Supreme Chancellor Palpatine or Darth Sidious, I presume…


was born and bred on the planet Naboo in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. He attended elite schools from the house Palpatine.

Sadly, he never quite “fit in” to Nabooian society. He was reckless, always getting into trouble, he was a troubled boy and his aspirations were low.

Then a strange Muun named Hego Damask approached him and offered him a different path…

That path was the way of the Sith…

In time he learned many things including great calm, essentially hiding his real being to what was called, “the profane world”, so that the grand plan of the Sith could be manifested.

He first became a Senator of Naboo in the Old Galactic Republic Senate. He had to convince the Queen Padme Amidala to vote of no confidence in Supreme Chancellor Valorum on the taxing of trade routes. Subsequently, the Trade Federation held an embargo on Naboo and the Jedi were sent in to negotiate.

It was then he learned of a little boy strong in the Force named, Anakin Skywalker.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was decisive and dictatorial. He often made independent decisions without consulting the body politic. It frustrated the Senators, one of them now being Padme Amidala. But when her life was threatened key vote for militarization, he demanded her to be saved by some “old friends of hers”, Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker his padawan.

Then it was realized that part of the Galactic Republic was being torn apart by planets who were seceding and forming a new Galactic government called the Confederacy of Independent Systems, led by a former Jedi named Count Dooku of the planet Serenno.

A decision had to be made and somehow it was discovered that the Republic had placed an order of clones for a “Grand Army of the Republic” to fight a civil war in the Galaxy. It was dubbed, the Clone Wars.

The Clone Wars is where SWAG 77 is mostly directing the character, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine or Darth Sidious.  From the reading of several novels, comics and reviewing the movies and televisions shows, we have learned key ways to perform Palpatine on social media entertainment.

During the Clone Wars he was guarded and hidden. He was beneficent, though he was a very evil man as a Sith Lord. He used the “art of the small” to suppress his Dark Side presence (Darth Plagueis novel) that took nearly 30 years to perfect.

While performing him actively, we have learned key character attributes: Keep him laughing, make him chuckle and laugh at all things, use subterfuge and subvert what anyone says with a pleasant smile on the face; and always keep him courteous because it throws the Jedi off from pursuing him.

Images that are preferred are from the Clone Wars, but since the actor, Ian McDiarmid has always been identifiable as Palpatine (Darth Sidious) we include those actively in our performances. Unfortunately, in 2012, the actor who voiced the animated Palpatine, Ian Ambercrombie passed. It is unknown who will voice Palpatine. It is suspected that it will be Ian McDiarmid, but that is unclear at the moment. When SWAG77 attended Star Wars Celebration VI, more will be known as he will be there and well will report it to you our fans immediately!



SWAG 77 note:

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine ~ Darth Sidious will be a featured character at the SWAG 77 Fan Table at Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration 6


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