Can't decide if you prefer the hero or the villian in the story? This week our columnist, Annie West, discusses a Male on Monday who's great as either: Jason Isaacs.
We seem to have a tradition here at the Pink Heart Society, of choosing many of our Males on Monday from the acting profession. Here's another, someone I'm so glad hasn't already been featured!
I remember the first time I saw Jason Isaacs in a film. I was enthralled by the energy and vibrancy he brought to his role. Forget Mel Gibson (the hero). This guy stole the show.
He's the villian we love to hate (and he seems to revel in such roles) but he makes a fine hero as well. He's compelling to watch, and I tell myself it's not just because of his dark hair, good looks and gorgeous eyes. This is a man with charisma and personality.
Jason Isaacs is a British actor with a cv that includes film, television and stage. He was born in Liverpool to migrant parents from Eastern Europe. He has a law degree from Bristol University but followed that up by studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he met his wife. He's quoted as saying:
I did a three year law degree but all the time I was constantly off somewhere in a room screaming and shouting and taking my clothes off. It was where I found my friends and found my feet, and my girlfirends as well. I just got totally addicted to it. People say, 'Well, why did you stop doing law?' Well, do you know any lawyers? [This is] a lot more fun.
Some of you would recognise him as the delightfully sinister Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, complete with long wig. No one could match him, I'm sure, for that air of supercilious hauteur and clipped, condescending tone. Personally I rather like the fact that he loves those books and was desperate to find out what happened to his character.
I first saw him in 'The Patriot' where he plays the appallingly vicious Colonel William Tavington opposite Mel Gibson. The verve with which he embraced the sheer villainy of his character was terrific, and made rivetting watching. That performance won him a nomination from the London Film Critics' Circle.
Other films include 'The Tuxedo' where he plays a very likeable 007 type spy, 'Black Hawk Down', 'Passionada', 'Peter Pan' (where he is both Mr Darling and Captain Hook) and 'Good'. He starred in the fast paced TV action triller 'The State Within' as well as the long running 'Brotherhood'. On stage he played Louis in the critically acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of 'Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2'.
The more I researched him, the more I found to like. He's a family man with two little girls. He says 'Every time I make a plan, God laughs at me'. I can relate to that. He's also got the rather appealing quality of not taking himself too seriously:
I was always bullied, I've never been the bully, I'm a terrible coward. I'm scared of people, I'm scared of horses [laughing] I'm scared of spiders, so you know, the chance to have this army [in 'The Patriot'] and every time I twitch an eyebrow to have a whole village of people quiver, to have one of the biggest, butchest superstars in the world be terrified when I ride into his house, it's very cheap therapy for me.'
If you haven't had the pleasure of watching Jason Isaacs at work yet, let me recommend him. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these few photos to be going on with... In writing this I've discovered a couple of new movies I just have to check out. Research - it's never ending!
Annie's just realised that by sheer coincidence the
hero of her next manuscript has dark hair, stunning eyes and a voice rather like Jason Isaacs'. Amazing! However, it will be some time before that book is available. She has to write it yet!
If you're interested in one of her other yummy heroes, check out her website for details, or grab a copy of her recent release: THE SAVAKIS MISTRESS. Or maybe even snaffle a copy of her next US book: BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INEXPERIENCED WIFE.