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 • 775

  • PaX MalombellA
    PaX MalombellA 4 days ago

    Foreshadowing? 1:06. He may actually have that power IRL

  • Darmok
    Darmok 6 days ago +1

    William Shakespeare's Star Wars would have been a fantastic film. They should make it set roughly in MacBeth

  • Devil Eye
    Devil Eye 6 days ago

    Ian was BORN to be the ultimate Sith lord, there will never be any better than him.

    CORIO LANVS 10 days ago

    he positively did not need that echoe shite sound. his voice is sufficient to convey unlimited power.

  • Felix Lucena
    Felix Lucena 10 days ago

    Long live Palpatine!

  • Wooden
    Wooden 13 days ago +1

    I imagine Ian is in his grandchildren's nightmares.

  • Son of Hecate
    Son of Hecate 15 days ago

    Since McDiarmid is Scottish, I'd like to hear him lay a little Scottish colloquialisms on us as the Emperor.

  • Ryan Rusch
    Ryan Rusch 16 days ago

    That was literally the most gratifying thing on the damned planet.

  • Alex Wells
    Alex Wells 19 days ago +1

    Would love to hear Palpatine sound like this in Rise of Skywalker... With the echoing, slightly deeper tone that he brought to Palpatine in ROTS, Rebels, ect. Sounds so goddamn haunting.

  • Erick Aldana
    Erick Aldana 23 days ago

    We love you Ian!

  • Jon Paradero
    Jon Paradero Month ago

    The Senate: ROLL IT AGAIN...

  • Valin
    Valin Month ago

    People can say Vader is the most iconic villain ever but the real villain his this guy

  • Clinton Cook
    Clinton Cook Month ago

    He must have been having just as much fun, if not more, as the audience.

  • kalel 311
    kalel 311 Month ago

    nuts to snoke Darth Sidius is kick ass

  • federz666
    federz666 Month ago +1

    Holy shit.

  • Blanco300
    Blanco300 Month ago

    His voice is fuckin awesome

  • Andrew S
    Andrew S 2 months ago


  • Sean gabby Baldecasa
    Sean gabby Baldecasa 2 months ago +1

    Emperor Palpatine: DO IT, DO WHAT MUST BE DONE!!

  • Arron Litchfield
    Arron Litchfield 3 months 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 3 months ago +1


  • Coffee Succubus
    Coffee Succubus 3 months ago

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

  • kornfreak78
    kornfreak78 4 months ago

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

  • Zen-Aku
    Zen-Aku 4 months ago +1

    no one can replace Ian as Darth Sidious

  • Brandon Burt
    Brandon Burt 4 months ago

    Holy shit that was soooo amazing!!!!

  • Raven Murray
    Raven Murray 4 months ago


  • Władca Wymiaru
    Władca Wymiaru 4 months ago

    HOLY SHIT what a punching power!!!

  • Damian Levy
    Damian Levy 4 months ago

    Literally gave me chills

  • Remedy
    Remedy 4 months ago

    Merchant of Venice 🤣

  • Elias Lundstedt
    Elias Lundstedt 4 months ago +1

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

  • James007HungerZone
    James007HungerZone 4 months ago

    Star Wars Episode 9. He's baaaaaaaaack.

  • HARO
    HARO 4 months ago

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

  • Fernando Palacios Aliaga

    Palpatine read The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

  • Josh
    Josh 4 months ago +1

    Whose watching this after episode 9 trailer?

  • Genji Jaeger
    Genji Jaeger 4 months ago

    1:19 is all you need

  • Jyapp448
    Jyapp448 4 months ago

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

  • Lucywon
    Lucywon 4 months ago +1

    No one did it better.

  • The Dodger Dog
    The Dodger Dog 4 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 4 months ago +1

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

  • Galactic Rangers
    Galactic Rangers 5 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 5 months ago

      Galactic Rangers glad he’s coming back for IX.

  • Edward Kinsey
    Edward Kinsey 5 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 5 months ago

    I shall rise now and forever dark lord of the sith

  • Awesome Sauce!
    Awesome Sauce! 5 months ago +2

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

  • ChandSlam
    ChandSlam 5 months ago

    Clone Wars Obi Wan talking with Palpatine??

  • The unspeakable truth
    The unspeakable truth 5 months ago

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

  • TheSparkyWriter
    TheSparkyWriter 5 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 5 months ago +1

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

  • Ron Brown
    Ron Brown 5 months ago

    Holy Shit!

  • Jonathan Herweg
    Jonathan Herweg 5 months ago

    I wish this was the real dialogue .

  • Mike & Chris Gaming
    Mike & Chris Gaming 5 months ago


  • Eco Podcast channel
    Eco Podcast channel 5 months ago +1

    I love this dude

  • The Venecian
    The Venecian 5 months ago +2

    I love it! 😍

  • imperfectcircle
    imperfectcircle 5 months ago

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

  • What's Kraken In Sports

    ❌🧢 the 🐐

  • Jadon Williams
    Jadon Williams 5 months ago +1

    Chills when he said the power of the dark side

  • Paolo Vega
    Paolo Vega 5 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 5 months ago


  • Smith Wesson
    Smith Wesson 5 months ago +3

    Your overconfidence is your weakness

    • photonicus
      photonicus 4 months ago +1

      Your faith in your friends is yours.

  • Max Harrison
    Max Harrison 5 months ago +2


    • Ross Mathews
      Ross Mathews 5 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 5 months ago +2


  • aQuestionableQuestion
    aQuestionableQuestion 5 months ago +1

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