Jason Isaacs on his personal stunts (and accidents)

What can you do? The man loves his job.

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Veteran actor Jason Isaacs has a problem – when he’s on the set, despite the presence of stunt performers who are there specifically to protect the actors, he keeps asking to perform the most dangerous maneuvers himself. “I live and hardly show that you should always say no to actors when they ask,” he told me during an upcoming episode of our Collider Connected interview series. “I have so many lifelong injuries – I should never have done the things that I did.”

This includes the escape from “Lava and Fireballs” in the Chinese action disaster film Sky fire (A situation only made worse by the fact that he doesn’t speak Mandarin) while trying to protect his 7-year-old co-star from the flames.

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And that was one of the happier cases, as he explains in the clip below, with lots of stories from previous cases of him being physically injured, including:

  • Almost broken legs in the USA Network miniseries she.

  • A fist fight sequence in Showtime’s brotherhood where a severe fall almost prevented him from finishing the scene.

  • Knock himself out by falling backwards onto a rubber floor while filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Why does he do this? The answer is pretty simple – he’s having a great time:

Look, I do this job. I feel very horrible talking to my relatives and friends and certainly for the past nine months I have been fortunate to work at various charities – I speak to many people who make a huge difference in the world, im Work in the health sector or work with refugees or work with the homeless. I can do this insanely childish, complacent thing by putting on costumes and makeup and walking around like I am other people who are vicarious emotions. It is absurd that I should do this kid’s game and get rewarded for it and get a social status that I don’t deserve at all. But I’m allowed to do this funny thing. One of the fun things you can do at work is jump around; Jump around and fire guns and jump into holes and you can fall into a river and all the fun things in a safe environment. I’ve been to war many times without real bullets. I hate the fact that other people don’t enjoy their jobs that much and do much more valuable things. I am ashamed of it, but I can do a very fun thing. One of the funniest things is stunts.

See Isaacs talk in detail about his history of stunt work in the stip below. Skyfire premieres on VOD Tuesday, Jan 12 – for more information, check out The 27 Best Action Movies of the 90s.

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Liz Shannon Miller is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has been speaking about television on the internet since the dawn of the internet. She is currently Senior TV Editor at Collider. Her work has also been published by Vulture, Variety, the AV Club, the Hollywood Reporter, IGN, The Verge, and Thought Catalog. She’s also a Produced Playwright, a variety of podcasts, and a collection of “X-Files” trivia. Follow her on Twitter at @lizlet.

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