazy with Lucius's story. I liked the way it ended!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Well if he has worked with Mel Gibson that's too bad but, otherwise I think Jason Isaacs is totally awesome. He is so funny. And, I love that he loves HP (and The Wig) so much. He seems a real cool guy :)Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Not a great idea to announce to fans that you're making it up as you go along.Avatar Imagehallows_or_horcruxes says: opposite of herpes? uhhhhh ok jasonAvatar ImageDeliaDee says: They changed Lucius' story. I hate that. I found the Malfoys' stories (all the Malfoys), small though they were, to be utterly fascinating. Why can't they leave ANYTHING as Jo wrote it? Why do people who dislike her story so much insist on working on it? I know why. Money. And I don't mean my beautiful Jason when I say this. I know how much he loves and respects the story. I'm talking about all those other losers like Kloves and Yates who think they know better but really REALLY don't.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Hmm...I wonder what they decided to do to give closure to a character that would require him not to be in other scenes? I highly doubt they would kill him. That's too dramatic. I'm thinking it's more along some path of cowardice or maybe redemption. Just not being as around when the bad guys are doing there thing. I just hope they don't over do the Malfoy story so they all come out good in the end. The actions were somewhat selfish; they slowly pulled away from Voldemort not because they moral opposed him, but because they wanted to protect their family. There wasn't an actual conversion to goodness. It was more of a surrender. Also, I think it couldn't anything too serious because it would have to get JKR's approval. I'm sure it will be fine. I'm glad they are taking the time to finesse these characters a little more. Now that we have two movie they can milk the content.Avatar Imagehewy says: Jason is such a wonderful actor and makes Lucius such a deliciously evil character. The fact that he respects the story and the other actors so much says alot about him as a human being. His love of this character (and the wig) shows on the screen! Why oh why can they not follow the story line??? Please do not change this too much!!!! It really is perfection as is.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I hope that with regard to the Malfoys they have not strayed from the book too much and we are reading too much into these particular statements that Jason Isaacs has made. Needless to say, however, I cannot begin to imagine the bereavement going through him now that he has left this franchise to which he has contributed for about a decade.Avatar Imagesplinch says: well the last glimpse of him SHOULD be him huddling in the great hall with Draco and his wife. this sounds like they are again making up their own story and using Jo's book as a loose guideline, I really dont like yates.Avatar ImageFresca says: Jason is a good actor, and I think any idea he has on how to end Lucius' story should work well. They can not put everything that it is in book on the screen or the movie would be five or six hours long. I do hope though, that Lucius Malfoy survives the final battle and emerges suitably chastened!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Don't change the ending, PLEASE!!!! ahahaha! the WIG... again))) he has really attached to it!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: Hes a great actor and is perfect for the role, i hope they don't kill him, becuase that goes away from the book a little too much ( you can change order and events but dont kill peoplr who lived) Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Wow! I hope they haven't changed that much of the film!!! Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: hes one of my favs now im really intrested to find out what happensAvatar Imagealicia00 says: ohAvatar ImageGinnyPotter811 says: I hope they haven't killed him. Why do they have to change something that Jo wrote?Avatar Imagecghambright says: This has been on Mugglenet forever, but I think they might kill Lucius. They can honestly get away with it. Too many good characters die in DH, but not enough bad. The only thing Lucius has left to live for is his family (which is enough), because he's lost his wand, his house, and his dignity. I think he might off himself in the film. Avatar Imagegingerr_kat says: I wonder how exactly the ending story is going to play out compared to the books.Avatar Imageegdillon28 says: Hmmmmm, interesting!Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: That is so cool!!! I'm glad he likes the role and that he puts in his best effort towards it!!! Hope the great work shows in HP & DH!!!! =)Avatar Imagehermione06 says: it makes me wonder, "how does it end?" if he finished so early will we see the family sitting in the Great Hall at the end of the battle?!?! or in the forest before the final battle scenes?!?!?!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I love Jason Issacs! It would be interesting to know what happend to Lucius asn Narcissa after the great hall but I DO NOT what him killed! I never thought out that before and now that I have I dont like it.Avatar Imagesidnandragin says: It is amazing to me how they continue to "write" their own versions of the story. Like I said before, I look forward to the television redo. Saw GREEN ZONE, wow! His part is small but it is a good movie. Its nothing you havent been told about for sure. Jason Isaacs looks sooo hot in this movie. when he fights with Matt Damon - WOW!Avatar Imagemaxpower says: He alwasy comes off as genuinely greatful to have the job he does. He appreciates the fact that he gets to act with all these great actors and is always proud of his work. Good on you, Sir!Avatar ImageBellatrixGranger says: sounds like halfway through the film Voldemort chokes Lucius with his own hair so he doesn't have to be in malfoy manor the forest or hogwarts scene? After his wand fails voldemort maybe? It won't matter anyway the focus is on Narcissa not Lucius in DH.Avatar Imagesessionka says: God Bless Jason Isaacs!!!! Years ago (right before he was cast as Lucius), I remember reading an article about him in which he claimed to have read the first three books over a weekend. That's how into Harry Potter he was at the time. I love it when actors enjoy the experience of 'Potter'Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: How about Hagrid throws Lucius Malfoy down the stairs? Or a gang of house-elves chase him down the corridor and give him a good seeing to? Sigh. No literal representation of the books is going to happen, the clips we've seen already prove that. I thought DH1 would end with Harry, Ron, and Bellatrix-Hermione leaving shell cottage, but if Bonham Carter is right (big if) then DH1 will possibly start and end at Malfoy Manor. If you're a literalist, then the only way you are going to keep your sanity is by not reading the book for 6 months or more before the film. It's obvious Jo is happy to let the imaginations of the film-makers run riot as long as they are true to the spirit of the books. The films are best treated like the Theme Park: forget every detail of the books - and just enjoy the ride!! Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: I laughed out loud when he compared Harry Potter to Herpes. I love his interviews and am so glad we get to see him portraying Lucius again in the last film. Avatar Imageleigia says: All of the interviews that he's doing just amused me so much. I look forward to seeing/hearing more from him as the time gets closer to the first part of DH.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I wonder what that idea was?Avatar ImageRonHermione2gther says: Seriously they shouldn't kill Lucius.Period.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: It may acutally look good on screen if they change what Lucius does at the end instead of following the book. It'll be great to add a new twist!Avatar Imagekira902k says: Hahah did he really just compare Harry Potter to herpes? That's HILARIOUS. And whaat? They invented some strange ending for Lucius? Why couldn't they just keep it like the book...last view of him in the Great Hall with his family? Hopefully it'll be good. And that honestly sucks, just being done filming for the movie without realizing. xDAvatar ImageTassana Burrfoot says: I really hope they don't kill off Lucius. Like, really hope. If they do, I'll be very ticked. But, I do love Jason.Avatar ImageNobleHouseofBlack says: Oh. what I would give to meet Jason Issacs. Avatar Imagealegria35 says: ending Jason's character? wasn't his last scene in the book is he and his wife is huddled over draco being alive?.. i hope they won't change the story. that's the whole idea of having 2 movies for one book, they will get as much from the book into the less "fictional fiction"..Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I wonder what he means about the ending for Lucius? Hope it will fit with what we fans expect to see ... I think it's fantastic that he keeps joking about the wig -- that means he really loves it! He really appreciates everything about the films, and it's so cool that he is excited about working with both the kids and the adults. It's almost like he is one of the kids (enthusiastic) AND one of the adults (talented, established). Also cool that he mentioned Tom Felton, and not just the trio -- which makes sense because he plays Draco's father, but still! Great article! The opposite of herpes ... lol.Avatar ImageJoost says: I hope they give him a good death scene. THAT is what fans really want to see, not the silly caricature that Jo made of Lucius in Deathly Hallows. Him suddenly caring for his son? Please. Then again, he may end up as a professor at Hogwarts, teaching about Muggles...Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: Sounds like they are going to deviate from the book with regards to what happens to Lucius. Should be interesting.Avatar ImageCatherine says: i love the interview...but im interested to see what he came up with in the story line! i really hope they dont change anything too much!!!!!!!! Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: i love jason!! he's hilarious...i only hope that they don't mess up the movies by straying too far from the books :(Avatar Imagelurking_llama says: I think that Jason Isaacs is a great actor and I really enjoy his passion for the series (it's definitley better than Gambon and his "I just read the lines" policy). However I don't think that they are right in thinking that they should change the story all the time and decide the end for JKR's character. I really hope they don't deviate too much....Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I really, really, really love Jason. He's just fantastic.Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: "...the opposite of herpes..." LOL!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Love Jason, of all the adult actors he's always so enthusiastic about Potter, I love him! I'm intrigued to know what this change is thoughAvatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: He's the perfect Lucius Malfoy!! :-DAvatar ImageImmortal Phoenix says: Oh please say they haven't killed him off. That's just deviating from canon too much! Cutting scenes and adding scenes is one thing, but killing off extra characters or leaving some characters alive who should be dead is really just thinking you know what's appropriate for the characters more than Jo does. Jason's really great. He's one of the few people involved in these movies who's really enthusiastic about his part. Richard Griffiths is another. And Evanna Lynch. That's about it really. :(Avatar Imagemew5645 says: Cool !! I can Not wait to see that movie!!!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: jason is the best. i wonder what he came up with, for the lucius thing. i hope its not much different from the book....Avatar ImageLadyofDarkness says: "The end result and the pleasure it gives to people just goes on forever, it's kind of the opposite of herpes." hahahahaha! I love it! :D He is an awesome actor and person! But I really hope that they don't change too much from the book, I am looking forward to an accurate movie! :)Avatar ImageWizardRocker1 says: Great interview with Jason - I can't imagine anyone else portraying Lucius. I'm curious about the new/revised ending.....Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I enjoy reading his interviews. He always brings a smile. Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: Jason Isaacs! Love him! Love his interviews! He's very a funny guy and very talented actor: we could not ask for a better Malfoy! He's an awesome villain!Avatar ImageSmitch says: "The opposite of herpes?" Oh, come on. He's a grown man. He shouldn't be saying things like that to the public. I am still a fan. Lol. Avatar Imageccking says: I want the ending left completely's gotta be true to JKR in my opinion. good interview though! can't wait for this!!!Avatar ImageOwlpost Hedwig says: He is so delicious as Lucius Malfoy! Avatar ImageKC Nox says: i love jason isaacs! he is so amazing. his interviews are always so entertaining!

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