There are few franchises with as much iconography as Star Wars. The original trilogy in particular has been enjoyed by generations of fans who can name each and every setting, character, and droid. This includes the Ewoks of Endor, who saved the day in Return of the Jedi. The most popular of these furry creatures is Leia‘s buddy Wicket, played by actor Warwick Davis. Davis landed the role of Wicket when he was just 11 years old, and got the role because the late Kenny Baker was too ill to film his scenes.
And now an old letter that Warwick Davis sent to George Lucas after his experience on set. About a year after filming, Davis sent Lucas this:
Dear Mr. Lucas,
My name is Warwick. I hope you remember me? I helped you make the new Star Wars film last year. I hear that the film is being released in this country on June the 2nd and that a few of the toy shops in London have some of the new figures.
I hope this is not too rude of me to ask you, but would it be possible for you to send me the very latest figures and walkers — I was hoping very much that there may be an Ewok or Jabba the Hutt. I did enjoy myself with you and the members of the film unit and keep remembering what a terrific experience it was. Hoping to see you again soon.
I mean, how adorable is that?
This letter comes to us from yesterday’s Star Wars celebration in Orlando, Florida. The letter was shared for the fans, showing how a young Warwick Davis was so thrilled to be apart of such an important film. And like so many of us would do, he wanted to make sure he gets the right merch- especially for his signature character.
Perhaps this letter to George Lucas is exactly why Warwick Davis hasn’t really stopped working for the Star Wars franchise. While Wicket is his largest role in the canon, Davis has had bit parts in nearly every Star Wars film since Return of the Jedi; Davis has had small roles in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He’s a member of the Star Wars family, and he’ll stay that way.
Warwick Davis’ big break in Return of the Jedi likely contributed to his success as an actor. Because besides his Star Wars work, Davis has had quite a few significant franchise roles. Davis played the villainous title character in the Leprechaun franchise, and played Professor Flitwick/Griphook in nearly every Harry Potter film. And what self respecting nerd wouldn’t kill to be in both Star Wars AND Harry Potter? No one.