Jason Isaacs on a roller coaster

  December 17, 2003 at 5:07 PM ET
  grae     Wizard News (via Beaufort Gazette and The Daily Telegraph)

Jason Isaacs, he who portrays the villainous Lucius Malfoy, enjoys something you probably wouldn't expect Draco's dad to do: riding roller coasters. In fact, that's where he could often be found - in full costume, no less - as he and his teenage co-star often snuck off the set of Peter Panopens in new window, climbing over the fence to ride the roller coasteropens in new window next door.

"I'm one of these people who's always been drawn to extremes - extremes of everything. It's one of the reasons I like acting: extremes of emotions, extremes of human behavior and extreme physical sensations - driving incredibly fast. I used to drive very stupidly when I was a young actor," he says.

You may also be surprised to learn that acting wasn't Jason's first calling. Instead, he had started out studying law, but with his inclination to try everything once, a visit to a drama school ended up paving the way to an acting career.

"I've always hated making decisions, always like letting them be made for me, so in a way, I just let it happen by default. But that's what I did and three years of drama school I never thought that's what I'd end up doing. I thought it would be another useful indulgence, another three years during which I didn't really have to grow up. I could hang around and behave badly."

The actor also comments on what it was likeopens in new window to be offered the dual role of Mr Darling and Captain Hook, while still filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

"I went straight from Harry Potter into Peter Pan, which was just like going from one wig to another," he says. "I've spent the past two years making children's movies that aren't really children's movies."


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