Ian McDiarmid reading Star Wars Shakespare

  • Published on Apr 17, 2015
  • Ian McDiarmid reading Star Wars Shakespare at Anaheim Star Wars cellebration day
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Comments • 744

    OCTOPUSJOE2002 2 days ago

    1:20 just imagine if this is how Palpatine's spirit is going to appear in episode 9. Only the echo of his voice soaring throughout the Darth star

  • Arron Litchfield
    Arron Litchfield 21 day ago +1

    I am in awe of how easily he slipped back into character for that monologue. He had to have read that monologue before hand, surely.

  • Coronachivista Goldenyoreins

    Grandpa Palpatine reading you a bedtime story.

    UNSC INFINITY Month ago +1


  • Coffee Succubus
    Coffee Succubus Month ago

    And this here...
    Made me believe that Star Wars was a legit Shakesphere play.

  • kornfreak78
    kornfreak78 Month ago

    Ian McDiarmid is one of the best parts of Star Wars. His Darth Sidious voice gives me goosebumps!

  • Zen-Aku
    Zen-Aku Month ago +1

    no one can replace Ian as Darth Sidious

  • Brandon Burt
    Brandon Burt Month ago

    Holy shit that was soooo amazing!!!!

  • Raven Murray
    Raven Murray Month ago


  • Władca Wymiaru
    Władca Wymiaru Month ago

    HOLY SHIT what a punching power!!!

  • Damian Levy
    Damian Levy Month ago

    Literally gave me chills

  • Remedy
    Remedy Month ago

    Merchant of Venice 🤣

  • Elias Lundstedt
    Elias Lundstedt 2 months ago +1

    He sounds so supreme, I wish I could have such a voice.

  • James007HungerZone
    James007HungerZone 2 months ago

    Star Wars Episode 9. He's baaaaaaaaack.

  • HARO
    HARO 2 months ago

    Alas, poor Plageus. How I knew thy...

  • Fernando Palacios Aliaga

    Palpatine read The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

  • Josh
    Josh 2 months ago +1

    Whose watching this after episode 9 trailer?

  • Genji Jaeger
    Genji Jaeger 2 months ago

    1:19 is all you need

  • Jyapp448
    Jyapp448 2 months ago

    Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh this is too awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Lucywon
    Lucywon 2 months ago +1

    No one did it better.

  • The Dodger Dog
    The Dodger Dog 2 months ago

    He should read Donald Trump tweets that would be bad ass and make me look forward to his tweets!!

  • Leo Blight
    Leo Blight 2 months ago +1

    That was absolutely fantastic! Especially the way he says "Thy feeble skills"! I'm shaking!!

  • Galactic Rangers
    Galactic Rangers 2 months ago

    this here, is about 1000% better than anything the last 2 piles of steaming cow waste gave us. this is what happens when you take away the director and the edit room and allow an actor to do what they do best, just how many scenes did mark hamil make only to never be used. how many times did he say, no no no this is not luke, while here we have Ian being allowed to be who his charactor is and it shows. it really shows what GL gave us. this short reading, is stunning, shocking, mind bending, mesmerizing and a taste of what happens when you hand a skilled actor a piece of well written material. thank you so much Ian McDiarmid.

    • Daniel M
      Daniel M 2 months ago

      Galactic Rangers glad he’s coming back for IX.

  • Edward Kinsey
    Edward Kinsey 2 months ago +1

    Who watching after seeing Ian at the Star Wars Celebration and The Trailer for The Rise Of Skywalker?

  • Lord mij
    Lord mij 2 months ago

    I shall rise now and forever dark lord of the sith

  • Awesome Sauce!
    Awesome Sauce! 2 months ago +2

    He needs to dress up as a Sith lord 💪💪💪

  • ChandSlam
    ChandSlam 2 months ago

    Clone Wars Obi Wan talking with Palpatine??

  • The unspeakable truth
    The unspeakable truth 2 months ago

    i didnt understand sh`t, but it was still beautiful

  • TheSparkyWriter
    TheSparkyWriter 2 months ago

    Oh whoever added the music and the reverb deserves a medal already. Someone have Ian read those books and put them on audible please.

  • karlstein
    karlstein 2 months ago +1

    I could listen to him talking about anything with this voice all day

  • Ron Brown
    Ron Brown 2 months ago

    Holy Shit!

  • Jonathan Herweg
    Jonathan Herweg 2 months ago

    I wish this was the real dialogue .

  • Mike & Chris Gaming
    Mike & Chris Gaming 2 months ago


  • The Cletus channel 2000
    The Cletus channel 2000 2 months ago +1

    I love this dude

  • The Venecian
    The Venecian 2 months ago +2

    I love it! 😍

  • imperfectcircle
    imperfectcircle 2 months ago

    Awesome. The reverb was really unnecessary and took away from the performance.

  • What's Kraken In Sports

    ❌🧢 the 🐐

  • Jadon Williams
    Jadon Williams 2 months ago +1

    Chills when he said the power of the dark side

  • Paolo Vega
    Paolo Vega 2 months ago

    It's amazing how he starts to get so deeply in the character, even his facial expressions slowly begin to appear evil. What a master!

  • MasteRidley
    MasteRidley 2 months ago


  • Smith Wesson
    Smith Wesson 2 months ago +3

    Your overconfidence is your weakness

    • photonicus
      photonicus Month ago

      Your faith in your friends is yours.

  • Max Harrison
    Max Harrison 2 months ago +2


    • Ross Mathews
      Ross Mathews 2 months ago

      @Smith Wesson For some reason this video is the first thing I thought of after that sweet sweet trailer

    • Smith Wesson
      Smith Wesson 2 months ago +2


  • aQuestionableQuestion
    aQuestionableQuestion 2 months ago +1

    fucking love this clip...so glad he's back in Episode IX

  • Jon Paradero
    Jon Paradero 2 months ago +5

    The Senate 2019: "ROLL IT, AGAIN..."

  • CambossX12
    CambossX12 2 months ago +2

    Petition for palpatine to use old English in episode 9

  • Joe Deez
    Joe Deez 2 months ago

    Who's here after the new trailer?

  • AlexFlame116
    AlexFlame116 2 months ago

    I am so so happy to have him back for Episode IX!

  • ermonski
    ermonski 2 months ago

    Emperor Palpatine does a good impression of Ian McDiarmid

  • Anders Graab
    Anders Graab 2 months ago +1

    I have a full body goosebumps!!! It is very uncomfortable, yet amazing!!

  • Combat-Greyhound
    Combat-Greyhound 2 months ago

    Die Stimme von dem Typen ist einfach so geil :D

  • Scooby Doo
    Scooby Doo 3 months ago

    He sounds like the senate

  • Dan Castro
    Dan Castro 3 months ago +2

    He should have voiced Palpatine for the Dark Empire audio dramas as well as the NPR Dramatizations for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi

  • André Maccarini
    André Maccarini 3 months ago +4

    The way he says "the power of the dark side" is just incredible. The man still has it.

  • jannechu
    jannechu 3 months ago

    Now james arnold Taylor turn to read something with kenobi's voice

  • Hokata
    Hokata 3 months ago +1

    For the Emperor!

  • Reagan de Mocskonyi
    Reagan de Mocskonyi 4 months ago +1

    It's great that he's just as much a fan as those in the audience

  • keV Wolf
    keV Wolf 4 months ago +3

    there are only a few perfect Casting choise in Cinemahistory. For example RTJ as Ironman, Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcom, Johnny Depp as CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow. And Ian Mcdiarmid as Palpatine is one of them.

  • Alberto Abolafio
    Alberto Abolafio 4 months ago +2

    I feel so much power when he says power.. amazing

  • MrKarnator
    MrKarnator 4 months ago +2

    Palps is using the force to make his voice echo across the galaxy.

  • Robert Neil Absalon
    Robert Neil Absalon 4 months ago +3

    I am the senate!

    • Even
      Even 4 months ago

      indeed you are

  • Dan Castro
    Dan Castro 4 months ago +1

    He is a Shakespearean actor

  • Black Adam
    Black Adam 4 months ago

    Look how beautiful I am!

  • Umar2002
    Umar2002 5 months ago

    Dew it

  • LoydMongo
    LoydMongo 5 months ago +2

    Ian was the best, actually only good part of the prequels.

  • Alberto Abolafio
    Alberto Abolafio 5 months ago +1

    1:38 feel the power

  • energiamisteriosa76
    energiamisteriosa76 5 months ago

    1:20 Crack!! Genio!! Ace!!

  • Alex Mikal
    Alex Mikal 5 months ago +2

    Hes one of the few saving graces of the prequels.

  • Neodreth
    Neodreth 5 months ago +1

    A simple reverb and no echo would be just fine, they ruined it.

  • PollieBear
    PollieBear 5 months ago

    If so powerful you are, why read?

  • MelanicDisaster
    MelanicDisaster 5 months ago +2

    Ian and Ewan are my personal justifications for the prequels. The rise of Palpatine, and the exploration of Obi Wan's prei-empire life were both well worth sitting through the negative aspects of the prequels.

  • Grandrepublic501st
    Grandrepublic501st 5 months ago +1

    The Senate himself!!!

  • Petar Kružić
    Petar Kružić 6 months ago

    Awesome. Love him.

  • Jacob Black
    Jacob Black 6 months ago +1

    He the best part of Episode's1-6.

  • Kingston Stewart
    Kingston Stewart 6 months ago

    Sideous! Love that voice

    THE INVISIBLE WARRIOR 6 months ago +2

    “Oh come on, hate me, hate me” I see what you did there

  • Legatus Lucius
    Legatus Lucius 6 months ago

    Do the room got dark in the world started to close around like how Gandalf when he got angry at Bilbo in the fellowship I got fucking shows

  • Olaf Widuliński
    Olaf Widuliński 6 months ago +1


  • NPC#967216
    NPC#967216 7 months ago +2

    Was genuinely surprised that he didn’t start shooting lightning bolts out of his fingers at the end. Such an underrated gem of an actor!

    • BlackShogun 27
      BlackShogun 27 6 months ago

      I'm surprised when he said "Is nothing compared to all the power of the dark side" that the lights in the room didn't flash and burst

  • D Pacelli
    D Pacelli 7 months ago

    Awesome but too much echo

  • Crowbar. 27
    Crowbar. 27 7 months ago


  • Whiteswan Lilly
    Whiteswan Lilly 7 months ago

    That was fantastic!!!!!!!

  • William Cutting
    William Cutting 8 months ago

    Ian was the best actor in the 6.

  • J. Hill
    J. Hill 8 months ago

    Greatest thing ever!

  • Wow
    Wow 8 months ago


  • Pheenom28
    Pheenom28 8 months ago

    Brilliant.. Classic starwars was also heavily about the persona of voices. Ian Mcdiarmid and James earl Jones. Those rare moments that the perfect ingredients come together at best time to create something special and memorable. Great art..

  • Kevin Acosta
    Kevin Acosta 8 months ago


  • igig Jdbs
    igig Jdbs 8 months ago +1

    Bravo perfect

  • Divine Grace
    Divine Grace 8 months ago

    "We're done."

  • RonaldoIStheboy
    RonaldoIStheboy 8 months ago

    Imagine Ian mcdiarmid, Andy Serkis and James earl jones reading lines together..........🤔🤔🤔😳😳😳

  • Brian Griffin
    Brian Griffin 9 months ago

    Episode 9 will have a scene with Rey getting angry tormented by who and what she is and where here place is in this story.
    Then deep within her soul she will hear.......Goooooooood......and the cringing voice of pure evil from the beyond pierces between worlds.
    Rey says, "Who's there?" "One who understands you, my young Rey."
    Now finish what I started, Granddaughter......
    and elimintate my "masters" failure
    (Trained by Sidious Force ghost)

  • TheSparkyWriter
    TheSparkyWriter 9 months ago

    Lol he’s so sweet. Oh my God, never mind.

  • Strider Stormcrow
    Strider Stormcrow 9 months ago

    What a badass

  • Λαυρέντιος Ψαροκάηκας

    I always wondered how dark was the Dark side? Like somewhat dark, or really dark? If Darth Vader ever attacked me, and of course i would die, i would say before he cut me down ''How dark is your Dark side'' and make fun of him..

    • BlackShogun 27
      BlackShogun 27 6 months ago

      As a stormtrooper that's how I'd rationalize my death of rebels were overwhelming my imperial base on a world or starship. I'd say something like "Wait ! Let me crack a joke before you shoot me. What did Darth Vader say to Mon Mothma ? *Awkward Moment* I want to see your dark side !
      Eh, that's funny right ? *Coughs* You can shoot me now !"

  • Darth Noòx
    Darth Noòx 10 months ago


  • Roumen Boyadjieff - jr
    Roumen Boyadjieff - jr 10 months ago

    Absolutely fantastic! Genius!

  • Alex Torres
    Alex Torres 10 months ago

    1:19 you know the room went cold lol

  • CJ Maldonado
    CJ Maldonado 10 months ago


  • Даниил Гусманов

    i am the senate

  • TheBaconCrusader
    TheBaconCrusader 10 months ago

    Dew it

  • Harry Taylor
    Harry Taylor 10 months ago

    It’s the senate ! He has unlimited power!