Excerpt from Size Matters Not, Warwick Davis Autobiography
April 23, 2010, 02:23 PM
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
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.
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!
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.
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:/