And that role gave him the opportunity to work with Oscar-winner Helena Bonham Carter.
But when he got to set, Davis realized that he was merely a stand-in for an absent child actor. Things steadily continued to go downhill from there.
Bonham Carter played a brilliantly ghastly version of herself who not only refused to acknowledge Davis as a person, she also decided that she couldn't work with him because of the way he looked.
As she regarded him in his ridiculous "Little Lord Fauntleroy" velvet ensemble, Bonham Carter sighed, "It's really hard to act opposite this, given the way it looks."
Eventually, the director acquiesced to her outrageous demands and Davis was replaced by a trash can with a face painted on it.
"Life's Too Short" airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. EST on HBO.
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