Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, explains how his onscreen father Lucius, Jason Isaacs, provided him business advise on the set of Harry Potter 6.
Tom Felton, who rose to fame as Draco Malfoy, the scarred wizard's schoolyard foe in the Harry Potter movie, discloses the career advice he received from Jason Isaacs, who played his nasty onscreen father Lucius Malfoy, on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Felton starred in every Harry Potter film with primary stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as the privileged son of a Death Eater, frequently playing as an adversary to the trio and causing extra misery for the Boy Who Lived.Draco Malfoy, on the other hand, became more sympathetic as the book proceeded, maturing into a disturbed adolescent seeking to achieve his father's approval despite his qualms about joining Voldemort. The full depth of Draco's conversion to Death Eater was exposed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with the bewildered wizard attempting to assassinate Dumbledore on the Dark Lord's orders but failing to do so.
Felton, like most of his teenage co-stars, shot to international fame thanks to his work in the Wizarding World series. Unlike many of his Potter contemporaries, however, Felton had already established an impressive body of work as a child actor; following his feature film debut in The Borrowers, he went on to appear in the period drama Anna and the King and the British drama series Bugs before being cast as Draco Malfoy. As a result, the young actor was accustomed to auditioning in a studio setting.Despite knowing nothing about the source material, Felton thinks that his attitude landed him the part. Despite the fact that Isaacs didn't play Draco's father until the second film, the two actors instantly got friends and still joke about being "father and son."
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But, according to Felton, this paternal dynamic wasn't limited to the screen or social media shenanigans. In an interview with The Guardian, Felton discusses how on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Isaacs gave him confidence and career guidance when he was suffering from "impostor syndrome." Felton's full version of his onscreen father's advice may be seen below:
As evidenced by his post-Harry Potter career, the actor didn't hesitate to take Isaacs' advise. Since waving farewell to the caustic Slytherin, Felton has acted in a number of films, including the sci-fi prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the biblical thriller Risen, and the Shakespeare adaptation Ophelia. However, it's clear that the actor still has a sweet place for the part that made him a worldwide celebrity. Felton recently participated in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special, and has stated that if requested, he would be willing to reprise the character for another film, maintaining that he is unaffected by the film franchise's renown.
Felton's on-set revelation of Isaacs' career advice highlights the tight friendship the two actors built over the course of the eight-film franchise, and which they continue to share over a decade after their final appearance together. This is a refreshing contrast from the dysfunctional behaviour of the Malfoy family onscreen. While it's unlikely that Harry Potter fans will see the couple reunited as magical wizard father and son, it's certainly heartwarming to watch how important Isaacs was in launching Felton's successful acting career as an adult.