Warwick Davis recently took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything interview, where he discussed several of his past projects, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Life’s Too Short. He shared several interesting tidbits, including his all-time favorite role and the fact that he played Yoda during one scene in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
When asked about Harry Potter, Warwick shared his thoughts on the evolving appearance of Professor Flitwick and expressed gratitude for being involved in the franchise as more than one character.
I really liked the look of Professor Flitwick in the first few movies. He was really quite endearing. The new look was a more spritely Flitwick that appeared in film three onward and allowed me more scope and range as far as my performance went.
I feel really honored to have been involved in all eight movies as more than one character. It was a dream come true to play one character in one film, let alone several characters in all. I would just thank the amazing makeup team that allowed me to do that by transforming the way I looked.
Warwick also played a few different characters in Star Wars: Episode I, and when asked which was his favorite he responded,
I think it was the character that you see watching the pod race, which George [Lucas] named Weazel, because I quite like characters who are more mysterious, [whom] you don’t know that much about, and he’s quite intriguing because you don’t know much about him other than [that] he likes to gamble on pod races. I think he’s my favourite. Although, I played Yoda for one scene as well.
At the age of eleven, Warwick also took part in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, playing Wicket the Ewok. He says this was his favorite film he ever worked on!
Although I had a great time making all the Leprechaun movies, I think my experience as an 11-year-old on Return of the Jedi takes it because being a Star Wars fan, I was literally living out my dream with my on-screen heroes.
He also explains how he used his dog as a source of inspiration for the role.
The characteristics of Wicket in Return of the Jedi were modelled on my pet dog, who used to tilt his head from side to side when he heard a strange sound. I felt this would work quite well for the character.
Also, the food that Princess Leia gives Wicket by the log was actually one of those healthy but horrible tasting rice cakes. And one final snippet, Wicket’s tongue is not animatronic; [it’s] actually my own tongue.
Warwick says there are no current plans for another season of his series Life’s Too Short, but he’d like to do another special in the future.
I was really pleased with the Life’s Too Short special with Val Kilmer. I think it would be great to do another such special in a year or two, and I think that the hour-long format works really well. I’d certainly be very interested to see what Warwick was up to and whether or not his career was going in a more positive direction.
Click here to read the full interview, where he touches on more of his projects and his thoughts on roles for short actors. What do you think of Warwick’s comments?