Sunday, September 5, 2010


No doubt about it, British thespian Ian McDiarmid was one of the greatest bonuses to the STAR WARS saga that you could ever get, especially for the Prequels when playing the almost Shakespearian dual roles of the vicious Darth Sidious and the benign, ever so friendly Supreme Chancellor Paplatine. Here's a great posed shot of him taken for EPISODE III of his Palpatine character wearing a terrific costume by Trisha Biggar for a scene ultimately deleted, where the evil ruler of the universe sows the seeds of doubt and loyalty into Anakin about his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the rumours/possibility that he is under the corrupting influence of the young Jedi's secret wife, Padme. This OTHELLO-like dramatic situation, full of lies and false whispers, would have been a great little bit of extra angst for Anakin in his final push to the Dark Side-and for his fateful, soul destroying meeting with Padme on Mustafa. Its a shame we never saw it in the final cut, or on the DVD release.

Blu-ray, please, Mister George!

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