Actor born in Liverpool, known for his performance as the Death Eater Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, the brutal Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot and as lifelong criminal Michael Caffee in the American television series Brotherhood. Though most of his work has been in film and television, it also includes stage performances; most notably as Louis Ironson in Declan Donnellan's 1992 and 1993 Royal National Theatre London premières of Parts One (Millennium Approaches) and Two (Perestroika) of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, and as Ben, one of two hitmen, playing opposite Lee Evans as Gus, in Harry Burton's 2007 critically acclaimed 50th-anniversary revival of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's 1957 two-hander The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios. He starred in the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) drama Awake as Detective Michael Britten from March to May 2012.
When Jason Isaacs went in to audition for the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," he knew exactly what role he wanted. He insisted upon portraying the anxiety-ridden character of Louis, who is somewhat based on the life of the gay Jewish playwright.
The London producers raised their eyebrows. They had a slightly larger role in mind for Isaacs, the rising British stage and screen actor. But the thespian was not interested. "Look, I play all these tough guys and thugs and strong, complex characters," he told the producers. "In real life, I am a cringing, neurotic Jewish mess. Can't I for once play that onstage?"
"I'm a terrible coward; I've been hit all the time, but I've never hit anyone," he says, his chatty tone turning serious. "So I think these extreme parts that I play offer some kind of therapy, some catharsis for me. Maybe one of the reasons I do them well-ish is because I was always the bullied, never the bully." The actor pauses, then laughs. "They are my revenge."
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Posted By: Egon3 |
1/15/13 2:56 PM
He is a marvelous actor because his characters always make my blood boil.I never knew that he was opposite in real life and wished he didnt have to play the bad guy.Seems like a very pleasant man
Posted By: BINGO |
1/16/13 3:07 PM
At least he finds comfort as an adult and im sure it has made him stronger too