Jason Isaacs was the perfect Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but in a new interview with Digital Spy, the actor admitted that he was 鈥渕ightily pissed off鈥 after being asked to audition for the role. In fact, he almost turned it down.

鈥淚 didn鈥檛 audition for Lucius; I auditioned for Gilderoy Lockhart,鈥 he explained. Afterward, they asked him to read for another part 鈥 one that he knew he didn鈥檛 want. (The role of Gilderoy Lockhart, the Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, eventually went to Kenneth Branagh.)

鈥淚 was about to go play Captain Hook [in 2003鈥檚 Peter Pan] and didn鈥檛 want to do two children鈥檚 [movie] villains,鈥 Isaacs told Digital Spy of why he was against playing the nefarious wizard.

Despite his hesitation, he did the reading for Lucius Malfoy 鈥 and clearly, he nailed it. But when he got home, he immediately informed his agent that it wasn鈥檛 going to happen. 鈥淚 said to my agent, 鈥榃hen they call, tell them no, thank you very much, I am about to go play Captain Hook.'鈥

Thankfully (for Isaacs and fans of the Harry Potter films), the actor鈥檚 agent wasn鈥檛 about to take no for an answer. At least not that quickly. He encouraged his client to take the weekend to mull it over, but Isaacs didn鈥檛 want to even do that. 鈥淚 said, 鈥楴o, I don鈥檛 want to think about it 鈥 it鈥檚 fun and lovely and flattering but I am not playing two children鈥檚 villains!'鈥

Over the weekend, though, he had a change of heart. 鈥淸E]verybody I knew called me 鈥 nieces, nephews, godchildren, and then the parents,鈥 Isaacs told Digital Spy. 鈥淭hey all tried to persuade me to take the job 鈥 not because they cared about me but because they wanted to visit the set! So, I took the job and thank God I did!鈥

Isaacs appeared in six of the Harry Potter films 鈥 and he鈥檚 open to doing more if the opportunity ever presents itself. 鈥淚f [JK Rowling] called me and went, 鈥業 want to do a Lucius Malfoy spinoff film,鈥 she wouldn鈥檛 get to the middle of her sentence before I鈥檝e said yes and left my house! But I am not holding my breath for that call.鈥

For what it鈥檚 worth, we would LOVE to see a Lucius Malfoy spinoff movie.

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