Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid

Date Of Birth: Aug 11, 1944
Birth Place: Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland

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EPA Deane
said at 5:18 AM on Sat Mar 17 2018
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"Goooooooood, I can Feel your anger. I am Defenceless. TAKE your WEAPON. STRIKE me DOWN with all of your HATRED and your journey towards the DARK SIDE will be COMPLETE!!!"
said at 3:54 PM on Tue Mar 13 2018
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A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 1:40 PM on Thu Mar 8 2018
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I met him at Alamo City Comic Con 2017, he's definitely a nice guy!
EPA Deane
said at 12:44 PM on Sun Mar 4 2018
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"Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace...a larger view of the Force. Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. Only through me can you achieve a power greater than any Jedi! Learn to know the dark side of the Force, and you will be able to save your wife from Certain Death."
said at 9:04 AM on Sun Mar 4 2018
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"I am the Senate."
said at 8:45 AM on Thu Mar 1 2018
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Saw what Ian brought to Palpatine in Rebels, he's still got it. The man perfectly encapsulated the danger and pure evil that Palpatine is, even after nearly 40 years since ROTJ. He's got my vote once he's in the VC.
said at 3:04 AM on Sun Jan 28 2018
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Great to see him FINALLY perform the role in any form of animation! Here's hoping video games are next!

On that note... I want to see him do something outside of Star Wars. I want to see him in an Assassin's game or a Final Fantasy game or something... OR a Ghibli film!
Polyester Funk
said at 1:13 AM on Sun Jan 28 2018
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"Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and fully operational battle station."
said at 7:35 AM on Wed Mar 7 2018
@Polyester Funk Fire at will, commander.
said at 7:35 PM on Fri Jan 26 2018
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Rebels has a lot of 'filler' episodes but whenever they bring in notable characters (and their live action actor) it's always worth watching. Probably wishful thinking but maybe this will lead to more voice over opportunities (assuming he's interested).
said at 7:06 PM on Thu Jan 25 2018
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Awesome! Emperor Palpatine himself is finally on BTVA! Boy, I'm slow to notice! :-P
said at 2:32 PM on Thu Jan 25 2018
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Finally Ian has voiced Palpatine **
said at 12:31 AM on Thu Jan 25 2018
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"Wipe them out. All of them."
said at 8:53 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
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This isn't the first time Ian voiced the Senate. He voiced Palpatine for a promotional video for Star Wars Angry Birds II
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Jan 25 2018

Technically though a pig version FWIW.
said at 12:12 PM on Thu Jan 25 2018

Here's the video for anyone who hasn't seen it


and BTS


He still sounds good here (which was a little more than 4 years ago)

I don't usually take youtube comments seriously but one person said that because The Clone Wars was funded out of Lucas's own pocket he didn't want to pay more for talent which would explain why none of the prequel trilogy live-action cast returned except a few of them for the Movie which launched the series.

But now that Disney has deeper pockets they don't mind paying large sums for reprisals (which is why they're usually only guest spots), though we probably can't dismiss the idea that several cast members would not want to commit to a lower paying voice acting gig for several years and prioritize their availability for it over higher paying on-camera work.
said at 5:14 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
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"Ezra Bridger....mine at last !"
said at 2:45 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
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Oh god, I really love how most of the comments in this page are Palpatine quotes.
said at 8:37 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
@Abdullab Good good. Let the dark side flow throw the comments section...
said at 1:46 AM on Sat Jan 27 2018

Even before the rise of Prequel Memes popularity most fans would probably agree he had some of the best scenes and acting in that trilogy (and ROTJ)

And yeah he does have some of the best quotes!

"Use your aggressive feelings boy! Let the hate flow through you!"
said at 2:41 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
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At last, this means he can be added to the VC.
said at 12:51 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
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"I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive." :)

He really does have a bunch of memorable lines.
said at 8:21 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
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Glad we're having him as Palpatine at least one more time.
said at 5:32 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
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"Once More the Sith will Rule the Galaxy....then we shall have Peace." :)

Good to see him come back to reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the final season of "Star Wars: Rebels".
said at 4:44 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
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"I have waited a long time for this moment....My Little Green Friend!"
said at 9:15 AM on Tue Jan 23 2018
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He has a great evil sounding cackle. Seemed like he had a lot of fun in Revenge of the Sith.
said at 9:06 PM on Fri Mar 23 2018
@JPN_Seiyuu_Fanboy No kidding. I re-watched Revenge of the Sith last year and he sounded like he was having a ball.
said at 12:31 AM on Tue Jan 23 2018
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I remember reading that he said he doesn't want anyone else to play the Emperor if the character is brought back in a future film (maybe Disney will adapt the Vader comics one day)

Cool that he at least reprises the role for Rebels.

Maybe Episode 9 will have this in a flashback?

said at 9:31 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise? I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.
said at 5:37 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
@CaptainGrumpy "Is it possible to learn this power?"
said at 12:57 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
@DisneyAnimefan1995 "Not from a Jedi..."
said at 7:22 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Ian is one talented actor and is brilliant as Emperor Palpatine
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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First he played an old man when he was in his 30s. Over twenty years later, he was just the right age to play him as a younger man. And now, he revisits the roots of a character befitting his true age.

The circle is now complete.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:26 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
@immblueversion I was waiting for someone to make this connection. It's kinda funny how this all turned out.
said at 8:50 AM on Tue Jan 23 2018
@Shaun Ince You kidding? The fact that he was able to reprise his role in the prequels and fit perfectly with his age is one of the things I loved most about them, production-wise.
said at 12:17 AM on Sun Jan 28 2018

Playing him convincingly as an old man when he was only in his 30s is often overlooked and quite impressive. If Dark Empire was adapted before the now canon sequel trilogy he possibly could've played his younger self again as well thanks to digitally de-aging VFX.
said at 2:00 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Who else is hyped that we finally get to see him play Palpatine again? Granted it's not live action but it's still such a treat and I'm hyped. Not to mention it's also a good sign that the actors from the prequels are willing to return for the Disney spin offs (cough cough BRING EWAN MCGREGOR BACK FOR OBI WAN cough cough).
said at 6:10 PM on Mon Jan 22 2018
@Soul-dragon But he was also the one who played Palpatine in the original trilogy.
said at 9:27 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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said at 9:02 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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I've been waiting for him to do the voice of Palpatine for so ridiculously long and it makes me so happy he finally gets to do it.
said at 2:42 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018

I hope he sounds good. For example James Earl Jones was still great as Vader in Rogue One but you could definitely tell he sounded older. Ian as someone else mentioned is now closer to the character's age in the timeline of Rebels so I guess it won't be as much of an issue even he's not identical sounding as he was in Revenge of the Sith/Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) or Return of the Jedi.

My main concern is if the voice director overdirects him or something like unnecessary sound effects/filter/layering. Live Action to Voice Acting reprisals aren't always successful.
said at 5:28 PM on Wed Jan 24 2018
@JF1991 I'm very curious on who was the voice director for both Rebels and "The Clone Wars", cause initially I thought it was David Filoni who did the voice direction for both shows, but it doesn't look to be the case. :/
said at 8:24 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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said at 6:43 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Well, I know who I'm changing my vote to once he joins the Palpatine VC.
said at 5:45 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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He finally voiced Palpatine? A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
said at 2:31 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Its treason, then.
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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Do it
said at 1:08 AM on Mon Jan 22 2018
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...... You clever b*****ds!
said at 11:59 PM on Sun Jan 21 2018
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And here he finally is!
said at 10:47 PM on Sun Jan 21 2018
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He is the Senate.
said at 10:38 PM on Sun Jan 21 2018
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Finally he gets to voice Sidious.
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