The world of Harry Potter is still magical enough to engage our minds and not old enough to have been forgotten. With Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them left with four more movies, the Wizarding World is still alive.
At a Harry Potter celebration at Universal Studios in Orlando, Jason Isaacs, the actor who very memorably portrayed Lucius Malfoy in the films, revealed that he had initially wanted to play a different character.
“I’d put on a wig. I’d love to play Hermione. [Laughs] I auditioned for Gilderoy Lockhart and I was a little bit disappointed in the room when Chris [Columbus] asked me, ‘Did you read the whole script?’ I said yes. ‘Would you mind reading as Malfoy?’ [I said,] ‘Ugh, sure.’”
Isaacs recalls the entire story about how it took a while for him to warm up to the idea of playing Lucius, Draco’s father.
“Then I ran outside and called my agent immediately. I said, ‘They want me to go back in and read a different part. I don’t want to do it.’ He said, ‘Just go in and read it. You don’t have to take the job.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to play another bad guy. I’m about to go off and play Captain Hook. I’m really not interested in doing it.’ He said, ‘Just go in and do it. You never know what will happen down the road.’
I went in and I read it as Malfoy and I found out they offered it to me a week later. I told my agent, ‘Tell them no. Thanks very much. I appreciate it.’ He [said], ‘Take the weekend and think about it.’ I [said], ‘It’s just too similar to Captain Hook and another guy.’ He gave me the weekend and my nephews called… and my godchildren called… and then every child I knew and their parents called and told me that I had to do it. Not because they cared about my career but because they wanted to visit the set, I think. So I took the job, and thank God I did.”
Source: Screen Rant