Willow: Warwick Davis used Mark Hamill’s The Last Jedi performance as inspiration

Taking place decades after the release of the original film, the Arrow The TV series finds an older and wiser Willow teaming up with an unlikely group of heroes who embark on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world. The first two episodes of Arrow is now streaming on Disney+ and Warwick Davis recently spoke with THR about returning to the role after such a long absence.

It turns out that Warwick Davis looked to Mark Hamill for inspiration. Like Davis, Hamill also returned to a role he hadn’t played in decades when he returned as Luke Skywalker for Star wars sequel trilogy.

The one thing I noticed in particular was Mark Hamill’s return to Luke Skywalker and how he went about it. I thought he was really interesting and it was definitely not the expected approach. He came at it from a completely different angle and I did the same. I noticed that Mark didn’t try to play the character younger. He just leaned into his more mature years and that’s really what I did as Willow. I am 52 now. The first time I played the character, I was only 17. So I thought, “Well, let’s not deny the fact that you’re 52. Let’s use that to make this character more interesting, more grounded, and more well-rounded, too.”

Much like Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedisays Warwick Davis “the world we find Willow in is a different one than we last saw him in. He’s pretty troubled. He’s had a lot of dark experiences in his own life, so he has to take all that on. And as an actor, I have to add all that knowledge to the character’s situation and use it to reflect in my performance.

Jonathan Kasdan, who developed Arrow series, was also co-author of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was on the set of that film where the first seeds of the Willow series were planted. “We were on set Soloand I looked a lot like an older version of Willow, with my long hair like Weazel,Davis said. “And [Jonathan Kasdan] started talking about how much he loved Arrow and the fact that he had been inspired by the film as a young writer. But what really kicked it into high gear was when Ron Howard came on board to direct Solo. He and Jon then talked about Arrow, and Jon again said how much of a fan he was of the movie. So Ron and Jon hit it off right away and they started talking about the future of Arrow.” You can check a review of Arrow from our very own Alex Maidy right here.

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