Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith earned a PG-13 rating when the studio released it in 2005. That, in and of itself, was a shock. The sixth Star Wars movie’s dark overtures were enough to earn such a rating, the first time for a Star Wars film. (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were the 2nd and 3rd, respectively.) It seems now that Episode III could have even garnered an R rating, if what Ian McDiarmid says is true.


During a recent panel appearance at the FanX Convention in Salt Lake City, the Emperor Palpatine actor spoke on the subject. He explained that the studio ultimately toned down a particular Episode III scene to avoid being saddled with a more restrictive R rating.

“I think it was a little more gruesome than you ended up seeing, you know. A lot of young potential Jedi ended up on the cutting room floor,” reports McDiarmid as telling the audience. It seems even George Lucas wanted the scene to be more shocking and grisly. McDiarmid quoted Lucas as saying “that’s what he’s like, this guy,” speaking of Palpatine. “…he’s uncompromising. People should know it.”

Episode III Almost Showed Anakin Killing Younglings

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Emperor Palpatine was, of course, responsible for assuring that the entire clone army would carry out Order 66; murder every Jedi Knight to cross the clones’ paths.

What’s shocking about McDiarmid’s revelation, however, is the fact that it wasn’t a brutal clone scene that the studio shot and eventually cut. It was Anakin Skywalker cutting down younglings in the Jedi temple.

Episode III

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Anakin, as opposed to the clones, had no control chip. We’ve theorized that Palpatine controlled and manipulated Anakin Skywalker in more ways than one. Whether Anakin’s actions in murdering younglings in Episode III were his own, or actions under other influence, we may never know. Notwithstanding, this was a saga of films that, to that point, barely included any blood except for a split-second scene in Episode IV. For Lucas to then want to show children being murdered on film?

I’m not sure how I feel about that. You?

Source: Comic Book