Before They Were Stars: Ian McDiarmid in “Macbeth”

Continuing our Star Wars-themed “Before They Were Stars” features, here’s some footage of a pre-Emperor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid, who started out his career as a noted stage actor and performed a lot of Shakespeare, including the role of the drunken porter in this 1978 production of Macbeth. This particular production had quite the first-rate cast, with Sir Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. You might also recognize the actor playing Macduff in this scene as Bob Peck, best known for playing the Robert Muldoon, the game warden in Jurassic Park. So I guess you could call this a Macbeth production for pop culture geeks, as the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, James Bond and Jurassic Park franchises all got representation here.

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