Transcribed by KAY Screenshots by Char
(British daytime chat show with husband and wife hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan)
JF: In a minute we’re talking to the wonderful Jason Isaacs, who plays the totally evil, the worst villain of all, Lucius Malfoy…but first here’s a sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
JF: Oooh I like you like that. I like that hair! (Jason laughs) That’s a wig presumably; you didn’t grow it like that.
Jason: No, I did, I grew it. I had three weeks and a lot of Baby Bio and sunshine. It was fine.
(R and J laugh)
Jason: My face is false unfortunately!
JF: I actually thought that the Kenneth Branagh part, which was Gilderoy Lockhart in the book, he’s much more foppish. I thought he’d have more hair like you.
Jason: I got there first in the hair department.
(R and J laugh)
RM: Listen mate, it’s my wig!
Jason: I put my claim in. The thing is, I’m an old school wizard and Gilderoy is trying to conquer the whole world. He’s very keen on selling books anywhere he can.
RM: It’s astonishing though, how hair totally reframes and changes someone’s face. We’ve got three pictures of you here that we did on the computer earlier.
(They show the pictures…which all look awful!)
Jason : Oh dear
RM: We’ve got you as Beckham, which is good, Ozzy Osborne, which also works
Jason: Very nice
RM: And Bobby Charlton with the comb over…not so good
Jason: Thanks very much. Yeah…can’t wait…not too far away I’m sure.
JF: You’d never read the Harry Potter books had you? You weren’t an aficionado?
Jason: No I hadn’t. I thought it was rather odd frankly that a lot of my grown up friends were suggesting children’s books for me.
RM: Yes, I did too.
Jason: And then I got offered the part so I thought I’d better see how many of these things I get to appear in and bought all the books, and I started reading, and I looked up and it was three days later and I hadn’t washed and I hadn’t eaten and I hadn’t done any chores, and they are just fantastic. They are unbelievable!
RM: The sequel to a good film in a series is the one where you know whether the rest of them are going to work or not and you just said to us off camera “It’s a cracker.” Well, really you’re just saying that because you’re in it aren’t you?
Jason: Well, it’s just unbelievable. I’ve just done four or five days of press for Japan, Korea, and West Melbourne TV and stuff, and I was very professional and said how good it was, and how exciting, and I hadn’t seen the film. And they had a special screening for me yesterday and I dragged my relatives and friends in and godchildren, and it was FANTASTIC! And what was great about it was that me and my six-year-old godson and my brother, who falls asleep in everything I’ve ever been in, we were all on the edge of our seats. We were screaming at the same time, we were laughing at the same time, and you know, it’s not often that six year olds and I have a lot in common, but I just thought it was really exciting. And it finished and I was covered in sweat (JF laughs) and it’s very, very. It’s thrilling to put it mildly.
RM: Is it dark? I mean the books slowly get darker. Is it darker than the first film?
Jason: Well it’s much scarier. The laughs are bigger and the thrills are bigger, you know, it’s a roller coaster ride from start to finish. And I know that’s the kind of thing actors normally say but I have to tell you I am rabidly enthusiastic about this film. I’m so excited to be in it and I can’t wait to see it again.
RM: Well, fair play.
JF: And the kids, the boys especially, have really shot up. We had Rupert Grint on a few weeks ago and his voice has broken, and Daniel’s voice has broken too I believe.
Jason: Daniel has a full beard now, down to his knees.
(R and J laugh)
Jason: They’re all growing up, I mean Emma’s growing up as well. Thank God, because the characters are growing up. It’s quite weird because some of the journalists have been going “You’re in trouble now, those children are growing.” Well, I tell you, they’d be in real trouble if they weren’t growing. It would be very strange. And as the books take place, each book they’re a year older.
RM: It’s sequential. That’s right.
JF: Yes, they will go up until the time they’re ready to leave school.
RM: It’s not like Dennis the Menace or Just William, where they’re frozen in time. The books progress in that way.
Jason: Well that’s one of the great things about the film because you see these characters, and not only the actors are older but obviously the characters are a bit older, and their friendships stretch back further and they’re having much bigger adventures.
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