Actor Jason Issacs sat down with the Independent where he gave his opinion on a lot of different matters.
Issacs, 53, who can most recently be seen on the Netflix Series “The OA” describes his character Hunter Aloysius “Hap” Percy as “not a nice person.” Although despite the kidnapping and inhumane treatment of the five people, Issacs seems to relate to Hap.
“I see him referred to as a ‘mad scientist’, but I would never have taken the part if I thought that was true. He’s not mad, because he’s right.”
As the interviewer questioned if a scientist could be “right” but still treat humans with decency, Issacs cut them off. “But do you not think it’s worth it? Do you not think if I came to you and said, ‘I’ve cured cancer, no one will ever get cancer and die again, and some questionable things have happened along the way…’”
As the journalist still said it was “unacceptable,” Issacs added, “Well, I wouldn’t like it to happen to me, obviously!”
Issacs tends to pick roles that are considered the bad guys from Captain Hook in the 2003 remake of “Peter Pan” to playing Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise. “I do think it’s important that we don’t avoid showing people’s worst, most venal, sexist or xenophobic instincts through character, because those things exist everywhere, and to avoid depicting them through fiction is to deny us the chance to discuss them,” he says.
Issacs then rambles on about #MeToo, “Most of the things that have led to the complaints of the #MeToo movement are things that have happened behind closed doors. It’s stuff that would never have been done in public because it would never have been acceptable in public. So I don’t notice the difference. Of course, I’m not a woman, so I’m not able to say whether people treat me differently.”
He adds that he doesn’t “know anybody who does condone that kind of behaviour, or those kind of comments, even at the most mild level, where it could be laughed off as a joke. That stuff stopped happening, as far as I’m aware, a long time ago. But maybe my antennae are not as finely tuned as women’s are.”
As the father of two daughters with filmmaker Emma Hewitt, Issacs does realize that it is “shameful” he is only now tuning into the things said around him because he is a parent. “The first thing people say to girls is, ‘Your hair looks great, I love those shoes, you look so fabulous, your skin looks great…’ And I never had any of those things said to me as a boy. If you have that said to you for your entire life, then suddenly you define yourself by the way you look.”
He continues to say that if that is “how the world deals with women” that is the way women “will start to think of themselves.”
“That’s, I’m sure, why there’s so many people reaching to be gender neutral – to be free from all that stuff,” the interviewer tries to correct him but guesses he speaks at a rate of “250” words a minute, so there was no way to interrupt.
“It was shocking when this conversation started, to find out that there’s literally no adult I know who hasn’t been the victim of some kind of sexual abuse, or sexual assault, or at the lower end of the scale, people exposing themselves on the tube or something, and thinking, ‘Well OK, so my daughters are going to experience that soon… if they haven’t already and haven’t told me.’ But where it’s going, I don’t know. It’s clearly going in the right direction at least, and the conversation is had all the time, which is an incredibly healthy thing. I wish we could get to the end game very quickly.”