Warwick Davis

  1. John Rhys-Davies,   The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001-2003.
  2. Johnny Depp, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2004.         Well, why not a little Willy…? Davis was 3′ 6″ (1.07 m) of talent – every last inch. Director Tim Burton’s 31 other fancies for Wonka were his ole Betelgeusee, Michael Keaton, plus Rowan Atkinson, Dan Aykroyd, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, Robert De Niro, James Gandolfini, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McKellen, Marilyn Manson, Steve Martin, Rik Mayall, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, John Neville, Leslie Nielsen, Brad Pitt, Peter Sallis, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Robin Williams. And the surviving Monty Python crew (also up for the 1970 version): John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Among the five exec producers, author Roald Dahl’s widow, Liccy, wanted her husband’s favourite, for the chocolatier Willy Wonka – Dustin Hoffman. If not possible she voted for UK comics, Eddie Izzard or David Walliams. She was quite happy with Depp… who found Willy’s voice while riffing on a stoned George W Bush!

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