Warwick Davis talks about Maleficent 2 and its role in the Star Wars future [Exclusive]

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    Warwick Davis has been playing for almost four decades. Although not everyone knows his name, they are certainly familiar with his work, be it from his earliest days as Wicket the Ewok in The Return of the Jedi The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or as Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter . Davis has been represented in several major franchise companies over the years. More recently, Davis played the role of Lickspittle in Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil .

    fans have been enthusiastic about the film since the first Maleficent 2 trailer was released. The film is a sequel to Maleficent from 2014 and is slated to appear on Blu-ray on January 14th. Years together, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the bonds that bind them together when they are torn apart by an upcoming wedding. Things get complicated when unexpected allies emerge and new powers come into play.

    I recently had the opportunity to speak to Warwick Davis not only about his work in the massive Disney sequel, but also about his career in general. We talk about what has changed in filmmaking over the years, his hopes for the future of Star Wars, and more.

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    These are Maleficent: Mistress of Evil today. The casting in this film is crazy. You have Angelina Jolie. You have Michelle Pfieffer. You have Chiwetel Ejiofor. What was it like for you to be able to work with such a cast, but also to participate with such amazing people?

    Warwick Davis: It's always a thrill for me. Even though I've been an actor for almost 40 years, I still feel the same way. I'm just in awe of these people. Michelle and Angelina who have had famous and successful careers. I am also very humble. I feel like I'm not worthy. The same thing happened when I was working on Harry Potter and I was sitting at the head table as Professor Flitwick. I looked right and left and saw all the great British actors I was allowed to work with and thought, "How did I get here? How did it happen?" You might feel a little intimidated. But it worked very well because Lickspittle, his relationship with Ingrith, is that. He is very intimidated by her character and slightly nervous. My actual reaction flowed pretty well into that of the character. In reality, I had nothing to fear because she is a very gracious and generous actress who was just really, really nice to work with. When you work with someone who has so much experience, you get so much of him and his performance that what you do becomes so much easier. The same applies to Angelina and Elle Fanning. What a nice atmosphere and atmosphere in this film. You don't get it with every film.

    You mentioned that you have been in business for a long time. You started with a huge film, Return of the Jedi and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a very large film in a modern context. What did you notice that changed over the course of your career when you made a big movie like this? Because it's so different now.

    Warwick Davis: It's different, but it's also the same. I know that sounds strange. I noticed that apparently more people are involved than ever before. The Return of the Jedi was a big movie, but it feels like those bigger movies with the Star Wars that I made more recently. It feels like they have more people involved and I don't know why that is necessary. But there were definitely more people there. As far as filming is concerned, no matter what scale, whether it's a low-budget film or one of these films, like a Star Wars or Maleficent: Mistress of Evil film. ultimately what you do is exactly the same. It's all about that moment in front of the camera. That moment that lies between you, the director and the camera. No matter how many people work on the film, everything is limited to these moments.

    This is very similar, but the effects are very similar. It's about whatever you can think of. We don't have to be so careful when we do things. It doesn't matter, but we don't have to worry about what the team can do for visual effects now. There's a guy on the set, the visual effects supervisor, and you look at him and he says, "Yes," I'll find out. "So, you know, he'll be sitting around and going in a few months." How is this supposed to work? " But they will. Back then, 30 or 40 years ago, everything had to be planned very carefully. Where should the camera be and how would it work? My ears were CG for Lickspittle. It was very important that they later find out what they look like and what they will be like. Just do what you do right now, so I didn't have to worry.

    They not only had a long, but also an extremely varied career. You had your own show, you had your own franchise with Leprechaun You made big films, you made small films. Is there something you haven't done, that you've just made thin, I still really want to do that?

    Warwick Davis: I would like to make a spy film. An action film. I really like the Mission: Impossible films. They are really fun, so I would really enjoy doing that. I don't see myself as the main hero, but as one of the supporting figures that are crucial for success. Something like that. Something to do with cars. I love old cars anyway, but being in a movie with old cars would be really great. I drove a bit in films, but no chases. Why not a chase? That would be fun.

    You have been a part of Star Wars for years and I know that you are a huge fan of them, just like you. & # 39; are part of it. Actually a fan, where would you like to see the series when the Skywalker saga ends? What kind of things would you like to see in Star Wars in the future?

    Warwick Davis: I would like to see Warwick Davis as a figure with a lightsaber. I think said enough. I don't think there should be any other way than as a character with a lightsaber. Because that's one thing I don't have to do in the Star Wars galaxy. I have now driven vehicles. I had a blaster. But I want to be there. At some point I have to have a lightsaber in my hand. I really love the Star Wars stories [ Rogue One and Solo . There are so many of them, so many characters out there, I'm sure fans really want to know more about them. I think they work really well. I haven't seen The Mandalorian because I'm in the UK and we don't have a Disney + yet. I don't want to see it on a phone or on a live stream. I want to see it in full, gorgeous HD. So I'm waiting and I'm very patient.

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray / DVD and 4K Ultra HD from Disney on 14. January.

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