LA Times’ HeroComplex Blog Interviews Jason Isaacs and Prop Master Barry Wilkinson

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Nov 01, 2010

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The newest installments in the LA Times HeroComplex Blog’s countdown to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ include an interview with Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and the films’ Prop Master, Barry Wilkinson.

Wilkinson — who worked as prop master for all eight “Harry Potter” films and in 2008 received the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema — states that over 500 wands were manufactured for the two-part finale alone, with everyone possessing their own individual “continuity wand, even down to the Death Eaters” and a number of duplicates:

[B]ack-up wands for main characters, rubber wands for stunt work, “fast-cast” wands for background shots and more generic wands for crowd scenes. Factor in the previous films and Ollivander’s Wand Shop, which was fully stocked, and the wand count easily reaches the thousands.

Wilkinson describes the task of packing everything away at the end of the 10 years on the films as “huge,” explaining, “At the moment, we’ve got 104 containers full of props and set dressings, which have now got to be lifted and archived and accounted for.” You can read more from this interview here on the HeroComplex Blog.

In the second interview with the actor behind Lucius Malfoy, Jason Isaacs is asked about the parts of the Harry Potter films to which he “can’t bear to say goodbye.” The actor responds:

Most sets are places with a throbbing undertone of fear that everyone’s taken the wrong job in the wrong thing. That no one’s going to watch the film, no one’s going to like the story, no one’s going to work again. Actors generally can float above that stuff, but there’s something very different going on with “Harry Potter.” You know you’re making a story that you love taking part in and that you know people will obsess over. It’s the difference between throwing a party and wondering if anyone’s going to come and having the party people are having to wait to get into.

As he has in previous interviews, Isaacs additionally cites being a member of the cast alongside actors such as “Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton and on and on” as part of the privilege of working on the series.

Isaacs also commented on the progression of Lucius’ character through the book series in contrast with his expectations for the character’s fate:

I was hoping [Lucius would] get his comeuppance at some stage. But I didn’t imagine I’d be so publicly deflated and humiliated. Lucius thought he’d stand by Voldemort’s side and fall with him. Instead I’ve been completely emasculated by him and rejected by everybody, and as an actor it’s a tremendously juicy thing to do, not play the same part time after time.

You can read the full interview, which includes talk of the wig and Isaacs’ self-described “slightly sniffy” initial attitude about the Harry Potter series here on the HeroComplex blog.





17 Responses to LA Times’ HeroComplex Blog Interviews Jason Isaacs and Prop Master Barry Wilkinson

Avatar ImageMJBDE15 says: FIRST!!! Geez Lucius looks bad...Avatar Image2tal says: If ever I was able to work on a film the behind the scenes work creating props or working on sets is where I'd love to be!Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: awesome interview.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I don't feel that you (Lucius) were in any way emasculated, Jason, but I'll be happy to prove it to you. ;?Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Jo need never feel guilty about her wealth because so much work has been made available for other people as a result of the popularity of her books. I have really enjoyed Jason's style as Lucius Malfoy and I will enjoy his loss of status in Deathly Hallows.Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Oh my God, Jason is soooooooo hot!!!!Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Oh my God, Jason is soooooooo hot!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Great interviews!Avatar Imagebella vita says: God the prop master talking about packing everything up brings tears to my eyes! I'm completely horrified by the thought of Leavesden being almost empty and free of Harry Potter everywhere! Its just all so sad! Well said Graymayne! I agree she may be wealthy, but like you said as a result of her own success thousands of other people have had steady well paying jobs for the last 10 years thanks to her and these films. Finding consistent work like this is unheard of in the film industry.Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: Haha, oh my gosh, I love Jason Isaacs......... he is just hilarious. Him and his Lucius wig...... Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: Lucius is so convincing every time Jason is goodAvatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: "Several" different wigs? Isn't that a bit frivolous, even for the movies? And why did J.K.R. have him use a cane? What is that supposed to imply?Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: Lucius is truly an interesting, intricate and gruesome character!Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: wow! The whole site is awesome! A lot of interviews... very interesting title, by the way! Love it :)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Good interviewAvatar Imagehonigmuffin says: I love Jason Isaacs' interpretation of the character. It will be very interesting to see how he plays him in DH.Avatar ImageMahin says: Aha! Lucius! One of my favourite characters... :)

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