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George Lucas Pushed For Emperor Palpatine’s Most Infamous Star Wars Scene
While not known for eloquent and specific instructions for his actors, George Lucas gave Ian McDiarmid one particular order for Emperor Palpatine during “Revenge of the Sith.”
McDiarmid spoke to Empire about his fight against Mace Windu, “I was screaming, ‘ABSOLUTE POWER!’ I said, ‘Do you want me to do some quiet ones, because this is a bit much?’
"George [Lucas] said, 'No, go further, go further!' So I did, and he seems to have kept most of it — there's no holding back there," McDiarmid said.
The actual quote, "Unlimited power!" is not only a taunt to Mace Windu but serves as a promise to Anakin, striking at the heart of the prequel trilogy's theme.