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TV Review: 'Life's Too Short' -- 4 stars

Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis star in HBO’s

Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis star in HBO’s new faux-doc series, “Life’s Too Short.” Credit: Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis star in HBO’s new faux-doc series, “Life’s Too Short.”

Life's Too Short
4 stars

Actor Warwick Davis has been in numerous blockbuster movies, but you'll be forgiven if you don't recognize his name.

The 3-foot-6 actor got his big acting break playing the Ewok Wicket in "Return of the Jedi," and he would later star in "Willow" and those late-night staples, the "Leprechaun" movies.

He's most recently recognizable for playing Professor Flitwick in the "Harry Potter" movies (as well as the goblin Griphook, caked under a ton of makeup).
While he's spent a lot of his career in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, his latest venture, the new HBO series "Life's Too Short," shows that perhaps he should have been in comedy all along.

"Life's Too Short" is a faux documentary following a fictionalized Warwick Davis - the U.K.'s self-proclaimed "go-to dwarf" - as he deals with his family, runs his dwarf-actor management firm (where he takes all the best roles) and hobnobs with big-time celebrities. In his words, he's a "sophisticated dwarf about town."

Among the celebrities appearing in the series are Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sting and Liam Neeson (who is brilliant as he explains how he got his part in "Schindler's List" in Sunday's premiere episode).

The series also stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - who created and wrote it (and featured Davis on their other HBO series, "Extras"). Like Davis, the duo play distorted versions of themselves.

Though you may not have known Davis' name before watching "Life's Too Short," you'll never forget it afterward.

On TV: "Life's Too Short" debuts on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

Follow Entertainment Editor Scott A. Rosenberg: @RosenbergScottA

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