Five Favorite Films with Warwick Davis

To mark the Blu-ray release of Willow, we talk with the star about his all-time favorite movies.

Since his acting debut at age 13, playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Warwick Davis has gone on to be a part of some of the biggest and best-loved movies of the past 30 years -- including roles in the Harry Potter franchise, the Star Wars prequels and, of course, the mighty Leprechaun saga. He even had his own TV series created for him by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, HBO's Life's Too Short.

This week, Davis marks the 25th anniversary of his inaugural leading role, in the George Lucas-produced, Ron Howard-directed fantasy adventure Willow, which arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. We had a chance to chat with Davis recently, where he talked about five of his favorite movies.



Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987; 94% Tomatometer)

Well definitely the top one, my top favorite, is Planes, Trains and Automobiles




The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson, 1992; 69% Tomatometer)

Let's see, number two... see I don't know what order to put these in, but let's have [laughs] -- it's going to be a really weird top five -- Muppet Christmas Carol. It's just so good. It's got a bit of everything: brilliant characterization, great songs; just beautifully shot. A warm, cozy, nice feeling, I think is what that film is. And Michael Caine is good. I think it's great the way they used a lot of the different Muppet characters in the story, and they kind of fit with the characters -- you know, you've got the old guys as the ghosts; it just all worked so well. Beautifully done. Love it.




Vegas Vacation (Stephen Kessler, 1997; 13% Tomatometer)

Next it's gonna be National Lampoon's... which one are we gonna put first? Let's say Vegas Vacation. [Laughs] I dunno... I mean, Chevy Chase is fantastic. I love those movies. A particular favorite of mine is the beginning, when he's singing in the car. Just the whole thing, really; I mean, Randy Quaid is fantastic. It's just great. I can watch it over and over.




National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah Chechik, 1989; 63% Tomatometer)

I also want in there... can I have National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? [Laughs] Now this is an honest list!


Monsters (Gareth Edwards, 2010; 72% Tomatometer)

One more, what's it gonna be? Ask me another question, 'cause something will pop up in the meantime.

It must be nice to know that 25 years later, a lot of people love Willow; it's become something of cult favorite.

I know, it is, it's nice. I feel very flattered knowing that people enjoy watching it, enjoy handing it down to their kids and their grand-kids, which is something I hear all the time. There's not a lot of films that people still talk about 25 years later.

Your first role, of course, was in Return of the Jedi, which it's fair to say a few people still talk about. Is there a place for Wicket in the new Star Wars films?

I don't know. I honestly don't think so. I mean, the Ewoks kicked the Stormtroopers' butts and I think that's their job done, you know. Unless the story somehow goes back to Endor, which I don't know -- I wouldn't think the story would pick up exactly where it left off. We're not all gonna be cuddling to begin the new adventure [laughs].

Well you'd made your peace with R2-D2 at the end of the Jedi, so there could be a standalone buddy movie in store.

[Laughs] That would be funny. A little buddy movie between R2 and Wicket. But I'd like to play a villain. Somebody who's really nasty, with a lightsaber. That would be ideal.

So you just want a lightsaber this time, that's what it comes down to.

[Laughs] Oh yeah. I never got to wield one of them, and I'm very experienced in waving things around, as far as wands go.

Alright, have you been inspired to come up with your fifth favorite film?

Okay, well now I've got one of two. Either The Muppets, the new movie, or a film called Monsters, which I really liked. I think I might put that one in. I loved the production design, which I gather [Gareth Edwards] did all himself, and the music by John Hopkins. I'm a huge fan of his music anyway, and his music is what introduced me to the film, which is weird. I look for anything that John's done, and discovered he'd done the music to this film Monsters. I loved the soundtrack and I thought, "I wonder what this film's like?" I loved the movie. I thought it was a terrific job.





Willow is released on Blu-ray this week.


Comments

Typhon

Typhon Q

I like the arms spread out theme he has going in the middle section there.

Mar 12 - 02:22 PM

Logan Atkinson

Logan Atkinson

Well, they're both basically the same movie. lol

Mar 13 - 10:28 AM

Rocky Road Taylor

Rocky Road Taylor

I haven't seen Monsters, but I like 3 of the 4 here that I've seen Vegas Vacation though, blah.

Mar 12 - 03:06 PM

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi

Monsters is a great movie, like to see that on there. And love to see the Vacation movies, although the original is the best. Likes Christmas movies it seems.

Mar 12 - 03:35 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Xmas Vacation easily the best

Mar 14 - 10:24 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Well, at least his list is authentic... and horrible.

Mar 12 - 04:05 PM

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

Except that Muppet Christmas Carol is epic.

Mar 12 - 05:00 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Come on PT&A and NL:CV are classics. Top 5, probably not, but I have seen them at least 20 times each.

Mar 12 - 07:55 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Let me put it this way, some of the movies themselves weren't horrible, but compiled into a top 5 favorites list together uhh...

Mar 12 - 08:04 PM

Ricky Rodriguez

Ricky Rodriguez

a personal top five list, absolutely. This is his personal list. This isn't some critic trying to tell us the five best movies in the world.

Mar 13 - 07:06 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Yeah I get that, and if these are your favorite top 5 films of all time....I have to question your taste, sorry.

Mar 13 - 02:00 PM

bassbait t.

bassbait the monkey

Sorry, Clint, but after that whole "Obama's chair" debacle, I have to question your taste as well, and your sanity for that matter.

Mar 13 - 08:26 PM

David Sturm

David Sturm

Who cares if someone they have never met questions their taste?

Mar 13 - 03:10 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Exactly. I don't recall saying he cared, either. List still sucks though.

Mar 13 - 11:08 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Lots of Christmas movies. I'd love to hang out with this guy during that time of year.

Mar 12 - 04:06 PM

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

Except that Muppet Christmas Carol is epic.

Mar 12 - 05:00 PM

Lee Augustus

Lee Augustus

Both him and Anna Kendrick have rotten films on their list

Mar 12 - 05:23 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

So?

Mar 12 - 08:04 PM

Lee Augustus

Lee Augustus

Nothing, just saying

Mar 12 - 08:49 PM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

Monsters is awesome. Looking forward to Godzilla.

Mar 12 - 05:27 PM

Nicholas Rupprecht

Nicholas Rupprecht

no

Mar 12 - 06:11 PM

David Alves

David Alves

love planes, trains, and automobiles

Mar 12 - 06:20 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Oh my god I love Planes, Trains and Automobiles, "those aren't pillows"!

Mar 12 - 06:46 PM

Rah T.

Rah Ta

"Willow" is the first movie I remember from my childhood..
I keep watching it with my nephews on VCR :P

Mar 12 - 07:10 PM

I Hate The Tomato

Donald Prentice

Willow is still one of the best movies out there. Yes I said it! Val? What else has he done? Wait,.... TOMBSTONE!!!! Can never forget Doc. Besides that? Wtf has he done? Warwick? It's fun to shout 'that's the dude from Willow'. Yeah? One more thing..... Chaaaaange meeee baaaack Willlllllllooooooooow!

Mar 12 - 07:22 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Heat. The Doors. Spartan. Wonderland. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The Salton Sea. And a guilty pleasure, Thunderheart. He's an ass, but he's been in some good flicks.

Mar 12 - 07:53 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Real Genius! Top Secret!

Mar 12 - 08:05 PM

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans

Top Gun!

Mar 13 - 07:16 AM

Jonathan K.

Jonathan Kapp

Real Genius was the best film Val Kilmer every did- for whatever reason, he never did any more comedies like that one...that movie is some classic 80's, though, from 1985 which was the "Science" summer (Weird Science, Real Genius, and My Science Project, all of which were successful)-Real Genius...great 80's Sci Fi/Comedy

Mar 13 - 08:39 AM

Mathew Jung

Mathew Jung

Also the Ghost and the Darkness, which was OK. Plus, the best batman ever, Batman Forever! (do I need to say I'm joking?)

Mar 14 - 10:42 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Better than Clooney, at least.

Mar 14 - 06:18 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Willow" is so light and fluff that it can be one of the best movies if you happened to be a kid-at-heart, but because it's labelled as a fantasy film- it's not even close to Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" movies!

Mar 13 - 01:21 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Heat. The Doors. Spartan. Wonderland. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The Salton Sea. And a guilty pleasure, Thunderheart. He's an ass, but he's been in some good flicks.

Mar 12 - 07:53 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Come on PT&A and NL:CV are classics. Top 5, probably not, but I have seen them at least 20 times each.

Mar 12 - 07:55 PM

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