MuggleCast 47 Transcript (continued)



Is Professor Flitwick Your Best Role?


Ben: Do you think - is Professor Flitwick the kind of character that you would like to be remembered for, or does one of your other previous roles stand out for you?

Warwick: Well, Iíve been very lucky. Iíve had a lot of pretty good roles in my career to date. I mean, Iíve had a lot of roles that are memorable for one reason or another. You know, Wicket in Star Wars.

Ben: You were the Leprechaun, correct?

Warwick: Oh, yeah. Thatís right. Iíll come to him in a moment.

[Ben and Warwick laughs]

Ben: Okay.

Warwick: Weíve got Wicket in Star Wars, who is a character that is, kind of - a character that a lot of people grew up with, a lot of kids or a lot of grown-ups now, have said, "Oh, I used to have a teddy of Wicket and loved the character," and all those sort of things. So, he did have - he certainly made his mark there with people in the world. And then, of course, youíve got the film Willow, which is still really, really popular.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Now itís come out on DVD. Youíve got people who have now grown up themselves and have kids. Theyíre handing on that movie to the kids and saying, "I grew up watching this. Check it out." So, itís becoming sort of a generational type of film, and still, but itís more popular now than it was when it came out, so I have a huge amount of sort of recognition, still, from that.



He's The Leprechaun


Warwick: And then, coming on now to The Leprechaun, that has sort of its own band of insane followers throughout the world.

Ben: Iíve seen a lot of those movies. Those are very good.

Warwick: Yeah, well, [laughs] thank you!

Jamie: I actually saw them really recently. I thought they were excellent. I was sort of flicking through the films, and it said, "Warwick Davis stars as the Leprechaun," so I thought, well, Iíll watch this. You know?

Warwick: Yeah. [laughs]

Jamie: And it was sort of 2 AM and the lights were off.

Warwick: Yeah. It... Theyíre just kind of crazy just kind of - I suggest people take their brain out and put it in the fridge and then watch the movie...

[Andrew laughs]

Warwick: ...because itís not a thinking kind of movie. Itís just: get on, and have fun, and enjoy it. And they are gradually becoming cult movies.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Theyíre showing over here on the Horror Channel now so that people in the UK are now getting to see the movies. They werenít released here, you see, on DVD very widely, so people here were kind of crying out to get a hold of them, but now a lot of people have seen them. I am constantly asked, especially when I go to America, to record voicemail for people as the Leprechaun.

Jamie: Oh, as the Leprechaun, yeah.

Warwick: Thatís quite... [laughs]

[Andrew and Jamie laughs]

Jamie: You - the third Leprechaun film, did you actually film in Vegas? Is that right?

Warwick: Thatís right. We did. We went to Vegas, just for one day though - one night shoot in Vegas...

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: ...because theyíre fairly low-budget movies and itís quite expensive to shoot there, so we - the film actually licensed lots of slot machines into California and built a set in a hotel...

Jamie: Oh, okay.

Warwick: ...in downtown L.A. It was actually the Ambassador Hotel. It was the hotel where one of the Kennedys was assassinated in the kitchen, down underneath? The very thing...

Jamie: Oh, okay. Yeah.

Andrew: Uh huh.

Warwick: The hotel where the very first Oscars were held, I believe. So, we shot in there, and then we went to Vegas for one night. We had no permits to shoot, and they basically walked me out into the middle of The Strip that runs through the center of Las Vegas and said, "Right. Try and pretend youíre kind of hitching a ride," and then just shot the reactions of people...

[Jamie laughs]

Warwick: ...and of what I was getting up to. They sent me walking into casinos and out again, just did all of this stuff, you know, as it was happening kind of thing. And it was - it was fun to do because by then the people knew the character, but I just thought I was going to get attacked...

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: ...by some crazy man.

[Andrew and Ben laughs]

Warwick: Itís - yes, Iíve certainly done a huge variety of different things on those movies as well; itís anything from rapping to...

Jamie: The Elvis...

Warwick: Thereís the Elvis thing as well, exactly.

Jamie: Yeah, thatís right.

[Andrew, Ben, and Jamie laughs]

Warwick: So, they - theyíve been very good to me, those films, and people are crying out for a seventh one. Thereís actually kind of a spoof, a little trailer, on the Internet at the moment with "Leprechaun versus Wishmaster," which is quite amusing to see.

Jamie: Oh! Is that - is that with Andrew Divoff? Is it?

Warwick: Itís the guy - what theyíve done...

Jamie: The Wishmaster ones...

Warwick: Theyíve taken clips from both the movies and put them together as if itís a trailer for a new film, and it's been very cleverly done.

Jamie: Oh.

Warwick: You know, you could be convinced if you didnít know otherwise.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: But people will want a "Versus" movie. They want a "Lep Versus Chucky" or something like that. Thatís...

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: That would be good. That would be good.

Warwick: Whether this will happen, Iíve no idea, but we shall see.

Jamie: I suppose itís the kind of film where there are all different possibilities that could come from it, whether itís sequels or versus or...

Warwick: Mhm.

Jamie: Or things like that.

Warwick: Yeah, you could go on and on, because at the end of each movie, he dies, you see, the Leprechaun always dies.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Thereís no explanation at the beginning of the next on what happened [laughs]. Heís suddenly in space...

[Andrew and Jamie laughs]

Warwick: ...or heís in the hood.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: It doesnít need explaining. It just happens.

[Andrew, Ben, and Jamie laughs]



Other Films


Jamie: Are you in the process of appearing in any other films now? Do you have any projects lined up?

Warwick: Whatís going on for me at the moment? Letís think about this... I just did my episode of Extras. You know? Ricky Gervaisís show, Extras?

Jamie: I do.

Andrew: Oh, yeah.

Jamie: I love - I love him. Heís so funny.

Warwick: Itís an HBO show in America. It shows over here in the UK on the BBC, and itís - and for those people who donít know what Extras is, it tells the story of Ricky Gervaisís character, Andy, who is an extra on films, and in each episode, he encounters an established actor playing themselves working on a film with them, basically. And what it does, it takes the actorsí kind of persona. It takes the view of the audience, and turns that completely on its head. So, what the audience expected that person to be like, itís nothing like what theyíre like. And I just did...

[Andrew laughs]

Warwick: ...an episode with Daniel Radcliffe, which was pretty fun. And I shall not spoil it...

Jamie: How did that go?

Warwick: Oh, it went brilliantly! Oh, it was such fun to do, and Daniel is a great sport, as youíll see when you watch the finished article...

Jamie: Excellent.

Warwick: We had a really good time. So...

Andrew: Iím not sure if it was a quote from you or - it got around the fandom the other day, that news, and it said you and Dan are a lot different from your roles in Harry Potter, so Iím looking forward to that.

Warwick: Oh, absolutely. We are. It takes our own personalities and just - itís not what you expect, and thatís what all the actors do. In the last series, that's what you saw. It's Patrick Stewart doing it. Itís - yeah. Weíre just very different, and people will be surprised and hopefully will just have fun with it because we certainly did doing it. It was really great fun.

Andrew: Do you know when itís going to air? How soon?

Warwick: Iím not sure. I think it will probably be in the Fall, actually.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Warwick: Just they take too long with these things, and thereís loads of outtakes. Look out for the DVD. On the last series, there were loads.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Warwick: When we were shooting this, it was constant laughter and funny goings-on. So... [laughs]

[Andrew laughs]

Warwick: Yeah, Iím really proud of that. It was fun to do.



Warwick's Favorite Films


Jamie: What types of films do you like, personally? I mean...

Warwick: Ummm...

Jamie: Do you like specific genres or comedy? What type of comedy do you like?

Warwick: Iím actually a big fan of Ď80s comedy: Chevy Chase, John Candy...

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: ...that kind of John Hughes movies, I love all of his stuff. So, yeah. Iím a fan of all of that stuff. So, yeah, if I sit down to watch a film, Iíll normally pull something like that out that Iím familiar with.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Iím not a great adventurer in movies. Itís very rare that Iíll - because itís such a treat for me to sit down and watch a film anyway. I donít get much time to do that. It sounds funny being an actor youíd think Iíd always be watching movies.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: But I donít. So when I do, I donít want to waste that couple of hours. I think, "Well, Iíll watch something that I know Iím going to enjoy."

Jamie: You really wonít take a chance.

Warwick: I really donít take a chance on movies very much [laughs].

Andrew: Yeah

Warwick: So...

[Andrew and Jamie laugh]

Warwick: And having two children now, nine and three, I tend to be fed a diet of Disney films at the moment.

[Everyone laughs]

Warwick: Itís - I could answer any question about any of the recent Disney movies, but...

[Andrew and Jamie laughs]

Warwick: ...ask me about the latest Woody Allen or - I canít tell you anything.

[Everyone laughs]



Film's From An Actor's Point of View


Jamie: I try to ask as many people this as possible: is it different watching films from an actorís point of view? Because, I mean, we obviously canít seem to think what itís like to be on the other side of the camera. So, do you - do you watch them...

Warwick: Yeah.

Jamie: ...from a different perspective, would you say?

Warwick: I do. Since I became an actor, I could never watch a film the same way again. All I see is the shots, I see the performances, I see the mistakes - I just see everything in such a different way. Itís what Iím used to now. But, yeah, I wonít be watching a film like you all. Itís quite a shame, actually, because I just - I just unravel it, thatís what Iím doing all the time.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Itís rare that Iíll get so into a film that Iíll forget that. I sometimes do, and thatís probably a good sign of a good movie, but...

Jamie: So, I mean, especially considering your work on the Leprechaun series, could you say that you could get scared by a film now, or do you think youíre so busy analyzing it?

Warwick: I donít know. Again, since having children, I donít watch horror movies anymore. I used to be - I used to love them. Growing up, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween were the films I grew up with. But now, that type of film doesnít appeal to me; although I make them. To watch them, it doesnít really appeal to me anymore, for that very reason, having kids.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: But, yeah. If I can watch a movie and laugh... I think movies are very important that you can go in there. And thatís whatís so great about Harry Potter is it's escapism. You go in there, you donít want to be reminded of the world that youíve just come from...

Jamie: The real world?

[Andrew, Jamie, and Warwick laughs]

Warwick: Yeah. Itís lovely to go somewhere else, you know, Star Wars, any of that, just escape for two hours and come out feeling kind of uplifted, you know?

Andrew: Yeah.

Warwick: Moved. But...

Jamie: Thatís the sign of a good film, though...

Warwick: Absolutely.

Jamie: Isnít it, really? Youíre completely taken away from the real world where...

Warwick: Certainly.

Jamie: You have to go back.



Warwick Is Podcasting


Andrew: Thatís a great point. So, we hear youíre getting into podcasting now. Is that true?

Warwick: Well, yes. I havenít done my first one yet, but itís certainly something I want to do. I very much admire Ricky Gervais' podcast, again. He does a podcast with Steven Merchant and a guy called Karl Pilkington, which is basically just three kind of guys chatting about absolute nonsense.

Andrew: Right.

Warwick: And I quite fancy doing it because talk shows are an area that I really want to get into.

Andrew: Mhm.

Warwick: I did some work at the Star Wars celebration last year in Indianapolis, where I was one of the hosts there and was interviewing other Star Wars actors in my stage area, and I had to put together twelve talk shows. And it's something, again, I went on to do at Walt Disney World this year. I spent five weeks there at Star Wars weekend acting as the host and the interviewer. And just enjoyed it so much and a lot of people said, "You should really do a talk show," and so, that's something that I want to get into. But I thought, well podcasting is every man's radio. Anybody can do it.

Andrew: Right.

Ben: Yeah.

Warwick: And I thought, well, I'll start this talk show experiment with a podcast and prove myself there, and then move into, hopefully, television.

Jamie: Talk show, yeah.

Andrew: Yeah.

Warwick: [laughs] I've got a great name for it: Small Talk.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: Nice.

Andrew: It's a great medium because there's really no limits and if you go look on iTunes, or any other podcasting directory, you'll find a podcast on every little topic you can imagine. And I know Ricky's show has gotten huge numbers, a huge listener base, and now he's charging for the shows, I believe. So...

Warwick: It's record-breaking, the first one.

Andrew: Yeah.

Warwick: The second - even the charged one was record-breaking. It made the most money of any podcast ever.

Andrew: Yeah, it's amazing.

Warwick: They're just great. Every time I'm driving to London for work - it's about an hour and a half in the car - I'll download a podcast before I go and it's better than tuning into the radio. There's no commercials.

Andrew: Right, right.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: You can pick your topic that you want to listen to and they're fantastic.

Andrew: Exactly.

Warwick: Fantastic things, yeah.

Jamie: I kind of see them as bringing radio to the public. It's like amateur films, that's to do with video. Now this is trying to bring every type of media medium to anyone. It's just kind of like that.

Warwick: Well, anyone can have a radio show. If they've got a computer and a microphone, and a little bit of knowledge (because there is a little bit of jiggery-pokery to do).

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Pretty much anybody can do it, which is what's so great about it.

Andrew: Yep, exactly.

Warwick: So, yes, I will be attempting it. I want to do it with another actor friend of mine. He's in London, but using the techniques that you've been teaching me...

Jamie: No limits, yeah. [laughs]

Warwick: Absolutely, we can do it. [laughs]

Andrew: Yeah.



Funny Stories


Jamie: Finally, do you have any funny stories about people who have talked to you about your role for Potter? Or any funny stories on set? Or anything else that could give our listeners a giggle, maybe?

Warwick: Okay. This is a tricky one. I knew this one would be coming at some point because it always comes up in interviews. I should have a stash of funny moments in my mind. Let me think now. I mean, there are some - they don't necessarily relate to Potter - but there are scary fan moments. I have fans who have tattooed images of my characters upon themselves.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Really?

Warwick: There's a guy I met once and he said "Hi," and he looked perfectly normal, and then he pulled his shirt up and had a tattoo of Willow on his belly.

[Andrew and Jamie laughs]

Warwick: It was staring me in the face, basically, and it was like, "Whoa!" That's pretty frightening when you see yourself...

Jamie: What can you say to that, yeah?

Warwick: What do you say? Absolutely... I see tattoos of the Leprechaun on somebody's arm; it's me, but it's not.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: But when it's Willow, it's kind of looking back at me there and then he wanted me to sign it, which was too much.

[Everyone laughs]

Warwick: And again, another really surreal thing about being an actor - and now becoming, kind of, more recognized, I suppose - is that I'll arrive home from being out somewhere and check my e-mails, and I have a guest book e-mail that comes in from my website. Somebody would have written saying, "Hi, Mr. Davis, I'm the guy who was washing his hands next to you today in the bathroom."

[Everyone laughs]

Warwick: "I didn't want to bother you, but I just wanted to say hi." Then I'll think back, and I'll think, "Yeah, there was a guy, and I was a bit worried about him because he was looking at me out of the corner of his eye."

[Andrew laughs]

Warwick: So, that's the kind of thing that...

Jamie: Glad you got away.

Warwick: That's right, but people will often write in saying they didn't want to bother me but they were the person that was in such a place...

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: ...at such a time.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: So, that was always quite fun.

Jamie: That's a nice story. [laughs]

Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]

Warwick: But I've got nothing Harry Potter specific I'm afraid to say.

Jamie: That's okay.



All Fun On Films


Warwick: Just to say that we do all have such a good time working on the films. The crew on that is such an efficient and professional crew, but at the same time the atmosphere is very relaxed and we're all having fun doing that job and enjoy being part of that. We know we are only a handful of people that have the privilege of doing it, and...

Jamie: Exactly. Yeah, it sounds like - the impression I've got throughout all the films and all the set reports and all the info that we get, that it's just like a whole big community you've got there. It's not just...

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: I don't know if this is the case on other films as well, but it seems to be amplified on Potter especially, that everyone's friends with everyone - you can always have a laugh.

Warwick: Oh, absolutely. It's like a family. These people have been working together for six years now and so yeah, you know each other very well. And it is like a start of a new term.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: Each time we start a new film, it's like a start of a new term and everyone's grown up a bit, everyone's a bit wiser...

Jamie: Changed, I suppose as well, yeah.

Warwick: ...everyone's refreshed at the beginning then absolutely died out at the end.

[Jamie laughs]

Warwick: So it's pretty much like school. Except, each year you have a new headmaster, in the director.

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: But it's good fun. I desperately feel very honored to be doing it, because what a great British cast that we have.

Jamie: Definitely, yeah.

Warwick: I'm always intrigued to see who is the next actor or actress that will be joining us. And I feel very lucky because I'm only one of a handful of actors who has come through all of the films - handful of adult actors, I should say...

Jamie: Yeah.

Warwick: ...that have come through all of the films so far. I feel like part of the furniture, actually, now. A bit of the set dressing.

Jamie: Yeah.



Any More Order Filming


Andrew: Yeah. So are you going back to the Order of the Phoenix set anymore? Or are you...

Warwick: I will be, yes. I have some more time in August to do.

Andrew: Oh, okay. All right, well, that concludes our interview with Warwick Davis. Thanks very much for joining us on the show today.



Warwick's Auction


Warwick: Very good. I've just wanted to say one more thing.

Andrew: Okay.

Warwick: Before we go.

Andrew: Sure.

Warwick: I know, I'm probably dragging this out, but...

Jamie: No, that's okay.

Andrew: That's fine.

Warwick: I wanted to let people know who are - people in the UK most definitely, if you're not then don't worry - but I'm holding a charity auction on Sunday the 16th of July, here in the UK. We've got a couple of really cool Harry Potter items in there; just wanted to let people know about it. We have an original Quidditch World Cup Program, as used in The Goblet of Fire, and it's signed by Daniel Radcliffe.

Jamie: Nice.

Warwick: And the Quidditch World Cup Program is not just a piece of paper, it's a wonderful kind of - it's a booklet but it's hugely detailed. I can't really describe it. I was so thrilled when I received it from Warner Brothers because it's a great prop and something that's pretty rare. Especially now Daniel has also signed it. So, that's a cool thing and I also have a Wand Box, which I know there are a few out there but I have one that's signed by Daniel and myself and Devon Murray, who plays Seamus.

Andrew: Oh, cool.

Warwick: And I've got lots of other signed pictures from Potter people, and that's the limelight of the auction.

Andrew: Great.

Warwick: So, if anybody is interested, go to my website, WarwickDavis.com. On there, you can read the auction catalog for yourselves. You can also get details on how you can make a telephone bid on the day if you're interested, or details of where to come to be there as I auction these items off in person.

Andrew: Oh, very good.

Jamie: Excellent.

Warwick: So, go check it out. WarwickDavis.com. Thank you, guys.

Andrew: No problem, thank you.

Jamie: Thank you Warwick, that's brilliant. Thanks a lot.

Warwick: Thank you very much. Good to talk to you.



Australian Phone Number


Ben: To make it so that you listeners aren't able burn the show onto DVD, we're going to cut things short this week and eliminate the voicemails from the show, but they will be back next week, and we have some more options for visitors who are not located in the United States. However, remember, if you are in the US, you can dial 1-218-20-MAGIC and leave a voicemail. For those of you in the United Kingdom, where good ole Jamie is, dial 020-08144-0677. And for those of you [in a British accent] in the land down under, in Australia...

Jamie: You just said that in a British accent.

Ben: Dial 02-8003-5668. And yes, I know that a British accent does not work for Australians.

[Jamie and Laura laughs]



British Joke of the Day


Ben: I'm very sorry. However, British accent does work for our good pal, Jamie. Who's doing this weeks British Joke of the Day!

Jamie: Well, actually, I have a very sad announcement to make. After my last joke last week I got such bad comments, I just couldn't believe it.

[Show Close music in the background]

Jamie: My computer almost said, "I'm sorry, I'm not displaying this e-mail because it's so bad." I got - it was a terrible joke, I must admit.

Ben: Oh geez.

Jamie: But, so instead of going on Google and typing in "funny jokes," which I've never, ever done before, I might add - just to get a joke.

[Ben laughs]

Jamie: I'm going to get two excellent jokes for next week, instead of doing one bad one this week and one bad one next week. So, please tune in next week for two jokes of the day because I can't think of any for this week. I'm sorry.

Ben: I'm going to hold you to that, Jamie.

Jamie: Yeah.

Ben: You better do that.

Jamie: I will, I will. They're going to be so good.

Ben: You will. [laughs]

Jamie: You're going to be laughing before I even tell them. They're that good. You can sense them.

[Ben laughs]



Show Close


Ben [Show Close with music in background]: Well, yeah. [laughs] Well, everybody, that wraps up MuggleCast Episode 47. That's all for us here. If you want to leave a voicemail you can call the numbers I mentioned before. Leave any feedback comments or Listener Rebuttals at mugglecast at staff dot mugglenet dot com. And by going to MuggleCast.com you can view all of our contact information and select us from a contact form. And also, finally, a low bandwidth version of the show is now available. So go ahead, and for those of you on dial-up you can download the show. It may not be as good audio quality, but it won't take you three years to download like it was before. So, go ahead and download the show. [laughs] So, that wraps things up. I'm Ben Schoen.

Jamie: I'm Jamie Lawrence.

Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.

Greg: And I'm Greg Porter.

Ben: Join us on MuggleCast Episode 48 next week. I have a feeling Andrew will be back and some more of the regulars will be. So, goodnight everybody!

Greg: Good night.

Laura: Good night.



Bloopers


Ben: Sorry about that, guys. Did you fill him in?

Jamie: No, what happened?

Ben: My boss came in the room. I'm here at work and he came in the room and started asking me all these questions.

[Everyone laughs]

Ben: I'm like, "Man, you can leave now."

Warwick: [laughs] Did you tell him what you were doing? You couldn't, though, because you'd get into trouble.

Ben: Well, he probably would have - I should have said, "You know that guy from the Leprechaun," and he would have been like, "Oh yeah!"

Warwick: Yeah [laughs], I could have chuckled. [Leprechaun laugh] And done the noises.

[Jamie laughs]

Ben: Yeah, do some of the noises man.



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