Sunday, July 15, 2007

Adopt-An-Actor 2

Because I have no impulse control...I have to adopt a second actor as part of Splotchy's Adopt-An-Actor campaign. And so my second adoptee is...

Born on June 6, 1963 Jason Isaacs grew up in Liverpool in an "insular" and "closely-knit" Jewish community. The third of four brothers, Isaacs attended a Jewish school and a cheder twice a week. Moving to London at the age of 11 he was exposed to alot of anti-semitism and bullying for which he gives credit in the creation of some of his cruelist characters.

Isaacs had initially planned on a career in law, following his more traditionally-inclined brothers who became a doctor, lawyer, and accountant. He started at law school but felt uneasy among the other students (they all had much more posh and polished accents), his acting career started shortly after when a drunken audition turned into his first role in the play Idle Hands, where he ended up dancing naked, covered in chicken's blood. This would be the first of many uncomfortable evenings in the theatre for his parents (in his second, The Glory of Love, he was castrated with a cheese-wire).

After working on the stage for quite some time his first film role (a camero really) was in 1989's The Tall Guy. Since then Isaacs has had over 60 film and television credits including his most recent role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Anyone who wants to see the film highlights of his career should check out:

The Patriot (2000)- Mel Gibson single handedly wins the American revolution after his son Heath Ledger is killed...yadda...yadda... This is a pretty stupid and historically inacurate movie but is worth watching just for the awesome performance Jason Isaacs gives as the evil Col. William Tavington. He's just so brilliant in this!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)- Isaacs shows up as Lucius Malfoy in this second Potter movie in a Paris Hilton wig and a pin-stripe suit. Brilliant. Isaacs on Potter..."I went off and read the books after the audition and I read all four books in one sitting - you know - didn't wash, didn't eat, drove around with them on the steering wheel like a lunatic. I suddenly understood why my friends, who I'd thought where slightly backward, had been so addicted to these children's books. They're like crack."

Peter Pan (2003)- In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. Isaacs is perfect as Hook, no one plays a bad guy like Jason Isaacs.

And so I now adopt you Jason Isaacs for your awesome acting ability and sexy George Sanders-like voices.

4 comments:

Splotchy said...

Congrats! Another cool choice, especially since he's someone that has flown under my radar until now.

Loved his portrayal of Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, but I have to confess the only thing I remember from The Patriot is Mel Gibson cutting up a whole bunch of Brits with a coupla hatchets.

But if I see it again I will definitely focus on Mr. Isaacs!

BonK said...

Adopt an Actor? I would have to go with Matt Frewer. There's something interesting about everything he appears in. Even if the project is an overall mess it will usually involve something intriguing enough for me to tune in. He has a knack for taking roles in interesting works.

Now, I must apologize for going off topic, but I've posted a picture of what "No Smoking in the Skull Cave" looks like on the Nintendo DS browser, here. I just thought you'd like to take a peek. :)

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sweet! You and me are the only people so far to step up and adopt multiple actors. We are so alturistic that it's not even funny.

Becca said...

Splotchy-
Thanks for coming up with the idea! Very cool!

BonK-
Matt Frewer rocks you should totally adopt him. I love him in The Stand.

Oh and it was cool to see the Skullcave on a DS. I've never used one of those and it does seem hard to use or look at.

Dr. Monkey-
We DO have big hearts.