Gervais And Merchant Putting Warwick Davis On TV
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are a proven comedy writing and production team. They brought the original of The Office, Extras, and more recently introduced us to Karl Pilkington in HBO's animated The Ricky Gervais Show. Now they're looking at Warwick Davis, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Davis is an actor, and a little person, best known for his roles in Willow, the Leprachaun series and perhaps the Harry Potter films, though he was under a lot of makeup in the latter. He was the ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi as well, but that was a full-on costume. Now, Gervais and Merchant are developing Life's Too Short, a half-hour single-camera sitcom that will follow Warwick in his day-to-day life.
Considering the pair have mastered awkward and inappropriate in their earlier work, I should imagine Life's Too Short will be offensive and uncomfortable for many viewers. It will also likely be quite brilliant. Gervais and Merchant have even written minor roles for themselves. I would imagine some comedy could be found in the physical size difference between the 3'6" Warwick and the 6'7" Merchant just by having them interact on the screen together.
The production is for the BBC, though with the talent attached I'd say it's a fair bet it will make it stateside as well. There's no word on when the project might be ready for air.
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