Ian McDiarmid: © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
August 22, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
148 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/19/05
performer
Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, Genevieve O'Reilly
director
George Lucas
Producers
Lucasfilm
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
George Lucas
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

Summer’s movie-star MVPs: Ian McDiarmid

Age 61

Position Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

Season highlights The Scottish stage actor has played Palpatine in five Star Wars films over more than two decades, but in Revenge of the Sith he finally gets a chance to really sink his teeth into the role. And sink he does, into a toadlike croak that is both deeply menacing and oddly seductive, especially to an impressionable young Jedi like Darth-in-training Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). Seldom has flattery proved so fatal — or seemed so darned cool. McDiarmid embraces the Dark Side with such rich, scenery-chewing gusto that George Lucas must have been relieved that the scenery in this case was mostly CGI.

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