Ian McDiarmid’s panel at New York Comic Con was absolutely charming, full of warmth and plenty of interesting facts and tidbits from our favorite galaxy far, far away. But one story in particular caught the audience, and that was how he got the part of Emperor Palpatine. We’ve got the whole tale right here, word for word.
Regardless of how you feel about Star Wars and George Lucas at this point, there is no question (at least in my mind) that Ian McDiarmid was and is the right guy to be Palpatine. It is obvious he plays the role with relish. And in any event, it’s a fun story.