British actor Warwick Davis is a bit of an institution. He has built an illustrious career in film and TV ever since being cast as the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi ’83. He popped by Reddit HQ earlier today for an Ask Me Anything, during which he provided an answer to a very important question around these parts…
You can check out the full thread here, but below you will find some highlights as well as his position on the aforementioned matter…
Hey reddit, Warwick Davis here. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some of the greatest sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy films of all time, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow and Labyrinth.
I am currently hosting ITV’s quiz show Tenable on every day at 3pm, as well as producing a new musical called Eugenius!
Alright, I think that’s it! Ask me anything!
You played three different roles in Harry Potter, how easy was it to keep all the characters distinct when playing them? Were you familiar with the Harry Potter universe before taking on the roles?
You have to approach each character differently. it starts with the way they think, then add body language and posture. They become distinct and different automatically, it wasn’t a conscious effort.
Hello!!! If you could adopt any fantasy beast or creature from the various universes you’ve acted in as a pet, what would you choose?
I like the look of the Porgs in The Last Jedi.
Hi Warwick, How different did it feel working on the newest Star Wars films to how it was back in the 80s?
It’s really not that different. I find it just as exciting as I did when I was 11 and many of the techniques used have not changed at all.
Hi Warwick, what’s with the name Warwick? Is it ‘cos you were conceived in Warwick Castle?
Also, do you refer to your own house as Warwick’s castle? missed opportunity if not.
All the best.
My name was seen by my parents as graffiti on a train station wall. It turns out it’s a good name for an actor as it’s quite unusual.
I often refer to my house as Warwick’s Castle on my quiz show, Tenable.
Hello Mr. Davis, out of all the prosthetics and makeup you’ve had to wear, which was your favorite and which was the most difficult to have applied?
The Griphook make-up in Harry Potter was the most challenging. It was very heavy and restrictive but I think it looked incredible. I have so much respect for Nick Dudman and his team of artists.
Mr. Davis, what’s it like being part of two of the biggest franchises (Star Wars and Harry Potter) of all time?
I feel incredibly lucky.
Which Leprechaun movie was your favorite, and if you could pick any setting for a future movie, what would you choose?
Lep 3. I think it would be fun to do a Leprechaun / Pirates hybrid movie.
What’s your favorite song?
Thanks for doing this, and for all of your work!
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. I had so much fun performing the song in the musical, Spamalot.
With well over 30 years of acting under your belt, where would you like the next 10 to go Mr Davis?
I’d love to host a TV talk show. I have a title… ‘Small Talk with Warwick Davis’
What are your favorite TV shows right now?
I am absolutely loving Stranger Things 2. I have resisted watching the whole series in one sitting, instead savouring one episode each evening. If they do make a season 3, I will personally travel to and camp outside The Duffer Bros. house to get a part.
What is your dream roll in a movie?
A spy like James Bond.
Hello. Forgive me if this comes out offensive, none is meant.
I really love your work and think you are a great actor. Sometimes I feel like you are somewhat typecasted into rolls inherently designed for little people. Is it hard or even possible to get major roles that are open and not little specific? It’s an honest question becuase i would love to see you just act in a position. I feel like every time I’ve seen you do this its in an project of your own device. Anyway, would love to hear from you mate.
I am very happy with the roles I have been getting throughout my career. They have all been interesting and I am constantly being pushed creatively and learning new skills. I have a new quiz show called ‘Tenable’ on ITV in the UK and I can honestly say I love hosting it even though it is more difficult than playing a character in a movie, for example.
Warwick, if you could cast any spell only once each day, what would it be?
An anti-discrimination spell.
Life’s Too Short is one of the funniest shows I’ve seen. Would you like to do more comedy?
Thank you. I love doing comedy even though it’s often harder than doing drama.
What role would you like to be remembered for?
Not sure which role but as an actor who just happens to be short!
What was it like working with Val Kilmer?
I think Val is a brilliant person and actor. We got along great, and still do. He is often misrepresented in the media, which is a shame.
Hi Mr Davis, I have been a fan of yours since I was very young, I spent many days pretending to be Wicket playing in the forrest near my home. But without a doubt Willow holds the closest place to my heart — do you have any stories about Val Kilmer from your time on the film and do you do any magic tricks yourself? Thanks and never stop being awesome!
Val Kilmer once broke my pair of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses on purpose. Waited for me to get annoyed, then gave me 2 pairs of real Ray-Bans.
I learnt magic for Willow but don’t practice any of the tricks now.
I absolutely love Willow. I killed my vhs as a kid I watched it so much. Would you be willing to do a sequel even after so long? It would be cool to see you ask the next generation what finger holds the magic to change the world.
An older Willow would be interesting to explore.
Then there’s this glorious moment when talk of a potential Willow sequel brings Val Kilmer (himself an active Redditor) out of the woodwork:
But now, finally, for that Very Important Question…
Mr Davis, if you could choose your last meal on Earth, what would it be?
—CAKE OR PIE, WARWICK?! PAJIBA MUST KNOW!—
Well there you have it. Even Warwick Davis can be 100% wrong.
Petr Knava lives in London and plays music