Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant develop show for 'Harry Potter' actor Warwick Davis

The Office and Extras co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are collaborating on a new 30-minute, single-camera sitcom featuring Warwick Davis, the “diminutive thesp” from Star Wars and Harry Potter, reports Variety. It’ll be called “Life’s Too Short” and follow the 3 ft. 6 in. actor in his day-to-day life “in a small world where big things happen,” according to the BBC. Gervais and Merchant will appear in minor roles. No word on whether that other bloke they’re obsessed with, Karl Pilkington, will show up, too. Maybe just his animated, perfectly spherical head (from HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show) should float around, commenting on things. Life’s too short for that not to happen, too.

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  • Taller Ghost Walt

    Pshhhhhhhhh “Harry Potter actor” indeed! I believe you mean “Star Wars” and “WILLOW” actor. [Insert playful wink here in probably-vain attempt to ward off pissy comments about how he WAS in HP and no one knows "Willow" any more.] Anyways, Warwick Davis will always be, first and foremost, Willow. To me, at least. Secondarily he played Wicket the Ewok as a kid (and cameo’d in the Phantom Menace). I think of his Harry Potter work as “Warwick-Davis-who-was-Willow plays Professor Flitwick, whose age appears to drastically change across the movies…” Faux outrage at the actor’s description aside, I’m glad he’s getting some good work, because I am a total Warwick Davis fan!

    • sparkle pony

      You don’t get out much, do you?

      • Taller Ghost Walt

        LOL you did see the part about “faux outrage”, right?

    • Quirky

      Yeah I think of him as Willow too. But my favorite Warwick role has to be his cameo on Gervais’s Extras when Ricky and him got into a fight.

    • Catherine

      I can’t believe they did not mention him as Willow. That movie was and still is awesome. Peck!

    • stan

      I think Walt is just huffed that eW didn’t mention all of the ‘W’ titles on WarWick’s resume. That, and his obsession with WarWick Davis! You should see tree carving – W + W 4ever!

      • Taller Ghost Walt

        LOL. I like your analysis. Although when you described our tree carving, you left out the part where we drew a heart shape around the whole thing, surrounded by a bark etching of Val Kilmer shirtless, as he gloriously spent a good part of “Willow”. Holy crap, I have such irrational love for that movie.

    • K8

      Don’t forget the Leperchaun movies!

  • Strepsi

    Taller Ghost Walt = Warwick Davis

    • shannon

      awesomeness comment of the day award = strepsi

  • Johnification

    Anybody else read this an immediately think of him on Gervais’ “Extras” mouthing off to Dan Radcliffe?

    “You’re chatting up my bird! You’re a specky git!”

    • Madd

      LOVED Daniel Radcliffe on Extras. Also loved Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, David Bowie (Little fat man with the pug nose face! Pug! Pug! Pug! Pug!) and really everyone who was on Extras.
      RIP Extras.

    • Celia

      I LOVED that episode of Extras. It was so funny. I think it actually won an Emmy.

  • Celia

    That sound pretty awesome!! With producers like Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais you can’t go wrong! I can’t wait to read Warwick’s new book! :D

  • Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey

    In the words of a denizen from the borough of Kings; *you gotta be kiddin* about that title. He*s too good of an actor to accept that type of pun. Yet, consider the sources on who the show runners are. Looking foward to see it, though.

  • cindy

    Today is march 18,2011…I am big , big ricky gervais fan…I live on long island,ny.I just read about a new show being developed by rg n sm…but can not find out about it..Looks like everything I am reading is from ’10..??? what’s the story???

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