March 19th 20:00 GMT The legendary Warwick Davis of Star Wars, Willow and Harry Potter fame, invited fans to a Q&A session over his cult horror series: The Leprechaun.
The enormous amount of people attending the chat is a testament to the great actor. Even though the conversations went off topic from the horror movies it was still great to see how so many different people are interested in him. It was scheduled for only 45 minutes but Warwick insisted on staying much longer than an hour to answer all the various questions his followers asked.
For your pleasure I’ve typed up the highlights of the online conversation below.
Dani G: Which of the Leprechaun movies was most fun to film?
Warwick Davis: I think it was number 3 'Lep in Vegas'. The script had a lot more comedy than the other films. I also enjoyed shooting the scenes in Vegas. The shot where I am in the middle of the 'strip' was actually filmed as it happened. People in traffic thought they were seeing things! Also, if you watch the scenes in the casino carefully, you'll see me, as me gambling at a slot machine!
TheEmi1y: Do you think you would have been cast in leprechaun had you not already been well versed in wearing prosthetics/heavy costumes etc?
Warwick Davis: The original creator, Mark Jones had seen Willow, but did not send the script right away because he felt I was 'too nice' and would not want to play such a character. As soon as I saw the script I knew I wanted to do it. It's every actors dream to play a villain. I feel so honoured to be listed along with the likes of other horror icons such as Freddy & Jason.
Eric: The Leprechaun's been in space, he's been in the Hood, but where else would you love to see that character surface? Would you rather he face off against pirates or dinosaurs? I'm voting dinosaurs...
Warwick Davis: I pitched the 'Lep vs. Pirates' idea to Johnny Depp while we were shooting Life's Too Short. He didn't say much. There is so much potential for the character. I think a road movie would be fun. The Lep is best when encountering different types of people. I'd also like to see a female Leprechaun - she's even meaner though and makes the original leprechaun seem soft. I'd love to play her too!
Brogan: Which are you more proud of; having published your autobiography or having created your own series?
Warwick Davis: That's a difficult question to answer... I'm proud of everything I've ever done. It feels great to have written the book and have so many people enjoying it. I am so proud of Life's Too Short as well. It has been a dream of mine for many years and I can't believe I managed to get two of the best comedy writer/directors to make it. Amazing!
JonnyB: If you didn't play Flitwick or Gripook in the HP films, what character would you have liked to play?
Warwick Davis: Snape. Enough said.
Emmett: Was there ever a point in your life like the story line of Life’s Too Short where you struggled to get work?
Warwick Davis: Just before the script for the first Leprechaun movie landed on my doorstep I had been out of work for about a year. That film kickstarted my career again and I have not looked back since. Actors should always have a 'plan B' for those situations, I didn't.
David: Do you find it difficult to balance your work and home lives, and are there any particular intersections of the two which have provided you with great pleasure?
Warwick Davis: I try and keep my work separate, but the nature of acting means you never really stop. I am always reading scripts, writing & rehearsing. I love my work though, so it does not feel like a job. When I go out with my family, I am recognised, so even then you could say i am working.
TheEmi1y: Was [Leprechaun] all scripted or was there a lot of improvised parts to the movies?
Warwick Davis: Leprechaun films were scripted, but I was allowed to improvise if I felt the moment would benefit. It was such a fun character to play since it was impossible to over-act - the bigger and more crazy, the better!
Alfresco Dinosaur: Who was your favourite Leprechaun co-star? Aniston? Ice T?
Warwick Davis: Aniston had nicer legs!
Brian: Do you have the Leprechaun costume?
Warwick Davis: I do have a 'Lep' costume, but the shoes are missing. They were my favourite part of the costume.
Rickon stark: How long did you know that you wanted to be an actor?
Warwick Davis: I became an actor by chance when my grandmother heard a radio commercial put out by Lucasfilm.
luke: What is your favourite part about staring in a fantasy movie? Does it ever feel real?
Warwick Davis: I love working in the fantasy genre. You really have to use your imagination. It's like being a kid again.
Macflea: Which actors have inspired you most over the years and why?
Warwick Davis: John Candy is an inspiration. Such a warm, generous, funny man with great screen presence. It makes me smile just to think about him. I love Laurel & Hardy too. Genius.
Dave: What director do you think you’ve learnt the most from? would you like to direct yourself?
Warwick Davis: Ron Howard. I would like to direct. I have directed theatre and my own 'short' films.
Chris: What other movie monster would you like to see the Leprechaun against? Jason? Chucky? Michael Myers? Any other one?
Warwick Davis: 'Lep vs. Freddy'. I'd be his worst nightmare!.
AT89: you said the role of leprechaun would have been hard to do without the shoes, what made them so special?
Warwick Davis: The shoes were platform shoes with a high heel. The gave me a very specific stance and walk. I only really felt in character when wearing those shoes.
Brett Girard: Favourite [final] death scene in Leprechaun movies?
Warwick Davis: Death scene from the first 'Lep' film. We used two different stages of make-up as my face dissolved. There were tubes built into the make-up so smoke and green blood could be pumped out as I melted away. Make-up artist, Gabe Bartalos is a legend and I could not have done those films without him.
Stevie: WHERE WAS LEPRECAHUN 1 SHOT
Warwick Davis: We shot the first film on the same ranch where Little House on the Prairie was filmed.
ilanimator: Thanks for doing this Warwick. This is amazing :p I have a question. If you had the choice would you rather do a sequel or remake the original Leprechaun?
Warwick Davis: I think it would be a shame to remake the original Leprechaun film. It is a cult classic. It should not be touched in the same way the should not have remade Psycho I think there is a lot more to explore with the character, so that should be done with a sequel.
Dani G: Do you prefer playing a Villain to a hero?
Warwick Davis: Villains are more fun.
Mike: Did you have any idea while making the first Leprechaun film....that this character would have such longevity?
Warwick Davis: No idea that 'Lep' would be so popular. It just shows there are a lot of very odd people out there... sorry, only kidding!
I have really enjoyed this chat. Thank you for all your questions. I read them all, but am sorry I could not answer them all. If you've not had enough Warwick Davis, you can follow me on Twitter @WarwickADavis, visit my web site: www.warwickdavis.com or watch Life's Too Short, Sunday nights on HBO. Signed photos, copies of my book and other cool stuff is available from my Signature Shop too.
It has been a pleasure to do this.
Thanks one and all.
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