Excerpt from Size Matters Not, Warwick Davis Autobiography


Apr 23, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

As readers will recall, actor Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick & Griphook) has published his autobiography, Size Matters Not, which is on sale in the UK now. Today, TLC has the first of a few special treats from the actor, who has furnished us with a selection from his autobiography. Chronicling Mr. Davis’ life and thirty year career, Size Matters Not, covers his many experiences working in film, including his time on the Harry Potter films. The following excerpt details an experience working with fellow Harry Potter actors Alan Rickman (Snape), Maggie Smith (McGonagall) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore):

From Chapter Eighteen: Pottering About

There was one memorable occasion when I got to have a long chat with the older and more established actors. It was during a long night shoot when we had to wait a long time between shots while the special-effects people arranged all their gizmos for a particularly explosive sequence.

We were outside, and I was flattered to see that my chair had been put in a group with Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) and Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore).

The four of us sat, in full costume, huddled around a tiny heater chatting through the night. Michael was a masterful storyteller and told some incredible tales with fantastic punch lines ’ most of which I can’t remember ’ and I’ve been sworn to secrecy for those that I do.

It was sometimes hard for me to follow the conversation because they’d use first names. For example, Michael might ask, ˜Have you worked with Robert?’ and then you’d realise five minutes later that he was talking about de Niro.

But there was one subject about which we both were experts.

˜What do you think of these beards, Warwick?’ Michael asked.

˜Well, they’re a bit of a pain, to be perfectly honest.’

˜Yes, they most certainly are, these wisps get absolutely everywhere. If I use my arms and wand it always gets entangled and I yank the thing right off my face. And don’t get me started on food. Dinner is a total nightmare.’

I nodded in wholehearted agreement.

A couple of days later, we were having lunch in full costume when Michael sat down at the table with a large canvas bag. He tied it around his neck and placed his beard inside and then was able to eat his tagliatelle without having to worry about consuming half of his beard at the same time.

How did the lucky sod get one of those? I wondered, as I battled with forks, pasta and hair.

Michael also loved a joke. After lunch one day, Michael’s make-up artist was removing his beard-bag before a shot. As she pulled it away she was amazed to see that Michael had woven a string of prawns, vegetables and other foody assortments into the beard.

˜What is it? What’s wrong?’ the famous actor said innocently.

˜Um . . . um,’ the flustered make-up artist replied, ˜your beard, er . . .’

˜Oh these! Well, that’s just in case I get a bit peckish, dear girl.’

©Warwick Davis ’ Aurum Press

Additionally, friends of Warwick and fans of Harry Potter can get Size Matters Not for the very special price of £10 (RRP £16.99) at waterstones.com. Just enter promo code WD9371 at checkout.
Finally, Mr. Davis is also offering his twitter followers the chance to win a money-can’t-buy Harry Potter prize; a framed set of seven extremely rare signed Harry Potter movie signature cards, each featuring a character he played in the Harry Potter movies. To enter, follow Warwick on Twitter, and retweet his tweet about the Waterstones.com offer. This offering is only available to residents of the UK.
Stay close to TLC for even more coverage of Size Matters Not in the coming days.

43 Responses to Excerpt from Size Matters Not, Warwick Davis Autobiography

Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I love Michael Gambon. Must be one of the only people in the world who thinks its hilarious he plays Dumbledore. Both were rebels and took things lighthearted. I think Dumbledore would chuckle away at Gambon's interpretation. They'd get on well. Also apparently Warwick Davis is filming a pilot for the BBC for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new TV show about the life of a dwarf- cannot wait for that!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: lmao food in his beard! :DAvatar ImageNatalie says: Sometimes I feel like Gambon is more like Dumbledore when he is not memorising a line! Avatar ImageEvagirl says: LOL, no wonder Gambon is (arguably) the perfect Dumbledore.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wow coolAvatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Hmm, if only they'd film Gambon when he's not in character; sounds like he'd do a better performance. Anyway, happy to see a biography from Mr. Davis. I loved his performance in Willow.Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: ohh coool Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Michael Gambon is so much like Dumbledore its crazy!!!Avatar Imagenwrosey says: Yoda should sue Flitwick/Griphook/Wicket. LolAvatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: Gosh I wish Michael Gambon would be more like that on film. Oh well. :) Warwick Davis is awesome! :PAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Love that little excerpt! I can see it now, all of them in full costume having a normal chat on set. And yes, it does seem like Gambon is more like Dumbledore when he's acting like himself. lol :)Avatar ImageTotal-Eclipse014 says: The bit about food in his beard, so reminded me of Dumbledore. I laughed and my sister stared at my strangely. Avatar Imagehprocks2700 says: He's awesomeAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: gotta love warwickAvatar Imageinspired_by_you says: "Michael also loved a joke. After lunch one day, Michael’s make-up artist was removing his beard-bag before a shot. As she pulled it away she was amazed to see that Michael had woven a string of prawns, vegetables and other foody assortments into the beard..." haha lolAvatar Imagehewy says: Mr. Davis is an amazing actor. Hope his book comes to USA soon!Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: I agree with Natalia {ROAR} and the others who made the same point. I'm not overly fond of Gambon as Dumbledore but from that quote he seems the perfect person to play him. Anyway, the book sounds like a good read. He seems so sweet the way he was talking about the other actors. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds great! The book the contest! What more could a Harry Potter fan want in life?Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: i second @natalia!!! he is more like dumbledore when not memorizing a script! how come i never knew about this hilarious michael??? why doesnt/didnt he let that through in dumbledore!?!?! jeez. anyway... warwick, warwick, how i do love the way you play flitwick. and how incredibly sorry i am that someone decided to give you, as flitwick, a time-turner and somehow you ended up stuck as yourself 40 years past. (sigh) that haircut is rather...ughh. personally, i enjoyed the tiny santa claus look quite a lot. :( Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: I agree that Gambon seems more like Dumbledore when he's not being filmed.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It sounds like this will prove an entertaining read from him!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Michael Gambon is awesome! And so is Warwick!Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: i love that michael gambon has a great sense of humor! it cracks me up to know that he can play the more serious roles and still have some light-hearted momentsAvatar ImageToNkS_rip says: awesome. just totally awesomeAvatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Fantastic!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: So when will the book be released in the US?Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awwww that's so great. =DAvatar Imagejngotro says: Wow, I laughed soooo hard at that. He should incorporate some of his real humor into his performance, it would make him so much more believable as Dumbledore. They shouold have had him improv some jokes like that to use in the movies, since he is a natural at it anyway. :)Avatar ImageBillieMac says: From what I heard of Michael Gambon on PoA disk 2, I'm not surprised. Most of the outtakes seem to be Rickman cracking up over some prank of Gambon's. They're old theatre buddies, So Michael knows how to push Alan's buttons. As to Gambon improving, it seems nothing he would improv would be PG. The Chapters I'm looking forward to are on Willow. Mr. Davis was only 17 when he did that one, and Ron Howard was very concerned about having a minor, especially a dwarf, go through a workout similar to Harrison Ford.Avatar ImageAnimalover95 says: Wonder when/if this will be available in the US.? Avatar ImageSigmaKnight says: Davis has been a truly great and inspiring actor throughout his career! So glad he got to be a part of the Potter series, and really steps it up for DH!Avatar Imagebeallgood01 says: I don't normally read autobiographies but I may have to pick this one up.Avatar ImageFifi says: Wow, that is so funny! :D Gambon should be more like himself when playing Dumbledore!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: warwick rocks Avatar Imagegingersnap188 says: You know, even if the beards were a pain, boy am I glad they put up with them because it really adds to the movies!Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: What a super cool guy. I am interested in reading that book. Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: So if Michael Gambon has the capacity (and even the inclination) to act zany in real life, why oh why couldn't he have brought that quality to his portrayal of Dumbledore? Why does he have to act like he's playing King Lear all the time, grim and foreboding, when JKR's concept of Dumbledore was that his prodigious power lies hidden beneath an eccentric, gentle, lighthearted exterior except when someone is in danger? I can't stand Gambon's interpretation and greatly regret that Peter O'Toole turned down the role when Richard Harris died. Imagine the character of Jack, the mad Earl of Gurney, played by O'Toole in "The Ruling Class," as an elderly man and you'd get the perfect tone for Dumbledore.Avatar ImageButterMeer says: HAHA! Gambon is an awesome Dumledore off set <3Avatar ImageJessSnape says: I love Warwick!! He is probably one of my favorite actors (all the way back to Willow!!) I am sad that only UK residents can get the book for a special price... Us here in the States would love to get it too:/Avatar ImageSmitch says: I'd love to read this inside edition from his perspective. Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Loved this!! Can't wait to read the whole book!!!Avatar ImageScatach says: Kudos to the short people! Gotta love warwick. And Michael Gambon makes me LMAO!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This book sounds like a riot!

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