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Saga Best Sidious/Palpatine performance

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by jawajunk, Sep 27, 2012.


Best Sidious/Palpatine performance

  1. Episode I

    3 vote(s)
  2. Episode II

    4 vote(s)
  3. Episode III

    15 vote(s)
  4. Episode V

    0 vote(s)
  5. Episode VI

    6 vote(s)
  1. jawajunk

    jawajunk Jedi Youngling

    Sep 25, 2012
    For my first post I would like to post a poll about my #2 fave charecter.
    I chose Episode I because that was the most serious and down to business Sidious to me.
  2. PiettsHat

    PiettsHat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 1, 2011
    Good thread. We need more opportunities to talk about Ian McDiarmid.

    His performance in the OT is great, but I heavily prefer him in the prequels where I feel he gets more of a chance to shine -- so it's really down to I, II, and III for me. Hmm...I love TPM and his casual manipulation of Padmé, especially when he whispers in her ear during the Senate scene. AOTC also has some good scenes, but nothing quite as personal as TPM's (although the meeting with Anakin comes close).

    Honestly, though, I think I'll go with ROTS. Not only does it feature the most Palpatine, but it also contains one of my favorite scenes of the entire Saga -- the opera house conversation. There are a few low points (such as the faces he makes during the duel with Mace), but overall, it's his best performance, in my opinion.
  3. Valairy Scot

    Valairy Scot Backpacking One Pack a Day Mod of New Films star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Sep 16, 2005
    He was WAY over the top in the seduction scene but the opera house scene was wonderfully done.
  4. StarWarrior92

    StarWarrior92 Jedi Knight star 3

    Jul 7, 2011

    I love his over the top performances.
  5. obi-rob-kenobi4

    obi-rob-kenobi4 Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 17, 2007
    I chose AOTC but ROTS is very close. He is almost frightening in that film.

    For a star wars fan you almost cant picture anything other than him when trying to put a face on the worse evil you can imagine.
  6. drg4

    drg4 Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2005
    Revenge of the Sith -- In the first half, McDiarmid seduces us with I, Claudius In Space; in the second, he treats us to The Second Coming of Walt Disney. (The scene in which he, uh....literally dissolves the Senate never fails to elicit a perverse glee.)
  7. Teegirloo

    Teegirloo Jedi Master star 6

    May 26, 2005

    His performance in both are just perfect.
  8. obi-rob-kenobi4

    obi-rob-kenobi4 Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 17, 2007
    It is important to keep in mind Darth Sidious's name, which is the adjective insidious. The Oxford Dictionary gives the following definition of the word "insidious":

    Full of wiles or plots; lying in wait or seeking to entrap or ensnare; proceeding or operating secretly or subtly so as not to excite suspicion; sly, treacherous, deceitful, underhand, artful, cunning, crafty. (Of persons and things.)

    Now if you look at the camera work in his first very shot introduction (as palpatine) in TPM the camerawork says this whole above definition without using words. Just the movement of the images and sound of the music.

    So waaay before you even start talking about his acting (which is absolutely outstanding) you feel the character.@};-

    What a truly great character. One of the best characters in film history.=D=
  9. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    I gotta go with Return of the Jedi. Ian really established the character. And even though Sidious is wonderfully over-the-top evil in Revenge of the Sith, and he steals the show, I think of Episode III Sidious as slightly more artificially evil.

    In Episode VI he's not holding back or pretending to be anybody's friend. He just oozes nastiness in every scene.
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  10. Samnz

    Samnz Jedi Master star 3

    Sep 4, 2012
    I agree. He is so creepy in AOTC, really. He is hardly there, but whenever he is there, he's hauntingly scheming and subtly evil.
    He's great in the others as well, but there is something about his performance in AOTC that captures my attention the most.
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  11. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Feb 3, 2003
    Oh I fear the deflector sheild will be quite operational when your friends arrive
  12. Silas Tri

    Silas Tri Jedi Knight star 1

    Sep 6, 2012
    I have to say Episode I for the same reason mentioned by jawajunk.
  13. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

    Sep 2, 2012
    This totally
  14. oierem

    oierem Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 18, 2009
    Have you noticed how differently Sidious speaks from episode I to III? In episode I he speaks faster, in a more agressive way (similiar to episode VI), whereas in episode III (and the new scene in episode V) he speaks veeery slowly, in a contemplative manner.
  15. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 9

    Sep 2, 2012
    I don't know- some of his Episode I statements are pretty measured.

    "I don't want this stunted piece of slime in my sight again"
    "Wipe them out. All of them"
  16. jawajunk

    jawajunk Jedi Youngling

    Sep 25, 2012
    That is pure Sidious there, I liked ROTS Sidious, but Mcdiarmid looked like he overacted the Windu duel, also acted like a fruitcake during the senate duel. A departure from the previous episodes.
  17. Silas Tri

    Silas Tri Jedi Knight star 1

    Sep 6, 2012

    I agree completely. My feelings about Ian McDiarmid's performances is that he either is amazing or he completely overacts. Scenes like the opera/Darth Plageius tale are incredible, well-balanced performances while the duel with Mace and the "knighting" of Anakin/Vader is too over the top for my taste.
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  18. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 7, 2009
    It's almost a tie between Episodes I and III. Ended up voting for I.
  19. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Feb 3, 2003
    Over acting? Palpatine is the greatest.
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  20. Allana_Rey

    Allana_Rey Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 2, 2012
    III. He's fantastic in that.
  21. jawajunk

    jawajunk Jedi Youngling

    Sep 25, 2012
    Mabye over acting was the wrong use of words, I just preferred the calm collective Sidious to the laughing fruitcake of ROTS.
  22. Zer0

    Zer0 Jedi Knight star 3

    Sep 3, 2012
    ROTS, I thought he was amazing throughout the entire film.
  23. Brandon Rhea

    Brandon Rhea Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 26, 2004
    Return of the Jedi for me, hands down. It's the definitive performance for the character, and it's why the Emperor is so iconic.

    I liked Ian McDiarmid's performance as Palpatine in the first half of Revenge of the Sith. After the duel with Mace Windu, though, I found it way too over the top and cheesy. I get that the idea is that the Dark Lord is finally unleashed, so he's relishing in the moment, but Palpatine has always been more subtle and nuanced than that. I would've preferred a more toned down performance that accomplished the same things without it feeling ridiculous to me.
  24. The Supreme Chancellor

    The Supreme Chancellor Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 4, 2012
    "Not from a Jedi".

    You have to go with Ep III. Thought I agree with other the faces made during the Windu duel and the over the top voice/facial expressions in the pledge scene are ridinky-donky
  25. Arawn_Fenn

    Arawn_Fenn Force Ghost star 7

    Jul 2, 2004
    Do you mean ridonkulous?