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Jason Isaacs as Sir Mark Brydon

Jason Isaacs Interview

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"The State Within is an exciting, sexy, fast, intelligent conspiracy thriller," says Jason who plays the British Ambassador, Sir Mark Brydon.

"It's set around the world of politics, big business and terrorism. My character is at the heart of it.

"Mark is trying to stop something awful happening. The great joy of this is trying to work out who's saying what, who's doing what, who means what they're saying, and who's got what on their agenda.

"The beauty of Lizzie Mickery and Dan Percival's script is that you never quite know where you stand. It possesses a compelling complexity.

"I'm so used to shooting people and burning things down, but diplomats are people who try to disappear into the background. I was constantly wanting to kick down the doors of the White House, but that's not how diplomats do things.

"I've caused a lot of mayhem and murder in my time on screen. It's unusual for me to try to solve problems rather than create them, and to solve them with words and not weapons. It's much more pleasant to have scenes with more dialogue than carnage. That is a relative rarity for me.

"I have to say, it's much nicer to get the girl, rather than drown the girl for a change!"

Jason made his name playing baddies in films such as Harry Potter, The Patriot and Peter Pan. His other credits include the acclaimed American gangster series, Brotherhood.

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