We know and love him as the chilling Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but little did we know Jason Isaacs was reluctant to take the role as he had originally auditioned for the role of none other than Gilderoy Lockhart! He told Digital Spy:
I didn’t audition for Lucius, I auditioned for Gilderoy Lockhart. I was mightily pissed off when they asked me would I mind reading for a different part. I was about to go play Captain Hook [in Peter Pan] and didn’t want to do two children’s villains. I went back in and read then went home. I said to my agent, ‘When they call, tell them no, thank you very much, I am about to go play Captain Hook’. He said, ‘Just think about it over the weekend’. I said, ‘No, I don’t want to think about it – it’s fun and lovely and flattering but I am not playing two children’s villains!’
Lucky for us, Isaac’s friends and family had other ideas.
Over the weekend, everybody I knew called me – nieces, nephews, godchildren and then the parents. They all tried to persuade me to take the job – not because they cared about me but because they wanted to visit the set! So I took the job and thank god I did!
He is now so enamored with the series that he has floated the idea of a Lucius Malfoy spin-off!
I think [J. K. Rowling] is way too good a storyteller to breathe into her stories with a beginning, middle and ending with a little side alley. If Jo called me and went, ‘I want to do a Lucius Malfoy spin-off film’, she wouldn’t get to the middle of her sentence before I’ve said yes and left my house! But I am not holding my breath for that call.
If only! Though he doesn’t feature in them, the second in the current Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit cinemas on November 18th, 2018.
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