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

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Posted by: Rosi
November 01, 2010, 12:44 PM

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.

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FIRST!!! Geez Lucius looks bad…

Posted by MJB™ on November 01, 2010, 02:10 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by 2tal - SpiritMagic174 on November 01, 2010, 02:20 PM report to moderator
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awesome interview.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on November 01, 2010, 02:56 PM report to moderator
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I don’t feel that you (Lucius) were in any way emasculated, Jason, but I’ll be happy to prove it to you. ;?

Posted by DeliaDee on November 01, 2010, 03:44 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Graymayne on November 01, 2010, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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Oh my God, Jason is soooooooo hot!!!!

Posted by cloethebelatrixlover on November 01, 2010, 03:52 PM report to moderator
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Oh my God, Jason is soooooooo hot!!!!

Posted by cloethebelatrixlover on November 01, 2010, 03:52 PM report to moderator
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Great interviews!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on November 01, 2010, 05:14 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by bella vita on November 01, 2010, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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Haha, oh my gosh, I love Jason Isaacs……… he is just hilarious. Him and his Lucius wig……

Posted by Bellatrix The Strange on November 01, 2010, 05:28 PM report to moderator
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Lucius is so convincing every time Jason is good

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on November 01, 2010, 06:42 PM report to moderator
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“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?

Posted by spelljinxcursehexcharm on November 01, 2010, 10:43 PM report to moderator
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Lucius is truly an interesting, intricate and gruesome character!

Posted by devilskinn on November 02, 2010, 03:27 AM report to moderator
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wow! The whole site is awesome! A lot of interviews… very interesting title, by the way! Love it :)

Posted by devilskinn on November 02, 2010, 03:39 AM report to moderator
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I love Jason Isaacs’ interpretation of the character. It will be very interesting to see how he plays him in DH.

Posted by honigmuffin on November 02, 2010, 06:30 AM report to moderator
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