"Hi! Believe it or not, I'm a world famous actor. No really, I am. Let me explain…. You may not recognize my name - or my face for that matter - but it's very likely you've seen me at work. I've managed to cram quite a bit into my 30-year acting career. In fact, I've helped put more bums on cinema seats than Will Smith or Tom Hanks. Who else can say that they've helped destroy a Death Star? Defeated an evil sorceress? Taught magic to Harry Potter? Become a Jedi Master? Reluctantly hitchhiked across the galaxy in search of the answer to the Ultimate Question? Or embarked (six times, no less) on a psychotic killing spree as a gold-obsessed leprechaun?
"I've also performed in a jazz club with the late, great Ray Charles, been kicked in the head by Ricky Gervais (23 times), and have successfully navigated the Peterborough one-way system on more than one occasion. You may also have noticed that, at three-foot-six, I am ever so slightly below average height. My genes are arranged in a vaguely peculiar manner, which means I have a disorder that no one can pronounce (spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita - go on, try!) and very few people understand. This has thrown up its own trials and tribulations - particularly when my wife and I tried to start a family - but also in an everyday kind of way: surviving a supermarket shopping trip, getting into fights with drunks, that sort of thing.
"So, without further preamble - except to add that George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Ron Howard, Ricky Gervais (amongst others) have chipped in - I urge you, discerning listener, to download and discover what life is like when it really is too short. At the very least, George Lucas will finally explain why there really is no underwear in space - and who wouldn't want to know that?"
©2010 Warwick Davis (P)2011 AudioGO
After going on a "Leprechaun" bender with friends, we really came to appreciate the relentless enthusiasm and commitment of Warwick Davis to his character, despite the absurdity and decreasing sanity of the franchise. I was vaguely aware that Davis had had a few other A-list movie roles and after discovering that he's been in all of my favorite movies, I couldn't *not* read his auto-biography!
And it was even better than I had expected. Mr. Davis' writers voice is kind, direct, unpretentious and full of natural wonder. As he describes his entry into the world of acting the listener can't help but be swept away by his enthusiasm and excitement. All of the behind-the-scenes descriptions of Star Wars are a delight and before long you find yourself really rooting for him and enjoying such a splendid career unfolding for such a hardworking actor.
Davis shares his obstacles and challenges as an actor and as a little person without candy coating, yet rarely voices an unkind word about his colleagues - a real class act.
The behind-the-scenes stories about Leprechaun were almost as funny as the films themselves. And the post-epilogue story about his last day on set of Harry Potter was so heart-warming. I imagine it's rare for an actor to also be a talented storyteller, so this memoir far exceeded my expectations.
Recommended for fans of any sci-fi / fantasy / comedy-horror in which Warwick Davis has acted. A treat both as a fan of Warwick Davis' work and the films he helped bring to life.
Davis shares his triumphs and heart aches. He is engaging, even arresting, in his performance. Worthwhile and entertaining read. Reommended.
Don't know, never saw the print.
To Warwick. I've been a fan of yours since Willow. It remains my all time favorite movie. You tell George that Willow 2 would most definitely NOT need to be recast. What a ridiculous notion. Elora Danon grew up. Now she has to save the kingdom or some such adventure and needs the help of her old friends. Willow, now the high Aldwin, Sorsha and Madmartigan, wherever they got off to. Just cast a 25 year old redhead for Elora, and the rest of you guys are just right! Why overthink it or change what was great chemistry. The willow fantasy universe was one of the most rich of the magical realms put onto film and it so much deserves to live on. But not without you. Recast my ass. Has he lost touch?... oh wait, the prequels... well, talk to Ron. OK OK, I had to get that off my chest. Love that vid with you out walking the countryside. What a riot. And congrats on the show. I'm waiting for season 2 on dvd. You've had an amazing life and I hope to see more of you.
Professor who enjoys mysteries, historical romance and fantasy and any combination of the three. Favorites : Austen, Tolkien, Butcher
Interesting, Humble & Uplifting
Although I enjoy celebrity bios this story is different from the others I've read.
He did a great job of being Warwick Davis.
If you loved Willow and grew up in the late 70's and 80's you will enjoy this book.
Warwicks tales of on set life and the relationships he had with Ricky Gervais, I especially liked the on set birthday surprise.
The time when they are struggling with their new child and worrying they he might not make it, especially after the loss of their first child.
Not the type of book I would normally listen to, but when I saw it I thought it might be interesting. This was an excellent listen and I highly recommend it.
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