Warwick Davis - I was paid £60 a day for playing an Ewok in Star Wars

Diminutive actor says that he would have done the work for free and remains eternally grateful to George Lucas for helping kickstart his career

Warwick Davis - I was paid £60 a day for playing an Ewok in Star Wars
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Ben Dowell

Dwarf actor Warwick Davis has said that he was paid just £60 a day for playing Wicket the Ewok in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.

However the diminutive performer insists that he remains grateful for what was his first paid job and one which has given him a cult status among fans of the George Lucas films and beyond.

“I was paid £60 a day for being able to live out my dream,” he told the Sunday Telegraph. “My mum and dad were my agents and we were dealing with Lucasfilm, a very respectable company, so if there was any negotiating to be done, I was looked after properly.

“Looking back, £60 was an absolute fortune, but it wasn’t as important as the thrill of meeting Luke Skywalker. Money didn’t even enter my head, as I’d have done it without being paid.”

The actor who starred in the Ricky Gervais comedy Life’s Too Short as well as playing charms master Filius Flitwick in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has said that he would not change a thing about his stature.

“It’s the sole reason that I do what I do because it gave me my big break when I was 11, when my grandmother heard a radio commercial appealing for short people to audition for Return of the Jedi,” he reveals.

“I played an Ewok in two other projects after Star Wars, then a goblin in Labyrinth. It’s been very important and being short is still my USP, but I hope it’s become a bit more than that. When I drop, it would be lovely if people know me as an actor who just happened to be short. But if I had my life again, I’d still choose to be short.”


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