Dec. 30, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
yeah i think he's a great actor. ironically, it was his double portrayal in Peter Pan that got my attention.<P> to think there was a time when i thought he was just a more talented, better looking Julian Sands clone...pfft.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST
yeah pretty sure he was considered for timothy dalton's role, eh? the casting agent was looking for a 'timothy dalton type' only no one realized dalton wasn't doing anything else. sorry isaacs, dalton's gotta eat
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST
unlike most of you guys, i was first and second and didn't even give a crap. until now.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
The more interviews like this on the site, the better. Lots of detail on many parts of Jason Isaacs' career - everyone sounds like they're having fun during the interview as well. <p> I guess time constraints usually stop people from being able to talk to each journalist as much as this, which is a shame as the benefits with the interesting subjects are obvious.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST
Great actor and seems a thoroughly nice guy.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
It's a greater test of skill if you actually read the article first at normal speed and then try and write a relevant paragraph about the article first. If you happen to then have the first post, you've really earned it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
by Darth Busey
Good interview with a very good actor. Jason, you play a fantastic asshole. Keep up the good work.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
Thanks for all the great work, especially on Brotherhood.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
...I seriously love his hair in the Harry Potter movies (yes, I know, this sounds gay, but so what? Grow up, it's almost 2009. :D ). The point is: My hair really looks like that in terms of length and thickness (10 years without a real haircut, baby!) and I pray to Satan every day to make my hair grey, because I think it looks so fucking cool. Yes, I know, I could bleach it, but after 10 years with this hair you would be protective too.<br> Uhm...yeah, this post was pointless.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST
When people lament that they live in a time where every movie seems to feature largely interchangeable boy-men like Shia LaBeouf, Emile Hirsch, Tobey Maguire or Jake Gyllenhaal -- all fine actors, just pretty and slight -- they forget that they also live in a time of severely underrated actors like Jason Isaacs and Stanley Tucci and Don Cheadle and numerous others who make nearly every film a little better (and often a lot better) just by being in them. Isaacs is one of those great actors like J.T. Walsh or Raul Julia who won't be missed until we don't have him anymore.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST
ha ha ha! no he's probably rickey henderson. but you know what, there are alot of british tyuping a-holes here, aren't there?
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST
by Comfortably Spit a Rat
...head of research, pretty much the smartest man on the planet, you might wanna listen to him." Isaacs stole pretty much every scene he was in...Not easy, considering who he was up against
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST
And he's a scouser, sound, if your here Jay, well done laaa, and AvP and Death Race are decent films, there I said it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST
by sean bean
[leaves a second of silence for Jason to say hello back]
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST
Greengrass could shoot a trip to the supermarket and it would be amazing.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
I don't know how many of you guys follow Brotherhood, but his performance in season 3 was absolutely astounding. I forgot I was watching Jason Isaacs! He was uitterly immersed in the part. I hope he gets a Best Actor Emmy nomination because he deserves it. I'm really sad to hear that the show has ended. It was truly excellent, largely in part to Isaacs. Great interview Capone. Thanks.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
and you're a decent human being with your head on straight. you'll know you've arrived when Danny Glover's Dickblood says something awesome about you. Pity you didn't say more about Green Zone, though. Cannot fucking wait.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST
he was the best part of electra unfortunatly he got killed 5 minutes in. Hopefully they let him wizard duel in the deathly hollows finale.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST
by Nosferatu Jones
Very classy and very funny. GREAT stuff, Capone!<p>But Paul W.S. Anderson still sucks! HA!!!
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST
by Conqueror Worm
Damn, I've just got into Brotherhood, needed a fix after The Wire finished, and I'm loving the show, just heard its been cancelled after its 3rd season. Gutted.</p> And Season One has not even been released on DVD in Great Britain yet! Although Virgin On-Demand are showing the first few episodes, I just came across them the other week.</p> Jason is the best thing about that show, and thats saying something - because everyone is great in it, even the music is great, they played Radiohead over a closing WIRE-style montage for one of the episodes and I forgot I was watching television!</p>
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Write "love" on a sack, beat that fucker and put him into a sack, throw the sack into a river and hurl the river into space.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST
'various members of Fairport Convention' and a token woman. Motoko, big laff for your 'hurl the river into space' idea
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST
What a great guy!
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST
As success is the opposite to fail isn't it?
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST
by spud mcspud
Back before they basically conned Daniel Craig into thinking Bond would now be a well-written and more human role - and then put him in a Bourne movie starring James Bond - the next logical step for Bond should have been Jason Isaacs. Halfway between Dalton's Bond and Brosnan's Bond, and he'd have been fucking perfect. Hell, he's practically Bond in THE TUXEDO!<P> From EVENT HORIZON to SOLDIER, from the HARRY POTTERs to BLACK HAWK DOWN, when I see Jason Isaacs' name on the credits I know there will be one fantastic performance in the movie I'm about to watch... and it will be his.<P> Jason, you are a legend. Keep doing what you do - you're damned good at it!
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST
by spud mcspud
What, you didn't like MORTAL KOMBAT? How can you NOT like MORTAL KOMBAT?<P> Flawless victory. Anderson wins.
Dec. 30, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
My wife is a huge Jason Isaacs fan and she just hunted down "The State Within" this past week because of him. She bought The Brotherhood on Unbox and I may end up watching it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST
Yet it isn't available on goddamned dvd! One of my favourite actors today, and this interview just further cements it. You US talkbackers, try & hunt down Civvies, you won't regret it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
Think for yourself and don't let AICN decide your opinion of a movie before you ever see it. The only reason Anderson is one of the most despised directors today is because of AICN hating on him, which inspired other Internet writers to share links to their hate, which inspired the whole of the Internet to be a flock of sheep. If you watched any one of his movies without knowing he made it, would you still hate it? Highly unlikely.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST
because of this interview. <P> thankyou capone and mr Isaacs for this interview.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST
by Twisted Knacker
After reading this class interview I was just going to recommend Civvies. First time I'd seen him and was immediately impressed. Also his portrayal as Harry H Corbett in 'The Curse of Steptoe' recently deserves a mention too. Great performance.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST
by Conqueror Worm
Men loving Men is only cool when it's Sir Cliff Richard.</p> It mentions in the interview that Jason Isaacs friends like to login and say stuff about him, maybe thats whats going on on this TalkBack. </p> I like Jason an that, but people are proper going for it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST
by Sir Loin
Let's face it, he can make even the smallest role memorable. And it's impossible to think of anyone else playing Tavington or Malfoy. It's also awesome that he goes back to the BBS days and spends time with us here. Thanks for the great interview!
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST
He is a genuinely nice guy, a pleasure to chat with. And a hell of an actor. I've met Paul W.S. Anderson, too, watched him on set, and Isaacs is right about him. Anderson is passionate about his work, cheerful and warm as a director. He's a really nice guy.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST
by Dark Knight Lite
One of the few horror movies that was worth a fuck in the '90's.
Dec. 30, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
OK so we've got sourpuss Craig as Bond, can the producers get Mr. Isaacs cast as a double-o in the next installment? Even as a small role, he would definately rock.<p>Kudos to Capone for a fine, fine interview.<p>BTW, child abuse = future superstar?? Who knew that shit about Jackie Chan? Whew!!
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST
I'm sure PWS is a swell guy, and a positive, cheerful force on set. And you do get his sense of love of genre in his efforts. But like a child with ADD, it seems like he's, wouldn't it be cool if we did this, and then this, and this...and so on.
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST
a good book.. though it reads like a movie.. there might be some embellishments but its amazing. he and sammo were 'brothers' at the school!
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST
What a severely underrated film. And Isaacs is the difference. It would've been a good film without him. It is a great film with him.
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST
Okay, so I know it wasn't great by a long shot, but for some reason I saw this twice in the theater. It's remarkable cheese and simply one of the loudest films ever. Every time Kurt Russell or Jason Lee land a punch, it's like a bomb going off. And just for laughs, watch the "war walking" montage in the beginning. Flippin' brilliant!
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST
I agree. His Hook is outstanding. It's so easy to overplay the role and he is really right where the character needs to be to make him a really nasty piece of work.
Dec. 30, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST
One of my favorite shows out there and his portrayal of Michael ranks up there as one of the best. He is so authentic in that role you don't realize he's an actor and you think he's got to be up in Providence right now getting into some shit with Nazzoli.
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST
You know, they say that David Fincher and James Cameron are assholes. Personally, I'd much rather see a movie by an asshole named James Cameron than a movie by a nice guy named Paul WS Anderson
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST
...in Germany? The Video release was longer, but is still not uncut.<br> And to make it worse: The German title of it is "Star Force Soldier".
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST
agreed it's a good book and yeah his entire love life was embelished I think. Lots of skeletons he just didn't talk about. I love jackie but his book definietly glosses over his modern personal life. Which is fine, it's his right. Also check out his documentary "jackie chan: my stunts" half best of compilatioon half exploration of how jackie runs his stunt crew. Most fo teh guys featured as his stunt team are now the main guys in fight choreography. The lone white australian dude you see often did the fights for hellboy 2(he played the villan in gorgeous and was usually featured in jackie's climatic fights).
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST
I never said I had any love for Anderson's movies. I just said that I found him to be a nice person with an inspired work ethic.
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST
...last night on cable as I went to sleepy land. Checked AICN today and here's an interview with Jason Isaacs. Love it when that kind of thing happens. Big fan of 'The Patriot', but I'm a HUGE fan of 'Event Horizon'. I know it sometimes gets hate here, but what doesn't?! I took three groups of people to see EH in the theater. <br><br> To Mr. Isaacs directly, thank you for your portrayal of Lucius Malfoy. Thank you for getting it right. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job, even when you may not have the largest part in each film. And thank you for expressing joy in the "real world" about having the opportunity to do so. I won't explain the happiness this brings to the people who've read each book multiple times, because clearly you already understand it. Just, ya know, thank you. And I too hope they don't cut any of your parts from films 7 and 8 (and of course wish they'd do 10, as well).
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST
For the good work you've done lately. It's actually brought me back to checking the site daily.
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST
<P> And since he reads the site, I know he'll read this. Mr. Issacs, thanks for all the great roles. <P> How come you aren't putting yourself in the running for "Doctor Who", though? Don't wait. Go get it!
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Horace Cox
I remember watching THE PATRIOT and scanning the credits to find the name of the asshole who played Tavington - because surely he had to be a prick in real life to portray such a magnificent bastard. Subsequently as I have seen Mr. Isaacs in films, I still recall my initial exposure and reaction to his work, and marvel at his range and the skill with which he practices his craft.<p> Looking forward very much to GOOD, so keep up the good work and thanks for taking the time to come slumming with us AICN'ers Jason!
Dec. 30, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST
i wanted him to die a terrible death and i got my wish when Mel stuck his bayonet through his throat. Great acting from Mr. Isaacs. He would make one hell of Lex Luthor, or Brainiac
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST
Mr. Isaacs, you're a great actor. I've enjoyed you in every single movie I've seen with you so far. Coincidentally I saw "Soldier" a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't bad at all, I enjoyed it.
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST
by lex romero
Covered such a range of stuff, and Isaacs seems to be not only a genuinely down to earth nice guy, but one who is incredibly passionate about what he does and enjoys every minute of it. <br><br> It's great to hear an actor being able to flip between talking about how he loves really getting deep into roles and doing research, and then the next talk about how lucky he is to spend a year living in australia or kick back with gary oldman on a film set. <br><br>More actors like this please.
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST
Just wanted to chime in as one of the legion of adoring fans and say thanks for the great, candid interview. And good for you for standing up for your buddy, Paul Anderson. This little article may just spawn a revisionist view of his work. Its already happening above. I smell a "Temple of Doom" style re-appreciation coming on and it all started here. And it all started because we like and, more importantly, respect you and your work. I'll be trying to check out "Brotherhood" as soon as I can and I can't wait to see "Good".
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST
LOL about your hair. That's some funny posting, pal. I hope Satan hears and answers your prayers. N'Amen.
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST
I had to make a dummy of him to go in those stasis tubes and he came over on the set to have a look. He was really enthusiastic about it and loved the detail although, he told me, his legs were hairier than I had made them and to illustrate this he dropped his pants right there and then. I couldn't help but admire that level of commitment. Really nice guy.
Dec. 30, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST
by Conqueror Worm
Looking forward to Good.</p> I'm liking this pro-German anti-Nazi approach to film-making recently, what with Downfall and Valkyrie, and now with Good. </p> Perhaps we'll finally get to see a CALL OF DUTY where you can play as a German during blitz-krieg, that would be cool.</p> "Ze British are koming!"
Dec. 30, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST
This guy has a versatile acting range from Harry Potter to Brotherhood.Evil did a cameo appearance in Resident Evil as Dr. Willliam Birkin (During the last 7 minutes of the film.) and would have liked to see him in the sequel but I guess he was smart enough to opt out since the consensous for RE was lackluster.<p>If he would bulk up a bit, Issacs would have made for a great Frank Castle, but that wasnt the case.Great actor and no doubt I will check out Greenzone.
Dec. 30, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST
next to rickman, he plays the best bad guys...because he loves the characters he plays, and puts a bit of humor in each <p> the patriot wouldve sucked without him...brotherhood is nowhere without his character...and i want to see malfoy kick the living shit out of harry
Dec. 30, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Mr. Zeddemore
I've never seen so many people react so positively to an article here. <p> Isaacs is like Cheadle for me, even when they're in a showy role they play it so subtly that sometimes they get overlooked... but the two of them are just that good at disappearing into their characters. Take Malfoy for instance... Isaacs doesn't once ham it up, he plays the character's despicableness subtly.
Dec. 30, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST
Can't think of any one else who could have ever played that character now; he ownes that role. And the wig looks *guh,drool,woof* on him. Was a good interview, Cap. I like when they go on and don't stick to a script too.
Dec. 30, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST
The way you wrote that made me think it definately isn't coming back. Does anyone know the status of the show, whether it will be back for a fourth season or not?
Dec. 30, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
I already knew the man is a class act in real life too, having watched some long interviews with him on the 2-disc SE of Event Horizon (Go, get it !). Mr. Isaacs played my no.1 all-time favourite bad guy in the Patriot. Mr. Isaacs, if you're reading, keep doing what you do so well, because as you will have found out by now, we think you totally rule as an actor. Cheers !
Dec. 30, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST
Jason Isaacs seems like a ridiculously nice guy.
Dec. 30, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Great interview. And now we know he comes to the site.. Good stuff.
Dec. 30, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
Isaacs is pretty great. I have family in New Bedford, MA, where he shot a little indie movie with Emmy Rossum and Seymour Cassel a few years back. My cousin said he was a class act all around. I guess he likes hanging out in southeast New England, having shot Brotherhood in Providence. Anyway, Tavington in The Patriot is one of the all time screen villains. Good to see that he continues to get work in challenging, quality productions.
Dec. 30, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST
1)Stallone Q&A before "Rocky Balboa" came out. 2)Jason Issacs 3)Bruce Willis before "Live Free or Die Hard" (Remember how no of us believed it was really Willis until he got Black Box privilges?
Dec. 30, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
How fucking novel!
Dec. 30, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST
Jason Isaac is the second coming. In 2012 Obama will lose the Presidency to one of Jason Isaacs' stool. Jason Isaac fucked my mom once and she said it was the best she ever had. In 2015 Isaac having finished his metamorphosis to an enlightened state of being, will fart and accidently destroy the East Coast of America ushering in the new Ice Age...... or something like that.
Dec. 31, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST
just overall well done, and now even a bigger fan of Issacs, and I didn't think that was possible
Dec. 31, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST
Demon Dave and the Core's scientific advisor
Dec. 31, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST
He's brilliant playing characters you love to hate, the Patriot and Black Hawk Down being the two big ones for me and I really can't wait for Green Zone and I'm very curious about Good. But the only time I've ever seen such unanimous ball washing on this site is.... well... pretty much every time someone brings up Joseph Gordon-Levitt, great now I've gone and done it. Well at least this time I understand the adoration.
Dec. 31, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST
As a Rhode Islander for some reason it was just weird watching that show when it was practically filmed in my back yard. But now that its over and gotten such great reviews I'll have to get into it. Would love to have heard his thoughts on his time in my hometown and his thoughts on the show. Much rather read about Brotherhood, BHD, and Green Zone than Paul WS Anderson, because lets face it love him or hate him hes pretty irrelevant in the overall scheme of things.
Dec. 31, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST
The Last Minute. I really love that film.
Dec. 31, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST
I can't get that show out of my head now! Funny how there's always a few folk who don't like it when talkbackers are positive. By the way, Event Horizon kicks all kinds of ass! SEAN PERTWEE FOR THE DOCTOR! You know it makes sense.
Dec. 31, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST
by slappy jones
name slips my mind right now but he is good in it....friends with money??
Dec. 31, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST
Good work again Capone, and big hats off to Jason Isaacs for being such a thoroughly decent chap. He's got a reputation in the industry for being a lovely fellow, and it seems well-deserved. Plus it's nice to know that he checks into AICN daily (the great What Is Isaacs' Login Debate may now officially begin) as well as him being a regular listener to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's movie reviews on Radio 5 Live in the UK (he gets weekly shout-outs, as does David Morrisey). A top geezer.
Dec. 31, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST
...Was Mr. Isaacs in a ham contest with Mel Gibson. Evidently, he was the only who knew he was overacting in a crappy movie.
Dec. 31, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST
by Tom Cullen
Definitely one of those character actors who always gives 100% to any role he takes on, so you know that if you see his name in the credits then regardless of the quality, or lack thereof, of the film in question, there will be at least one thing worth watching. And reading this he comes across like a really cool and down to earth guy too. <p>It's a shame there wasn't really any Brotherhood talk though, he was an absolute powerhouse on that show, and the fact that he never even got a globes or emmy nomination in his three years on that show is an absolute crime. His performance on that show is probably my favourite of anything that I've seen him do, just amazing work. <p>That reminds me, I still need to watch The State Within, I've been meaning to get to that for a while now...
Dec. 31, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST
by Tom Cullen
Yep, Brotherhood is done, very sad to say. But at least the way season 3 ended gave the show some sense of closure. <p>Now, of course, Showtime could change their minds and bring it back, but the chances of that happening are about as likely as HBO making those promised Deadwood movies, if not less. And this (abreviated) season was so damn good too...
Dec. 31, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST
For Empire magazine back in February elicited the following response: http://tinyurl.com/9dw6x4 Manlove notwithstanding, Mr Isaacs is awesome.
Dec. 31, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST
by Bumpasses Dawg
Great interview. Really illuminating as to what a great guy he is.
Dec. 31, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
Just came back from the mall to pick up some lighters, browsed the small DVD bargain section, saw Peter Pan, took it out, paid for it. Now Mr. Isaacs, this is the movie that´s gonna be watched on the last evening of the year with my family. Hope you´re good in it, otherwise I´m gonna take back all the nice words that I wrote about you earlier, and send you a bill for 5 bucks and change in the first week of the new year. Haha. Hope all of you have a really nice year ahead of you, cheers.
Dec. 31, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST
thanks for not mentioning Brotherhood in your interview at all. Seriously, you could have asked what he thought about the series/season finale or something. No you ask him about some shitty Entourage episode instead.
Jan. 1, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST
It isn't because he makes the type of films he does. At least not films like Event Horizon. It's films such as Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator that causes us this grief. <br><br> If he writes his own film and we don't like it then fair enough. There won't be any venom in that, we'll just think "ok, not my taste" and move on. <br><br> However when he takes much loved franchises such as Resident Evil, Aliens and Predator and writes his own thing, we're going to be a little pissed off. <br><br> His Resident Evil was nothing like the original game at all and he probably killed off the much loved Alien franchise for good. It has gone from a classic series of intelligent science fiction to something more along the lines of Freddy Vs Jason. <br><br> If Anderson wants to be liked a little more here all he has to do is do his own thing. However killing off a classic franchise such as Alien will never go down well with a community of movie nerds.
Jan. 1, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST
The campaign starts here. To whoever also suggested Issacs = Who - this is a thoroughly acceptable compromise.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST
...that being so damn good at playing the villain has actually tainted peoples' opinion of Jason Isaacs? People hated Tavington soo much that they can't see past it to the actor underneath. Now that is mad skillz.