At today’s press junket for Green Zone, I was able to speak with Jason Isaacs as part of a roundtable interview. While I’ll post the full conversation in the coming weeks, since we got an update on another small project he’s involved with called Harry Potter, I figured you’d like to read that tonight.
As most of you know, the last book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has been made into two movies and they wrapped filming not too long ago. With a release date later this year for part 1 (November 19) and part 2 next year (July 15, 2011), the production is hard at work finishing up the films.
Anyway, Isaacs – who plays Lucius Malfoy – talked to us about his experiences making the last two films, is his character involved in the new Universal Studios ride, and talked about the big ending battle sequence in the final film. Hit the jump to read his comments:
Collider: You’re in another rather large franchise.
Jason Isaacs: Not anymore. Don’t make me cry.
Collider: You wrapped on that recently. Could you talk about your experiences on the last two films?
Jason Isaacs: Well, it’s very sad for me. I was already nostalgic for the history of Harry Potter while I was still making it and I knew the end was coming. It was two film…they made the last book into two films and it was a fantastic experience because everybody’s back…everyone who is left alive that is…and even some of the dead people. There is nothing greater than sitting around on a Harry Potter set when you’re not filming and listening to the likes of Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent tell stories. And watching everybody crew the scenery up in the few moments you get on screen – trying to out ham each other is magnificent. This big franchise goes out in an epic way. But I was always cognisant of the fact that I’d have to pack up my little furry friend of a wig and stick it in a box and say goodbye to the cane. All the joy was tinged with sadness for me.
Question: Did they use you for the theme park or any of the attractions?
Jason Isaacs: Do you really want to go on a Lucius Malfoy ride? The carriages would fly off or something.
Collider: They obviously shot the movie over eight or nine months…
Jason Isaacs: Much longer. Fifteen. Sixteen months.
Collider: A lot of fans have been looking forward to that ending sequence of the second movie…for that huge battle. Can you talk about filming that sequence and what do you think fans are going to take away from it?
Jason Isaacs: I think over the years that they’ve been adapting these incredibly popular and successful books, they’ve increasingly become more and more confident in their ability to make great cinema experiences out of it and where they need to change the book or the central thrust of the story, they do it now with, I think, real aplomb and with Jo Rowling’s blessing. And I think the end of the films will be a fantastically cinematic and visual feast. It will more than satisfy the readers of the books…but you won’t get is the book on screen. You’ll get something more and different. Everybody is very savvy to the notion that this is a much-loved franchise and this will be the end of an eighth film, and it needs to have weight and substance and you need to feel drained by the end of it. It’s a ten-year roller coaster ride, not a two-hour roller coaster ride, and we all know it and we all felt it, and it was in the air while we were shooting it.
Question: Have you seen any of the film?
Jason Isaacs: Nothing. I’ve seen playback on the monitor.