Jason Isaacs is everywhere these days. Slowly building a body of screen work since the late 1990's, the British actor is perhaps most familiar to US audiences from his appearances as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. Of late, however, he has amassed an impressive body for parts - often as a tightly wound, intense action heavy - in films such as "Green Zone" and "Abduction" and TV series including "Awake" and "The State Within."
Currently, Isaacs is back in another trademark wound-too-tight role in the Western thriller "Sweetwater" - out now in limited release and VOD. Isaacs once again is unforgettable the fanatical religious leader setting the west ablaze.
Full of good nature humor in real life, we said hello to Jason Isaacs as he submitted to our Popsessions questionnaire about his Pop Culture upbringing.
1. What was the first movie you saw? "The Sound Of Music" might have been the first movie I saw at the Cinema, and my mother had to take me out because at some point I started yelling at the screen. Someone handed something, a gift to someone else, and there was a British TV show called "Cracker Jack," and at the end of which they gifts out of pencils to people and the whole audience would shout "Cracker Jack." And I was a kid, someone handed something to someone in the movie, and I stood on my chair and at the top of my voice and started screaming "Cracker Jack "and she had to take me out.
2. What movie makes you cry? Every Movie. Barely a film goes by without me crying somewhere. I am pathetic. For a man who plays tough guys, I am ridiculously easy to make cry and if you make a movie designed to make people cry and it doesn’t make me cry you should give up and open a cake shop.
3. Who is the movie character you wish you could be? Scaramanga. The Scaramanga. Always fancied the third nipple. They are very sensitive. I would increase my sensitivity by 50%, my erogenous zones.
4. What do you eat/drink while watching a movie in the theater? Normally something I sneaked in. I hate the food they serve. So I get proper food, sneak it in and hope it doesn’t smell too much.
5. What’s the TV show you never miss? "Louie." I love "Louie." He gets to do and say whatever he wants in any way that he wants, and you don’t see that anywhere else on television. It is so apparent that nobody is giving him notes, and no one is telling him how to cut and no one is telling him what music to put on, so even when its not good its brilliant.
6. What TV show would you like to live in? Well, I don’t think they make a show about tennis or where they all eat Chinese food all day. If they made a show where people played tennis and only stopped to eat Chinese food, it would be that one. Otherwise, I think "Modern Family." Seems like a good bunch of guys to hang out with.
7. Who is your TV crush? Marge Simpson
8. What TV theme song do you still remember the words to? All of them. Great God, all of them. I taught my kids the words to "Spiderman" the other day.
9. What’s the guiltiest pleasure currently on your DVR? "Once Upon a Time." My family are utterly addicted to it. We mainline it.
10.What is your karaoke song? It’s the last one of the evening. When you want to empty the dance hall or you want the party to be over, stick a mic in front of my hands and ask me to sing. It will normally be something from the Beatles, because I am from Liverpool so I can disguise my pitch problems with a Liverpool accent. And hopefully that will distract people enough that they can take their fingers out of their ears.
11.What is your favorite album? Bob Marley "Babylon By Bus." 12. What was your first concert?
12. What was your first concert? I think it might have been the Police. I went to see the Police at the Apollo in London. And went back to see them a number of times. I went back to see them as a grown up a couple of years ago with my wife. And they were just as good. Only quite significantly older.
13.What song was playing during your first kiss? 10 CC “ I'm Not in Love,” I think. Coincidentally that was just around the time I was first getting into, you know, trying to choke people with my tongue.
14.What website do you visit when no one is watching? Well surely the whole point about visiting while no one is watching is uh, that you don’t tell people on Yahoo! I go to Wigs. That’s where I go. It’s supposedly for women, but it’s some of the best drama I’ve ever seen. Go to Wigs. Watchwigs.com.
15.What phone app do you use the most? Embarrassingly I think it’s probably my Starbucks App. It tells me where the nearest one is, and it pays for the drink so it doesn’t feel like real money.
16.Who is your favorite Tweeter? It was Sarah Silverman, and then she started to get respectable. I liked it when she was shockingly obscene and I would choke when I read her things, and I think she realized that lots of people were reading it, including relatives of hers and she started saying, 'Oh I am appearing tonight on this thing.' But um I love her early tweets.
17.What article of clothing can you not live without? Sneakers. Cause I’ve run so much in my life I have done my Achilles in so I have to wear sneakers with supports and orthotics in them and if I wear any ordinary shoes I feel like my feet are being beaten by Turkish prison guards.
18. What was on your favorite t-shirt growing up? Uh, snot and ketchup probably.
19.Did you have a poster of a celeb on your wall as a kid/teen? Who? The woman walking away from a tennis match showing me her left buttock. Remember that poster?
20.Have you ever dressed as a celeb for Halloween? I used to be a children’s entertainer and I did children’s parties, and I’ve always done my own kids parties. And now that they are older, I do closed ones and stuff. But we had Halloween parties when we lived in England. And I had all the kids around; we did lots of Halloween games and then was time to go trick-or-treating. I went in the other room and put very quick zombie make up on you know blood and kind of pale face, and pus and holes. And came out and said come on kids let’s go and they all looked at me and screamed and burst out crying. I had to take it off.
21. What movie do you wish you could unsee? Possibly Jaws. Because I live by the ocean and try and go in it all the time, and there’s not a single time that I go in the ocean ever - and I’ve been in almost three or four times a week for the last three years - that I don’t think a shark is going to eat my legs off.
22. What movie have you seen the most times? It’s a toss up between "The Godfather" and "This is Spinal Tap." They kind of blend into each other, actually. I keep thinking that Michael Corleone is going to be examining the sandwiches and saying, “Who’s your neighbor?” “How much more black could it be? None more black.”
23. What movie do you quote the most? "Spinal Tap," and "The Godfather." Again they get confused.
24. What's your favorite Nic Cage film? I want to be cool and say "Leaving Las Vegas" because you know its utterly brilliant film but actually it’s "Con Air." And it’s "Con Air" because I auditioned for it, and I had only been in Los Angeles I think for a day and I went to this audition, and I was meant to have a gun in the audition and I said I'll use this pencil and the camera assistant said “That’s alright, use this”. Unclipped a gun from the back of his belt, handed it to me, and I, there I was standing with a gun in my hand, utterly terrified to even touch it, thinking I’ve got to get back on a plane and leave this insane country. And now I’ve moved here.
Watch the trailer for "Sweetwater" below: