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Jason Isaacs Appreciation

post #1 of 26
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I'm watching the Golden Globe nominated "The State Within" on DVD right now, and it's making me think that this guy should have Alan Rickman's career. There's no need for him to be pigeonholed in villain roles, especially in the US -- in this, he's an enormously sympathetic actor and he's got charisma out the ass. (I think it has to do with his ice blue "I will fuck you up" eyes.)

Like most people, I first became aware of Isaacs in his controversial role in "The Patriot." When I was sixteen, I thought that the movie -- and Isaacs -- were awesome, now, not so much for the former. (John Williams' score is still amazing though.) However, I always remember Isaacs as being really fucking evil (I still get a kick out of the way he says "Tell me about...Ohio") but managing to keep it from being too over the top.

Of course, Isaacs' most famous role is as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, and like the best cast-parts in that series, it's hard to see anyone else in that role. Even though he's had the most signifigant screen time in "Chamber of Secrets" (where he was the best thing in it) and "Order of the Phoenix", I'm looking forward to seeing the character return for the adaptation of the final novel. I hope that they keep in all the stuff about the Malfoys falling from grace; it could be some great material for the actor.

Finally, "The State Within" is worth a look for a couple of reasons: First, because it's a British conspiracy thriller set in America about the American government, so you get to see how the Brits portray the current US mindset when it comes to the war on terrar -- payback for Mel Gibson? Second, it's actually a thriller that engages and you forgive the plotholes that begin to appear around the fourth episode. It moves at a quick pace and juggles multiple storylines, and the whole thing is anchored by Isaacs as the British Ambassador to the U.S. If I were pitching this thing, I'd say it's "The Constant Gardner meets the remake of the Manchurian Candidate," and Isaacs does a great job of playing the Ralph Fiennes role -- a distant man who finds himself becoming involved in a cause. Plus, it's British television, so there's cursing, violence and boobs.

Also, Isaccs was in the London production of "Angels in America."
post #2 of 26
Isaacs was the best thing about the remarkable "Peter Pan" that came out a couple of years ago. We see a different side of him in "Nine Lives," where he delivers a performance that should have alerted Hollywood casting agents to put him in a romantic comedy ASAP.

I agree: he's a terrific actor.
post #3 of 26
From his IMDb page:

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"Look, I play all these tough guys and thugs and strong, complex characters. In real life, I am a cringing, neurotic Jewish mess. Can't I for once play that on stage?" -to the producers of the stage version of "Angels in America" while auditioning for the part of "Louis".
I love the fact that he's a "cringing, neurotic Jewish mess." Makes me like him twice as much.
post #4 of 26
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I forgot completely about "Brotherhood," a show that I've wanted to see for a while but never really caught up on. To the Netflix! Also, haha, yes, I would kill people to see Isaacs as Louis in Angels.
post #5 of 26
He's pretty much the smartest guy on the planet. So ol' Billy Bob tells me.
post #6 of 26
BlackHawk Down is my 4th favorite war film after John Woo's Windtalkers, The Guns Of Naverone, and We Were Soldiers. Jason Issacs is one of my favorite actors. He has earned the mantle of best villain in film.
post #7 of 26
Jesus Christ, duke. Windtalkers?
But yeah, he's excellent in Brotherhood. His part was a bit more vulnerable in the second season, and he got to show a bit more of his range. Bh is Showtime's own mix of Sopranos and Wire, and even if it never reaches the heights any of those shows do, it's at least ambitious enough to try it. Well worth a watch.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by duke fleed
BlackHawk Down is my 4th favorite war film after John Woo's Windtalkers, The Guns Of Naverone, and We Were Soldiers.
That is, until GI JOE hits the big screen.
post #9 of 26
I sometimes wish Rowling would write a Malfoy Family spin off series of books so we could get are first Issascs as the lead movie, although I guess you could argue Peter Pan was that.

He definitely needs to seek out more interesting work. The only real problem is he didn't break out until later in his life so he cant compete with the body of work like Oldman or Rickman has.

I just wish they gave the Ministry battle in OotP more breathing room, cause with Oldman, Issacs, Thewlis, and Fiennes all in the same scene they could of afforded at least 12 min more time especially considering how much they pay them.
post #10 of 26
Isaacs is always good, even in bad movies. Always. Isn't he in every Paul WS Anderson movie?

I worked with a guy for years who was actually at the Black Hawk Down incident and he told me Isaacs positively nailed Cap. Steele. He wouldn't believe me when I told him the guy was a Brit.
post #11 of 26
Darkmite 8, G.I. Joe will be my favorite war film, not based on a real war. For those that don't know Windtalkers is a WWII film, We Were Soldiers is set in Vietnam, and Blackhawk Down was set in Somalia.
post #12 of 26
I love Jason Isaacs. His Malfoy just oozes sex.
post #13 of 26
Thirteen posts in and no mention of Don't?
post #14 of 26
I'm not gay or anything, but Isaacs was fucking hot in "Friends With Money".
post #15 of 26
Hell...yes! This man needs to be everywhere. At once. At all times. Looking at you with his icy blue eyes of death. Until you break down and cry. Like a little girl.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by duke fleed
For those that don't know Windtalkers is a WWII film
Not to derail the awesomeness that is Jason Issacs, but come the fuck on, duke. Of all the different WWII movies out there, not to mention "Band of Brothers", you chose Windtalkers? That film took a very interesting concept and skull-fucked it to shreds.
post #17 of 26
He kind of was a cringing neurotic mess in the classic Soldier. His Cpt. Hook is still my favourite part of his though, I think.
post #18 of 26
Ah, Soldier. I had nearly forgotten he was in that. I'm sure he feels the same way.

Like Rath, my first Issacs encounter was in The Patriot. I was like, "Who the fuck is this blue-eyed cocksucker?!" Much like Rickman as Snape, Issacs as Lucious Malfoy is absolutely perfect casting.
post #19 of 26
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Isaacs is always good, even in bad movies. Always. Isn't he in every Paul WS Anderson movie?
Yeah, he's the only one that makes it out of Event Horizon with their dignity still intact.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
SPOILERS FOR THE STATE WITHIN:

In what is an almost perfect ending, this miniseries ends with Jason Isaacs using his Ice Blue Eyes of Death to stare down the Secretary of Defense.
post #21 of 26
Great actor, he was totally brilliant as a violent thug in the one-off
'docudrama' scars. He gave a totally chilling performance.
post #22 of 26
Warning: name-dropping ahead!

It was one of the great pleasures of my journalism career (such as it is) to interview Isaacs about his Malfoy role when he was in Australia making PETER PAN.

Charming bastard had me eating out of his hand with his tales of hamming it up on the CHAMBER OF SECRETS set with Kenneth Branagh, impressing Daniel Radcliffe with his snooty Lucius voice ("Are you going to speak like that?" said Radcliffe. "That's brilliant!") and making it as an actor despite the lack of encouragement from a drama school professor ("You really are the most terrible cunt," Isaacs recalled the professor saying in a hilariously effete tone).

He's a fuckin' winner, this guy. His work on BROTHERHOOD is just superb, and if you can find Stephen Norrington's little-seen THE LAST MINUTE you'll find another great Isaacs performance (even if the movie itself makes REVOLVER seem clear and coherent).

And you're bang-on, Shaver - seeing him as a tweedy academic type approaching the DON'T house of doom made want to sell several organs and give the cash to Edgar Wright so we'd get a feature-length version yesterday.
post #23 of 26
Isaacs' career is not something I can ever understand. He has the looks, the acting ability and the intelligence for so much more.

For example as much as I love Craig as Bond, I still think that Isaacs would have been exceptional. Maybe even better than Craig.
post #24 of 26
Great thread, this guy needs more appreciation.

Great villain in "The Patriot". If you can't enjoy that performance, you're wound way too tight.

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, when Brosnan was first floating the idea that he might not return for DAD, I really wanted to see him cast as 007 to sort of bring back that Timothy Dalton vibe. He was already close to too old though, and now he's beyond it, but at the time I was really digging the idea.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mattimus
Ah, Soldier. I had nearly forgotten he was in that. I'm sure he feels the same way.
I don't know, he's actually the only cast member on the commentary for SOLDIER. Not one of the proudest facts I'm aware of but it's a fact just the same. He's an entertaining asshole in that flick.

"Brotherhood" is really the best work I've seen from him. Isaacs was pretty much the only reason I stuck with the show through the first season. Thankfully the second season did a much better job fleshing out the rest of the cast. Good show.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti
I don't know, he's actually the only cast member on the commentary for SOLDIER. Not one of the proudest facts I'm aware of but it's a fact just the same.
Actually, iirc he's pretty funny in that commentary.
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