Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April Title-Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis

Who else can say that they've helped destroy a Death Star? Defeated an evil sorceress? Taught magic to Harry Potter? Become a Jedi Master? Reluctantly hitchhiked across the galaxy in search of the answer to the Ultimate Question? Or embarked (six times, no less) on a psychotic killing spree as a gold-obsessed leprechaun? Been kicked in the face by Ricky Gervais (twenty-three times)?

Despite (or indeed partly because of) the fact that Warwick Davis is three-foot-six, he has enjoyed an incredible and versatile career in film. In his own wise and witty words, Davis recounts his experiences, from his breakthrough role as Wicket the Ewok in the incomparable Star Wars franchise when he was only eleven through to his more recent characters, including Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter films.

Always focusing on the opportunities that his condition has given him, whilst simultaneously recalling the difficulties that have arisen and how he has overcome them in a relatable and realistic way, Davis' narrative style is engaging, thought-provoking and very funny. With a touching foreword by George Lucas, and anecdotes featuring various famous figures ranging from Michael Jackson to David Bowie to Princess Diana, Size Matters Not proves that good things really do come in small packages...

From the top: At the Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince premiere; during the shooting of Willow (courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd); with family as Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; with Michael Jackson whilst making Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Available now as a hardback priced at £16.99, don't miss out on this Force of nature!

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