I don’t know about you, but I love the Leprechaun franchise. Well, the first six movies starring Warwick Davis anyway, as I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone who actually likes that boring slog known as Leprechaun: Origins. Davis’ absence from the lead role was palpable.
By now, everyone reading this surely knows that a new Leprechaun film will soon be upon us, titled Leprechaun Returns. Actor Linden Porco will be taking over as the titular villain, in what will be a Halloween (2018)-esque direct sequel to the original 1993 movie.
While Leprechaun was probably Davis’ signature role, he first gained fame as ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, and as Willow in director Ron Howard’s movie of the same name. So, why did Davis stop playing the pint-sized slasher? He offered this reasoning up to Bang Showbiz:
You know what we did six ‘Leprechaun’ films and around Halloween people always watch them and love them. Horror is an interesting medium, I think it’s different when you have kids, you look at horror in a slightly different way. Since I finished the ‘Leprechaun’ films I had kids and I see the world through their eyes and to be in a horror movie right now is probably not quite right, I will wait until my son turns 18 and then I’ll do some horror again.
Thankfully, Davis’ decision to leave the horror genre behind is entirely based on his children, and how becoming a father changed his outlook. In other words, Davis isn’t ashamed of his work in the Leprechaun movies, and this isn’t a case of him turning against the genre.
Davis’ final comment about returning to horror again once his son turns 18 is encouraging, although one assumes it likely won’t be as the Leprechaun, since that’s moved on without him. Still, there are many interesting characters Davis could play, should he choose to.