Yahoo_Host1: Jason Isaacs has joined us in the
Yahoo_Host1: Welcome Jason
jason_isaacs_live: Hi everybody, try and stay comfortable!
bkirkland54 asks: Hi Jason! After filming "The
Patriot", Dean Devlin has said he expects you to breakout as a star in
the next two years. Your fans would certainly be delighted, but how do you feel
about attaining the level of stardom of say, Mel Gibson?
jason_isaacs_live: Well that's not going to happen, Mel was a star from the
age of 20, 21 and just kept getting bigger. I'm already in my thirties, and
I'm just working along stolidly, every now and then I get a big part and then
I go back to my normal middle sized parts.
bayvic1 asks: We've had some discussion on the
Message Board at your fansite & we have wondered: Was the Col. Tavington
hair woven to your own or was it a wig?
jason_isaacs_live: It actually belonged to the horse and I gave it back every
jlwoz_1 asks: I originally went to see "The
Patriot" for Mel Gibson (and a good movie), I came out an instant fan of
yours. (And went back to see it many more times because of you, then I'll mention).
Do you have any idea what you've done to the female movie going public?
jason_isaacs_live: LOL! No, there is a very small, fantastic, hardy band of
supports who actually believe that I shave without foam....and to them I'm incredibly
grateful. But I've no idea what I've done to most people because no one recognizes
me when I walk down the street and my life is exactly the same.
irish_eyes2c asks: The Patriot seemed to be
very controversial in England. What was your reaction to that and did you think
it was justifiable?
jason_isaacs_live: I thought that it was a bizarre over reaction from the English
press and I was slightly embarrassed by it in front of my American friends.
Because to my mind the history of the British empire is a long and shameful
episode. And they attacked the film for not being a documentary. Whereas if
they wanted to attack it for script, writing and direction they are entitled
to their opinion. But no one ever objected to Robin Hood on historical grounds.
bayvic1 asks: If you lived during the Revolutionary
War and were an American colonist, would you have become a United Empire Loyalist
and moved to Canada?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh, well, my girlfriend's from Canada so obviously my instincts
always lead me in that direction.
mousekabob asks: I've heard you described as
a character actor. Do you agree with that? Do you find it flattering?
jason_isaacs_live: I'm not sure that I'm looking for flattery, I guess I'd rather
be unrecognizable from part to part - I'm not crazy about being myself on screen.
Also character actors seem to have a longer shelf life.
andrea1776 asks: The scene where you kill Heath
Ledger is definitely one of y favorite, in spite of my unhappiness with his
death. Extremely well shot, choreographed and acted. The look on your face while
enjoying the poor boy's pain has to be the most evil thing I have seen in quite
some time. Kudos to you and Heath. How many redos did it take to reach perfection?
jason_isaacs_live: LOL! I'm not sure we ever reached perfection. I do not think
we did it very many times. It was so exhausting -- It was a big long shot and
the horses rode over the hill, and there was a huge choreographed fight. And
because it was all in shot, there was nothing to stop the horses from running
miles away. So, we could only do it a couple of times before it got dark.
manolis_varnassinger asks: Jason did you auditioned
for the role in the movie patriot or it was offered to you
jason_isaacs_live: No I auditioned, I went on tape in my front room in London
with a friend reading. And then they flew me out to Los Angeles to meet me.
Even at that stage I didn't really take it seriously. Because I had been told
it was offered to someone I knew in London. So I thought it was some strange
political game they were playing. I didn't care because I got a free flight.
stratosmacca asks: Did you enjoy portraying
Colonel Tavington in 'The Patriot'?
jason_isaacs_live: Yeah, that was what I was getting paid for, because a really
good bad guy is always having a good time. So I made sure to have a riot on
set. There is nothing to hate if the bad guy is being tortured.
willowsam asks: What scene was emotionally the
most difficult for you to do?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh the first scene with Tom Wilkinson, I had to be - he slaps
me down and I well up with tears. So it was the only time I was required to
be really vulnerable in the film.
blueintheburgh asks: Did you enjoy working with
Mel Gibson? Did he make you laugh a lot?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh, yeah, yeah, he's got a misplaced reputation for being
a joker, Mel. He's actually a very serious actor. But like most serious actors
I know he's just a child waiting to grow up. So he cracks terrible, filthy jokes,
and burps a lot on set. But it's all for a very serious reason. It's to keep
the actors relaxed.
willowsam asks: So, how do you like riding horses
now? Just how big WAS Android?
jason_isaacs_live: My horse was called Big Ben, and it was the size of a Mack
truck with a tail. And I haven't been on a horse since because I hate riding
horses. I'm terrified of animals. It was so big, in fact, my horse, that the
guy who played Wilkens in the film is about 6 foot 6. And I towered above him
when we were both on our horses.
downes82 asks: Hi Jason, you were awesome as
Tavington in the Patriot. Unfortunately I had never heard of you but will definitely
check out your other movies. What is your next film role going to be? thanks
jason_isaacs_live: The next thing coming out I think is a film called Sweet
November, that I did with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, and I play a drag
g queen. And I've never heard of you before today either, so we're even!
atlantalisa30189 asks: Any chance we'll get
a preview of your feminine attire prior to the release of Sweet November? I
don't want to disturb other movie patrons by being vocally startled.
jason_isaacs_live: I actually posted a photograph to one of the lovely ladies
who runs a web site for me. And I told her to keep it private because it's supposed
to be a secret even though I've told everyone under the sun.
bkirkland54 asks: You seem to move easily between
TV and films. Which medium do you prefer?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh, a good script and nice people to work with. I don't care
if it's theater out of the back of a bus. By the way - I'm watching this event
on Yahoo! as well in one of the chatrooms...
bayvic1 asks: If you were told you had to reshoot
a scene from The Patriot, which one would you least like to re-do?
jason_isaacs_live: I know which one I'd like most to reshoot, the first scene
where I ride up to Mel's house. I'd least like to reshoot the scene where I
fell off the horse, which is the big battle at Camden.
suthunbelle1 asks: Your performance as Tavington
was wonderful, but my all time favorite role is Michael Ryan from Dangerous
Lady. Was that a difficult role for you? Rebecca (tavyette)
jason_isaacs_live: You know they're never difficult when the script is good.
I'm so glad someone has seen that! Because the woman who played my sister was
superb. And I got to do all the things actors love to do - cry, kill people,
strangle my lover with a silver dollar, and kiss my sugar daddy to death. LOL!
manolis_varnassinger asks: Jason in what age
did you know that acting was going to be your future career and who were your
jason_isaacs_live: I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. I can't
believe I do something as pathetic and insignificant as acting. I'm still waiting
burke916 asks: That particular scene at Camden
was cut out , is that correct?
jason_isaacs_live: They didn't use the bit with me falling off the horse, because
that wouldn't have been too cool....but no - there was an extended battle that
Heath saw from the window. And then a follow-up scene with Cornwallis which
is on the DVD
jennypsu2000 asks: the deleted scenes on the
patriot DVD were really good..does that frustrate you when directors cut out
certain scenes of yours?
jason_isaacs_live: It would frustrate me if Roland wasn't so nice
and if there wasn't a very good reason to cut them.
blueintheburgh asks: "Pathetic" and
"Insignificant"? So tell me ... why should I spend my money on your
jason_isaacs_live: I can't imagine why anyone spends any money to see me at
all...I keep waiting for the phone call to tell me it's all a terrible mistake
and I have to go back and work in my father's shop.
burke916 asks: Would you ever work in another
period piece and if so what would be of interest to you?
jason_isaacs_live: I've done a few science fiction thing, so I've been in the
future. I've done Dragon Heart so I've been in medieval times. I've now done
the 18th century. So now I'd like to do the 1980's since most of it is a bit
of a blur.
artyfarty00 asks: what was it like working with
jason_isaacs_live: Great. I had to keep reminding myself that he was only 20,
because he was much more of a man than Mel or I.
suthunbelle1 asks: Your fans would love to see
you do romantic comedy, any plans in the future to do any such projects? Rebecca
(tavyette from the site) Birmingham AL
jason_isaacs_live: I'm hoping that some of my fans are out there writing and
irish_eyes2c asks: Towards the end of the film,
you and Mel Gibson get very physical. Were there any mishaps?
jason_isaacs_live: Yeah, I hit him a number of times. And it's pretty scary
when you smack the star on the elbow or head. But he's quite butch, Mel, and
he gave twice as good as he got, so I had to watch out for myself. What I did
to counter the effect of working opposite Mad Max, was to call him Melanie,
and that gave me a psychological edge.
kims_bloke asks: After viewing the deleted scenes
on The Patriot DVD, I felt that several scenes would have made him slightly
more sympathetic. Were you disappointed that those scenes were cut?
jason_isaacs_live: This question is obviously from my m other. I'm always disappointed
but I think the film was long enough, and I can't point to any other scenes
that I thought should have been cut.
noel4200 asks: Jason, who are your favorite
jason_isaacs_live: Oh my God! There is an actor in London called Mark Rylance.
That's a tough question, because now I've met a number of the people who used
to be my heroes, and it's embarrassing to name them now that I know them. I
actually have directing heroes more than acting heroes. Oh, I know -- I saw
a woman called Elizabeth Franz in Death of a Salesman in Los Angeles.
keppero asks: Did you really learn how to reload
a gun for The Patriot?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh yeah, in fact I took great pride that I could load it
and fire it without looking at it in under 10 seconds. It became a point of
macho pride. Heath sliced his finger open really badly one day - actually in
the take where he shoots me. And I was there with my video camera getting a
tape of the inside of his finger while everyone else was calling an ambulance.
a_memnoch_19 asks: was it hard to get the colonels
character down ?
jason_isaacs_live: No Roland and Dean really gave me my head to just live out
my sadistic fantasies....
willowsam asks: Were you allowed to interpret
the script and change things somewhat?
jason_isaacs_live: Oh yeah, there was a whole bunch of stuff that wasn't in
the original script. Little things. Like I remember suggesting that I rode up
into the church on a horse which Roland thought was hysterically funny. In fact,
Roland and Dean were always wanting new ideas. Everyone was open to changes.
The scene where I challenge Mel at the fort originally ended with Mel saying,
I'm going to kill you. And Tavington was cowered away in fear. And I said, no
way. This guy is desperate for a fight and desperate to kill him then and there.
That whole sequence came out of discussion and improvisation.
sugarbugger2000 asks: Mark Rylance is excellent-
hope you work with him at the Globe- any Shakespeare coming up?
jason_isaacs_live: No. I was actually briefly considering doing those Shakespeare's
with Ray Fiennes. He did Richard II and Coriolonus. I ended up getting in drag
and going to San Francisco instead. Better Chinese food.
volsfans4ever asks: Do you think that the film
was graphic enough or would you have preferred more decapitations, bayonet wounds,
and the like?
jason_isaacs_live: Well we had real amputees on the set, lots of them, when
we did scenes where limbs were blown off, pulled off or chopped off. That was
enough for me. I did miss a rape though, I felt that we were one rape light.
shayweaver asks: You seem very witty and clever....any
plans to write yourself?
jason_isaacs_live: That's definitely my mother! Oh no, that's Shay who runs
the website! Before I write any scripts, I'll send you an email. Lots of love!
serenade27 asks: Whose idea was the shaving
scene? I know all of us on the appreciation page want to know!
jason_isaacs_live: I said to Roland - because every morning when we did the
hair, I said to Roland it looks really cool with the hair down, I wonder if
there's s a way to do a scene with the hair down. And everybody said, no that's
ridiculous, and Roland said, Y you're sure? It looks really cool? What the hell,
let's do it! So then we had to invent a reason. And I could have been washing
my hair in the river. But it would have looked like a shampoo commercial.
big_turk_jr asks: I want to say that you played
the role of Tavington so well that, I cannot look at you without thinking that
you are really as nasty and cruel as your character. Do you get that a lot?
jason_isaacs_live: I've no idea. If people think that they presumably don't
come up and talk to me. The people that come up to me expect that I'll talk
back. I think I get it more from casting directors.
sian2020 asks: What kind of director was Roland?
The Patriot was visually stunning.
jason_isaacs_live: He's a visually stunning director! He's just about the nicest
guy that I've met in Hollywood. Not that there's a lot of competition here!
You could meet him by the sandwich table and not know what job he does. He could
be the guy that makes the sandwiches.
feltonza asks: So the whole "Why wait"
thing was your idea? Those two words were what made me watch the movie! Anyway,
what does it take for you to read a script?
jason_isaacs_live: It takes for it to be delivered to my house. I read everything
I can get my hands on because there are so few good ones. When I do find a good
one, unfortunately everybody else in town thinks it's good as well, and I have
to get in line behind Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
rosemary01719 asks: What do you like to read
when you're not wading through scripts?
jason_isaacs_live: My girlfriend has very high brow taste in literature. So
she's always trying to make me read books that would be good for me. And I sneak
in trashy magazines when I'm in the bathroom. But I'm a net geek, so I read
Wired, and all the Mac publications, because I'm a Mac evangelist.
volsfans4ever asks: What was your experience
like in working with the Revolutionary War re-enactors? (I am curious because
I am a Civil War re-enactor, or "living historian", if you will)
jason_isaacs_live: It was an education for me, because I expected them all to
be rather strange and nerdy, and they were a fantastic bunch of men and women.
Not only were they a walking font of knowledge about the period, but they enlightened
me as to the nature of their hobby.
bayvic1 asks: You've mentioned the web-site
a couple of times. Knowing that you enjoy your computer, how do you feel about
the sites dedicated to you?
jason_isaacs_live: I think they are superb, I'm constantly blown away by them.
My girlfriend tells me I should ration my visits to them, and I'm sure she's
right. But I'm so grateful to the two women, specifically to Sharon and Martine,
because without them I would never know when I was on television or when films
I'm in are released. They have stills from shows I don't remember filming! There
is a really fabulous community of women for whom I was a catalyst for them meeting
each other, and chat every day and send each other messages and presents. I'm
kind of thrilled that I was the reason they met. Sharon's site is http://www.jasonisaacs.com/
Which is kind of weird for me. Lots of people say I should ask for it back,
but I don't know what I could do which is half as professional as what she does.
And Martyne's site is http://www.gloomygus.org/ because I was too lazy to write
back and say she could have jasonisaacs.org I am very lazy about answering fan
mail, I'm very lazy in general. I'm so bad I don't even pay my parking tickets.
reesehawke asks: Do you find that the nature
of the scripts that have been sent to you has changed since The Patriot was
jason_isaacs_live: Since the Patriot was released I've come to Los Angeles so
I'm reading more American scripts. The scripts have changed in that every single
one is about a serial killer or a rogue FBI agent. Most scripts are just terrible.
As everyone knows most movies are terrible and not worth the entrance price.
jennypsu2000 asks: speaking of drinking in the
forest..what's your favorite drink?
jason_isaacs_live: Cranberry and soda. Light on the ice, no lime. English people
always ask for less ice than here in America. We get bitter about how the cup
is always full of ice.
stratosmacca asks: I heard rumors that Mel's
character was originally supposed to die at the end of the film... Any truth
jason_isaacs_live: No! None whatsoever. Where did you hear that rumor? I read
on the internet lots of things about what was originally supposed to happen.
And they're all lies, every single one unfortunately.
harlan_nc asks: You have such a noble chin and
in my opinion would make the perfect Bruce Wayne. Would you if ever asked, put
on the cape and cowl and film a Batman movie?
jason_isaacs_live: Uh, um, I can't imagine it ever happening. I guess I wouldn't
mind having rubber nipples!
hearts38 asks: What movie was the most emotional
for you to make?
jason_isaacs_live: The most emotional part I ever played was Angels in America
on stage. I had to cry for about seven hours every day. Nothing's ever compared
to the writing in that. God that's a tough one. If I had to pick one - I used
to love The Big Chill.
iamtaved asks: What is you all time favorite
jason_isaacs_live: And I guess as I got older it bears fewer viewings. I guess
my all time favorite is probably Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap and the Godfather.
astre_x asks: do you prefer living in England
jason_isaacs_live: Wherever my girlfriend is and I'm working. I just hate not
raven1413l asks: Hi Jason. What kind of music
do you listen to?
jason_isaacs_live: From the age of 12 to the age of 20 I only listened to Bob
Marley. Then in more recent years I've become a Gershwin freak. I have a lot
of the great crooners of the fifties and sixties - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,
Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. And lots of seventies funk. But I'm kind of
sad in that I don't think I've bought a record in fifteen years. Or if I have,
it's a retro record. Even calling them records is really giving it away!
tierra_blue asks: Do you realize how popular
the Patriot was in Australia? Will you be coming down to do some promo stuff
when it's out on video here!
jason_isaacs_live: Well, I didn't know how popular it was in Australia. I won't
be coming down to do promo stuff because they're not doing any! But I would
love to work there. My friend Thandie filmed Mission Impossible 2 there and
just raved about it and said how much I'd love it, so I'm really keen to get
a film down there.
south_carolina_belle asks: Jason, some of the
scenes were familiar to me in South Carolina. How did you like filming a movie
jason_isaacs_live: I'm an urban creature, everything I liked previously is concrete
and Matt black plastic. So the whole countryside was a revolution for me. And
I was made soppy by the color of the leaves in fall and the sunrises. The people
were all very friendly and seemed to be on a mission to make us as fat as they
could get, deep friend breakfasts....
rjoconnor2000 asks: Were there ever scenes where
you thought to yourself..... whew this is brutal???
jason_isaacs_live: When Mel was making a burger out of the last British soldier.
It only made me wish I'd had a scene that was twice as brutal. I think burning
women and children in a church was crossing the line into slightly unpleasant.
keppero asks: You have such a great sense of
humor! Is that inherited?
jason_isaacs_live: LOL! It depends on whether my parents are watching this...if
they are watching, yes, if they aren't, then no!
suthunbelle1 asks: so did Rollins really spit
on you in the deleted scene?
jason_isaacs_live: And the guy who played it his name is Hank, and he told me
he had never spit before. Which is kind of a weird thing to say. But a - he
got really good at it by the end of the day, and b - it stunk. The first couple
of things they ever saw me do I was naked and covered in chicken blood. I got
castrated with a cheese wire, and I told my mother her private parts smelled
of fish. So from then on everything has been a victory for them. There is a
play called East by Steven Berkoff.
jason_isaacs_live: It has a famous speech in it called the c# speech. And I
was choreographed to leap off the stage and describe these ten smells moving
along the audience one by one. With a spotlight following me. And the last one.......is
fresh fish, and you stand there and humiliate a member of the audience. And
it was my mother. The only thing my father has ever truly enjoyed that I've
been in. He was weeping tears of laughter.
Sir_DragonSlayer asks: Do you like to live a
character that your portraying in the movies outside of the film to get a better
knowledge of who that person might have been like
jason_isaacs_live: Sure! I went around raping, murdering and pillaging half
of South Carolina! If I tried to live them more than 2 seconds, my girlfriend
would slap me right back down to earth.
andrea1776 asks: What's your favorite scene
in the Patriot?
jason_isaacs_live: My favorite scenes were the scenes with Tom Wilkinson. Because
they were like dancing with a great tango partner. Everything came out differently
every time. But always perfectly in response to the other person.
elizabethtavington asks: gotta ask, where the
black pants part of the dragoons uniform? Cause I loved them, very nice attire
jason_isaacs_live: I don't think they were actually. I think they were an enhancement.
I think the dragoons outfits were actually beige, but beige is not too cool
a color. I got my DVD yesterday. And I've seen it - enough times!
jennypsu2000 asks: do you think the Patriot
will be nominated for any awards?
jason_isaacs_live: I think awards are really strange. And unwarranted things.
The idea of ranking any kind of art - acting, directing, painting, music, writing
books, is just weird. On the other hand - if they are going to do it, I hope
we're in there. The award for best actor I always think should be called the
award for best part. But if there was an award for most enjoyable job I've had
so far, this ought to get it. If only Tavington had been in a wheelchair, I
would have been in with a real chance.
Yahoo_Host1: Thank you so much to Jason Isaacs for stopping by to chat about
The Patriot today - hope his wonderful sense of humor wasn't lost in the text
jason_isaacs_live: Thanks everyone for hanging out here, and thanks to all the
people who write messages to me and to my website, never think I am indifferent
to it. I am incredibly grateful. And I wish everybody luck and love.
Yahoo_Host1: Thanks to all of the chatters - you sent in some fabulous questions
- soo many of them that we couldn't get to them all. What a way to wrap up The
Patriot week on Yahoo! Chat - we started the week with Mel Gibson, then director
Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin stopped by and we close with the incredibly
charming chat with Jason Isaacs!
Yahoo_Host1: Good night everyone