• The Emperor's original Return of the Jedi actor would have greatly changed Star Wars. 1 / 8

  • Alan Webb was initially cast, but he had to step down due to an illness. He died in June 1982. 2 / 8

  • Ian McDiarmid, who was much younger, came aboard shortly after. 3 / 8

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  • McDiarmid added a lot to the character, including the trademark voice. 4 / 8

  • He was also passionate about the role and didn't want anyone else to play it. 5 / 8

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  • If Webb had been able to be in ROTJ, Palpatine would have needed to be recast for the prequels. 6 / 8

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  • But the main crux of the Skywalker saga narrative would probably have stayed the same. 7 / 8

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