Interviews: Jason Isaacs - 1:
When he did return to the scowling world of the evil-doer, it was in
the most high profile of ways in the most high profile of films;
playing prominent Deatheater Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.
While talking about this role, Isaacs turns into what can only be
described as a big kid: "It's obscene that I get paid," he beams,
"people should complain. I've got a four-year-old, she's got a dress-up
box in her room and nothing touches Lucius Malfoy. She's got fairies
and wizards and witches and superheroes, and nothing touches it. I get
there and I say 'Can I have a cane with a wand inside it? Can I have a
cape? Do you think I could have a belt with a snake's head on it? Do
you think I can blast that wall and it blows open and I walk through
it?' It's absurd a man of my age doing that stuff. And then you get
there and realise you're doing scenes with Gary Oldman and Helena
Bonham Carter. I look at the call sheet and they're going to be there
today, I'm going to get to talk to them. Before you know it you're
having lunch and sharing HP sauce. It's fantastic."
Isaacs said that the fifth film will include a harrowing showdown
between his character and Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. "I get to
have a wand battle with Gary Oldman, possibly my favorite actor in the
universe," Isaacs said. "We get to play around like two 10-year-olds.
And with kind of unlimited sci-fi imagination. It's fun. We just go,
'Well, how about if I ... .' And anything you finish that sentence
with, they go, 'Yeah, OK. You can do that.' So it was magnificent."
The character does not appear in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,
but Isaacs said he recently had an opportunity to meet author J.K.
Rowling and appealed to her to include him in the seventh and final
book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, due this year,
possibly July. "I fell to my knees and begged," he joked. "It didn't do
any good. I'm sure she doesn't need plot ideas from me. But I made my
point. We'll see. Like everybody else, I'm holding my breath to July to
see what's in there. I just want to bust out of prison, that's all. I
don't want to stay in Azkaban most of my life.
Alec Hopkins who plays the young Snape:
Alec said: “Alan Rickman spent a couple of hours having a chat with
me about the part and obviously that was nerve wracking; there was me
as a nobody and then this famous actor.
“He’s very serious about acting but he likes to joke around. It was really nice and it surprised me - I thought a big star wou
is really nice but it’s very daunting. You don’t realise how many
people there are and if you messed up you’d be so embarrassed
ld be different but he was so nice.”
Alec spent time studying previous Harry Potter films, so he could mimic Alan Rickman’s movements and gestures.
said: “The part is pretty easy as it’s such a small scene, but because
the character has been portrayed by someone before, it’s about taking
someone’s characteristics and trying to copy them.
“I watched how he
moved, spoke and the emotions he goes through. He also gave me some
pointers about the character – how he would walk and hold himself, like
keeping a straight back.”
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