MCM: Jason Isaacs


Why is Jason Isaacs so hot? I think it’s because he plays a baddie so well. I mean, he’s probably a really great guy who rescues kittens from storm drains … but put him into tight pants and let him glower a bit, and I’m suddenly fanning myself!

Let’s take a look at Jason’s historical roles and revel in his eeeeevil hotness…

DragonHeart (1996)

“The last dragon and a disillusioned dragon-slaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.” I have no idea, but it’s an excuse to look at Jason shirtless and wearing a loincloth.

DragonHeart (1996)

“Yes, this is my loincloth. Gaze upon its glory.”


The Patriot (2000)

Yes, the movie is a travesty on multiple levels, and yes, there’s little in the way of historical accuracy, but this is where Isaacs blossomed into A Hot Historical Baddie(TM). In real life, I’d be hiding in the cellar. In my imagination, though, he’d haul me onto his horse and drag me off for some enthusiastic spanking.

2000 The Patriot

“You filthy Americans disgust me.”

The Patriot (2000)

“But admit it, you’re strangely attracted to me, aren’t you?”

2000 The Patriot

“Even when I point a gun at you, you still want me! Admit it!”

The Patriot (2000)

“Look! I’m pissed! I’m evil! But you’re really just looking at my ruffly open shirt, aren’t you? GOD nobody in this war understands me.”


Peter Pan (2003)

As Mr. Darling, he’s the emotionally absent (but dapper) dad…

Peter Pan (2003)

“Ahem. I think I may have a smudge on my spectacles. Damn children!”

But in Neverland, he’s a HOT HOT Captain Hook with a wig and goatee (and wardrobe) to die for:


“Fear my tight silk taffeta pants!”


“Hmm, which gun is more representative of my manhood?”

Peter Pan (2003)

Things could get interesting, bedroom-wise, with that hook…


The Conspiracy (2008)

Aka La Conjura de el Escorial, a Spanish film set in the 16th century starring Isaacs and Julia Ormond. I haven’t seen it yet, but seeing Isaacs glower in a ruff makes me very happy.


“My name is Antonio Pérez, rrrroyal secretarrrry to Phillip II of Spain. Hola, lay-deez.”


The Harry Potter Films (2002-11)

And while they’re not historical, I don’t care. As Lucius (I almost typed that as “Lucious”) Malfoy, he’s in a long blonde wig and some Dapper As All Get Out suits. He’s evil! He’d Avada Kedavra you in a second! But damn, he’d be great for angry sex. Or, just give me a comb and make me him be my pony…

The Harry Potter films (2002-11)

“My son is a prig, yes, but I am a MAN.”

The Harry Potter films (2002-11)

“A man who likes the finer things: good wine, purebred dogs, starched underwear, and rough shags in front of the fireplace.”

The Harry Potter films (2002-11)

“My cane is a euphemism. Can you guess what for?”

Which other historical baddies make you fan yourself?


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

25 Responses

  1. Charity

    He is indeed lovely, isn’t he? (And yes, in person he does seem like a nice guy.) I admit, I’m not sure whether I’m terrified of him in The Patriot or deeply attracted to him… you know, the whole murderous psychopath thing not withstanding.

    Have you ever seen him in Passionada? Not a period piece but… well, I showed it to several girl friends on a cold summer’s night and we had to step outside after the food tasting scene in the kitchen.

  2. Karen Hayes

    I lasered onto him in the “Patriot” trailer! (Who? Is? That?) You didn’t mention those glacial blue eyes. He was beyond gorgeous as Hook, and made a marvelous Malfoy, esp. in the last two parts, looking like he’d come off a month-long bender (what? I like scruff). For reluctant hero, good guy Jason see PBS’s “Case Histories” set in present-day Edinburgh, ex-cop turned private eye. The producers make sure that his character gets beaten up a lot, necessitating the removal of shirts (they’re not dumb). Bonus: every single bit of the series is excellent. Hope they make more. Thanks, hadn’t heard of “The Conspiracy.” But I don’t know if I can handle 16th-c. Jason…

      • Isis

        You want shirtless? Then you have to watch Dig. It must have been in his contract to get his kit off every episode. And completely nekkid in one…

        I’ve met him. He really was supernice. ?

  3. Raquel Sallaberry

    My fav baddie here is Captain Hook, because Brotherhood is not costumes and we can’t fall in love with “Three-Part Mike”, judge, jury, and executioner!

  4. Adina

    You forgot “Good” It’s pre-WW2 during the rise of the Nazi party. He plays a character who’s a Jewish psychiatrist, and Viggo Mortensen plays a professor who gets swept up in all of the party politics. It’s amazing and it broke my heart!

  5. Isis

    There’s a western where he plays evil rapist preacher. Forgot the title, hated most of the movie, but he was good, if a bit OTT. And he is great fun as the baddie in Divorcing Jack, though that is a modern movie.

    Peter Pan was the movie where I first noticed him. Those eyes! And I must check out The Conspiracy!

  6. Ginger St. George

    Showed Dragonheart to my eighteen year old little brother just the other day. Reduced him to a sobbing mess.
    I’d completely forgotten Jason was in it until he swaggered on screen!

  7. Clara

    The Conspiracy has costumes to die for (I had the opportunity to check some of them pretty close and the level of detail was amazing), and one of the best portrayals of Philip II of Spain(Juanjo Puigcorbé in the film) I have ever seen, very nuanced, and IMHO probably the closest to what we know of the real Philip so far. (Still waiting for what we will see of young!Philip in “Carlos Rey Emperador”)
    Plus Jason’s portrayal made me lust after a figure of my country’s History I despise (Antonio Pérez) so yes, I recommend it!

  8. A_E_Mags

    Can we appreciate the photoshop skills on that first Lucius picture? I wish they hadn’t cut the scene of him at home in OotP that the second picture came from. Another baddie I loved was Roman Castevet in last year’s Rosemary’s Baby. Not period, but he looked fantastic in the wardrobe he had, he was cunning, and he looked sexy as hell smoking those cigars.

  9. CatnipTARDIS

    I would not have (or at least not have as early as I did) become a Harry Potter fan if not for Jason Isaacs; his enthusiasm got me reading and watching.

  10. Aleko

    Update: if there was nothing else going for ‘The Death of Stalin’ (which is so not the case), it would be worth it just to watch Isaacs as Marshal Zhukov tossing off his greatcoat and tugging down his uniform tunic with more-than-two-dozen (truly) medals on it, in slo-mo. “Right! What’s a war hero got to do to get some lubrication round here?”