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From "FlickWorld", 21 March 2003:
Gwyneth Paltrow Inked For
Remake of Musical
In the wake of the runaway success of such recent
musical outings as “Chicago” and 2001’s “Moulin Rouge”, we confess to no
great shock at the news that Joan Chen (“Autumn in New York”) has been
confirmed to direct a remake of “My Fair Lady”.
Signed for the lead
role of Eliza Doolittle is Gwyneth Paltrow, an old hand at accent
manipulation, who scored a surprise off-screen hit with her Huey Lewis
co-performance from “Duets“, while the part of Prof. Henry Higgins will go
to Jason Issacs.
Issacs, a familiar face to English filmgoers, remains
an unknown quantity voice-wise, though he was seen dancing briefly in the
Jackie Chan vehicle “The Tuxedo”.
Other supporting players are rumored
to include Bob Hoskins as Eliza’s dad (after hearing him deliver a song in
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, we can’t wait to hear his version of “Get Me to
the Church”). Michael Caine was originally approached for the role, but
with all the attention his star turn in “The Quiet American” is garnering,
he may well be priced out of the market, and with the salary Paltrow
currently commands, the cost-cutting decision to sign Issacs makes perfect
sense to us.
The movie is due to commence filming on location in London
and Pinewood Studios this autumn.
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From DiMB, 11 June 2003:
The newly retooled Ealing
Studios (www.ealingstudios.co.uk/) has
released its slate of upcoming projects, which includes a remake of its
own 1950 hit "Kind Hearts and Coronets", credited with establishing Alec
Guinness as a major star after he portrayed no fewer than eight separate
characters in it.
As the original was an adaptation of a novel written
at the turn of the (last) century, there is "neither need nor intent" to
update it, according to studio sources. Indeed, the elegant late-Victorian
costumes were but one of the numerous pleasures of the first production;
with recent offerings such as "The Importance of Being Earnest", Ealing
has demonstrated its continuing commitment to excellence in that
The story concerns the efforts of a young man (Louis
Mazzini) to secure a dukedom for himself, after his mother—disinherited
by her father, the Duke of Chalfont, after her marriage to an untitled Italian
singer—is eventually denied even the posthumous courtesy of burial in the
family vault. To achieve the title, of course, he must first effect the removal of the ten D'Ascoyne relatives who sequentially hold claim to it.
Signed to portray
Louis Mazzini is the aristocratic Jude Law; Keira Knightley ("Pure", "Bend
It Like Beckham") plays his "hopelessly suburban" childhood sweetheart,
Sibella; Amanda Donohoe ("L.A. Law", "Madness of King George") contrasts
as the stately widow of one of Mazzini's victims, and Helen Mirren will
play the tragic Mrs. Mazzini.
And as for the ill-fated parade of
D'Ascoynes? Venturing into Alec's capacious shoes is Jason Isaacs, last
seen on the other end of malicious implements as Lucius Malfoy in the second
installment of Harry Potter.
Questioned about his professional
audacity, Isaacs laughed, "I've already done an Army officer, a Catholic
priest, an obnoxious peer, and, if you count Hook, a naval officer! I
haven't played a woman, but I have been a female-impersonator, and I think I
look at least as feminine as Sir Alec!
"I think we're approaching this one
with great respect and affection, and I hope I'll do Guinness' roles
justice...As for presumption, well, Ewan MacGregor dared Obi-Wan Kenobi
and wasn't struck down by lightning, so I'm not too worried!"
this release from Ealing mid-2004.
Special to "DiMb", 8 January 2003:
Taking a Break from Villainy
Jason Isaacs is arguably the hottest British villain out there at the moment, looking to reprise his appearance as the odious Lucius Malfoy in the fourth filmed episode of Harry Potter and currently busy shooting a dual role as Capt. Hook and Mr. Darling in P.J. Hogan's live-action Peter Pan (after indelibly imprinting himself on moviegoers' psyche as the evil Tavington opposite Mel Gibson in The Patriot), but a decidedly relaxed-looking Isaacs indicates that his next outting on the big screen will take quite a different turn.
Speaking on the set of Pan in Queensland, Isaacs reveals that his next project will be a feature-film version of the 18th century comedy School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. 'Yes,' he agrees, 'it will be quite a change of pace--not to mention climate! We're working with rather a small production company—it'll be rather a return to our roots, in any number of ways...Scandal originated, of course, as a stage-play, and we intend to keep the production very true to that legacy. No special effects, no CGI—I'm already feeling a bit naked!' he confesses with a naughty laugh. 'Yeah, it's a bit of a change in budget too...we're working in partnership with the BBC/Channel4, so we've got access to all these marvelous costumes, and they've got a lovely relationship with the National Trust, English Heritage and so on, so we've got access to all these stately homes for interiors—I think Alan (Rickman)'s got frequent visitor passes at some of these! (referring to his co-star's numerous appearances in costume dramas like Sense and Sensibility) Yup, we've got Alan lined up, Michael Gambon's doing Sir Peter, and Alan Cumming doing a brief turn as Sir Benjamin Backbite—don't you love these names?—and the sublime Kate Winslet as Lady Teazle... She's going to be lovely in this, she's got just the right sort of degraded innocence about her. Oh dear, I hope she doesn't read this!' he laughs again.
Asked about how this latest project reflects larger career intentions, Isaacs turns somewhat philosophical. 'Honestly, I've somewhat given up on all that. I really try just to view each project for its own merits. I keep trying to formulate long-term paths, and they keep getting de-railed, so I'm just going to enjoy my work, whatever I'm doing, for as long as it lasts. Scandal may not generate the same kind of popular "buzz" as a movie like Chamber of Secrets, but Sheridan's never lost his popularity, you know—on any given day, one of his plays is in production somewhere. It's terrific quality writing, very funny stuff, and this is going to be a cracking version with an absolutely great cast. I think it's going to resonate with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic...with the current kind of global tension we're living with I think people are in kind of a nostalgic mood, a bit of escapism and this still has a kind of modernity about the thinking, it remains a very accesssible play, very much more so than, say, Shakespeare, who is, let's face it, always a bit of work for everybody. This is going to be a bit of a lark—back at home, (Kate Winslet's daughter) Mia and (Isaac's daughter) Lily toddling about on the grounds while we shoot, hell, half of us still remember all the lines from drama school. Though I will be a bit sorry to lose my tan,' he adds, gesturing with a forearm. 'Won't be keeping that on this shoot!'
School for Scandal is due to commence filming on location in Summer of 2003, with Julie Christie and Robert Carlyle listed as in negotiation.
From 18 September 2003:
"Never one to rest on his laurels—or should that be lianas?—our own Jason Isaacs appears to be headed, albeit briefly, back to Neverland (aka Australia's Gold Coast). Scant months after completing shooting in Oz of P.J. Hogan's "Peter Pan" (scheduled for release Christmas 2003), Isaacs is slated to appear in Martin Scorsese's upcoming bio-pic "Coeur Noir", based on the life of African Adventurer Henry Morton Stanley. (George Clooney is reportedly still in negotiations to play the lead.) Despite disappointing responses, both critical and popular, to his recent historical block-buster "Gangs of New York", Scorsese seems reluctant to abandon the 19th century as fodder for his films.
Jason Isaacs is predictably excited about working with Scorsese, even though his will be a fairly small part: he will be replacing Robert Downey Jr., recently succumbing to his recurrent struggle with substance abuse, in the role of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary whose first contact with Stanley provided the latter's most memorable quote. "I've done Scots before, that'll be a doddle," quips Isaacs, "The challenge this time will be pulling off a Protestant."
Until recently, the preferred locations for jungle shooting have been places like the Philippines or Malaysia, but in the wake of recent violent political unrest, production companies have increasingly looked to the more expensive nation of Australia to provide exotic locales. "Not only is Australia more stable—as well as beautiful, I have to say—but it's also notably lacking in…other kinds of disturbances. Laurence Fishburne told me he had horrible problems with incredibly persistent parasites after doing `Apocalypse Now' (in the Philippines)", reports Isaacs. "I was really delighted to head home after being away for so long, but it'll be a great treat to return, and also nice to slip in a quick `good guy'" before resuming the platinum-blond locks of Lucius Malfoy for the fourth outing of the "Harry Potter" franchise. "Yeah, this time I'm leaving the villain to some other bloke—Stanley's a nasty bit of work, the more so because he is, obviously, a real person." After recovering Dr. Livingstone for the New York Herald, Stanley—a veteran of both Confederate and Union service in the American Civil War!—went on to the employ of the notorious King Leopold of Belgium to help subjugate the colony of Congo. "Coeur Noir"is set to begin filming both in the U.S. and Australia in the beginning of the new year, with a confirmed cast that also includes Halle Berry (as Stanley's American Creole mistress), Rutger Hauer (King Leopold), Brian Cox and Michael Willis. "
20 November 2004
Is Jason Isaacs closing the creel on movie-making? Asked if he’s swapping reels for reels, Isaacs is quick to reassure that his recent purchase of a trout farm reflects a broadening of his horizons, not an abandonment of his film career .
“Don’t get me wrong, I do love acting, all sorts, but I’ve just reached a point where it really makes sense for me to pay a bit of attention to contingencies, you know? I’ve been at this a good long time” (the blue-eyed Brit made his big-screen debut in 1989’s The Tall Guy) “and my career has always been catch-as-catch-can. I’ve had some cracking roles,” (as Lucius Malfoy, he’s currently the only confirmed participant for Harry Potter in the Order of the Phoenix, set to shoot 2007) “but so much about this work and my success in it is just out of my hands. I had two lead roles working with well-known directors, and one of those films went straight to video—so much for my star power!” laughs the self-deprecating actor. “We’ve also done a lot of traveling in the past couple of years, but our daughter (Lily) is getting to an age where I think it’d be nice to settle down a bit, put down some roots. And as my Mum often said, ‘Land’s always a good investment—they’re not making it anymore’.” Lily appears to have been an important influence in many aspects of this decision: “We do own a place in London, and have no plans to get rid of it, but who doesn’t cherish those kind of Beatrix Potter fantasies for their children?”
As for the fish, Isaacs says “I used to eat any- and everything, but since Lily’s birth we’ve been paying a lot more attention—well, I’ve been paying a lot more attention, Emma was always sensible—to what we put in our bodies, and we’ve been really trying to eat organic when we can. It’s one thing that’s going to help make a go of the trout, I think—there’s a terrific market for organic fish. You know, everyone’s always saying, oh you should eat more fish, but then there’s all those reports of mercury residue with wild-caught fish. And the trout live in streams, not ponds, so there isn’t the same concern about waste disposal, and it’s a native species, brown trout (Salmo trutta), so we’re not introducing some Frankenfish to the unspoilt countryside!” Asked about which countryside he intends to swan off to, Isaacs replies coyly, “It’s in one of the Home Counties.”
Unlike the Who’s Roger Daltrey, Jason Isaacs doesn’t intend to offer angling opportunities at his finny establishment: “Um, no, I’ve never been much of a fisherman—too much sitting still—and I’m not really keen on having hordes of people traipsing through…” he winces. “Just raising them and selling them, really.”
And depending on whether the American Showtime television network picks up his most recent pilot, a crime drama tentatively titled “Brotherhood”, no sleeping with them either.