Star Wars’ Ian McDiarmid Responds To One Of Fans’ Biggest Gripes About The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid has defended the decision to bring back Emperor Palpatine for the latest installment in the Skywalker saga.

The Rise Of Skywalker proved to be one of the most controversial Star Wars films when it was released in 2019, with the shocking return of the Sith Lord – although he apparently met his demise in Return Of The Jedi – among the many complaints from fans.

“It was good to know that I wasn’t dead. Well, he wouldn’t be, would he? Ian said during a recent panel, as reported by /Film.

“A lot of people said, ‘You can’t bring him back, he was dead! Did you see that fall? How could anyone survive that?’ Sorry. He is the Emperor of the Universe.

Ian McDiarmid at the premiere of The Rise Of Skywalker in 2019
Ian McDiarmid at the premiere of The Rise Of Skywalker in 2019

He continued: “Either way, no one will tell me that he wouldn’t have had a plan B if someone – however unlikely he might think – managed to half-destroy him.

“And of course he had the best team of surgeons in the operational department, they were very small but they were very thorough, you may remember from the film. And he had the best money could buy, what law enforcement could produce. And he also had this wonderful galactic wheelchair, which was a huge plus.

According to /Film, Ian then revealed that his character was originally supposed to have looked “worse for wear” in The Rise Of Skywalker, which would have made sense after what he had been through.

However, these design plans – which apparently included “a bad arm and tubes sticking out of his head” – were eventually scrapped in order to make “the sophisticated machinery that holds the Emperor together less visible”.

Although he apparently met his end in Return Of The Jedi, Palpatine returned in The Rise Of Skywalker
Although he apparently met his end in Return Of The Jedi, Palpatine returned in The Rise Of Skywalker

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Since the end of the last Star Wars trilogy, the franchise has launched a series of new TV spin-offs, which are available to stream on Disney+.

In addition to The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett, Ewan McGregor is currently leading a new show on Obi-Wan Kenobi, which launched on Friday.

It has also been announced that the next movie released under the Star Wars umbrella will be directed by Taika Waititi and will hit theaters in 2023.

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