Speaking with news.com.au to promote Foxtel Movies showing all seven Star Wars films back-to-back for the first time on TV in Australia, actor Warwick Davis spoke about The Force Awakens and the upcoming Episode VIII – confirming for the first time his appearance in the latter.
Q: How did you feel when The Force Awakens was announced?
“I’ve been a fan since 1977 when I first saw Star Wars: A New Hope when I was seven. I think like many other fans, I never thought I would hear them say, ‘We’re going to make another Star Wars movie.’ We thought 4-5-6 and 1-2-3, that was going to be it. I think there was always a sense that George Lucas had talked about the fact that he’d written this larger story of nine episodes, and he chose to start in the middle with episode four, and we were all surprised when we were getting the prequels. For me, [7-8-9] was always the most interesting part of the story. What happened to the heroes that I’ve grown to love beyond Return of the Jedi? I wanted to find out what became of them. So I was excited to see that, to hear that announcements, and then be a small part of that new Star Wars which has introduced a whole new generation to the films — children that weren’t even born even when the prequels came out — and reinvigorated people’s interest in it. Not that it waned particularly, either. The fans were keeping everything going in the meantime, between decades when there weren’t any films. So it’s a testament to the fans, and also now Disney’s faith in the franchise.”
Q: What did you think when you finally sat down and watched it?
“I enjoyed it immensely. I’m excited by J.J. Abrams work anyway, I love his style. For me it’s very reminiscent of the films I went to when I was a kid. I loved Super 8 and I love the new Star Trek, and it just reminded me of many of the great films of the 1980s. There was such a great energy, I think he captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t take themselves too seriously in places and were able to kind of look at themselves and have a bit of a chuckle. There were some wonderful moments, some moving moments and it was full of all the action that we expect, so for me it ticked all the boxes, I loved it. And I think it sets up the trilogy very well. Obviously we’re moving into the territory of Episode VIII very soon as well, and much like Empire Strikes Back I’m sure it’s going to deliver some quite impactful story moments, and it’ll leave us with some cliffhangers as well which resolve in Episode IX.”
Q: Do you have a part in Episode VIII?
“I do, yes. That’s all I can say.”