Warwick Davis on new documentary “Modern Times”, opportunity, and life
Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) is a great friend of ours here at MuggleNet. He’s going to be at MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum in April and appeared on the live MuggleNet Live! Q&A last Sunday to discuss the event. Just today MuggleNet Live! announced an add-on event, in partnership with Warwick’s company, the Signature Shop.
So it’s no surprise that we look forward to everything that Warwick does. In a new interview, Warwick talks about an upcoming documentary that he is a part of, called Modern Times, and reflects on the opportunities he has been given throughout his career.
On the opportunities that have been presented to him, Warwick says,
These past couple of years, the doors just seem to have been thrown open wide. When I present Celebrity Squares, I fully appreciate that I’ve been allowed to do that – when I think of all [of] the doors I’ve knocked on, and now people are saying, ‘yeah, all right, Warwick, you can host this show.’
Warwick also speaks about his dwarfism and some of the problems he faces:
Well, as you get older, it gets worse. Your joints, for a start. My hips are dislocated, so they’re sitting out here. Very painful knees. I had surgery on my feet when I was very young. There’s a risk of retinal detachment, but I know the signs now. And then, yeah, you wake up, the alarm goes, it takes a good half hour to get moving; we’re both like, ‘Uggggh.’ Imagine the worst flu you’ve had, every day – it’s like that.
Warwick later says,
Being angry would be a waste of time. A waste of the life that you do have. Yes, between the two of us, I suppose there are moments where sometimes, we just go, aargh – everything is that little bit more difficult. But I only get angry about twice a year.
The Modern Times documentary follows Warwick’s
attempt to put on a touring show featuring only short actors in mainstream parts that make no reference to their height, perhaps in the hope of expanding his club beyond a membership of one.
On the cost of putting on a play, Warwick states,
We’re used to hospitals. But goodness me, you wouldn’t believe how much it costs to put on a play. Every ten pounds starts to matter. You become so tight because everything you spend equates to another ticket sale.
Read the full interview here. Modern Times: Warwick Davis’s Big Night airs in the UK on February 5 on BBC.
In other news, Warwick recently became a patron of the Chester Adult Phab charity.
is a thriving volunteer-led social club for people with and without disabilities,
The chair of the charity, Lynda Hesketh, said,
We are overjoyed Warwick has agreed to support our club. We are looking forward to working with him; we hope his support will encourage more people to join Chester Phab, an amazing organisation transforming many people’s lives, including my own.
Are you going to be watching Modern Times? Are you looking forward to seeing Warwick at MuggleNet Live!? Let us know in the comments!