As STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS launched its second season, ruthless bounty hunter Cad Bane was wreaking his maliciously distinctive brand of destruction upon the heroes of the Republic – but he was merely a pawn in the greater game for galactic supremacy. In the thrilling conclusion to the events set in motion by Baneâ€™s treachery, the ultimate architect of evil emerges to threaten the â€œChildren of the Force,â€ in an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, October 9 on Cartoon Network.
After outwitting his Jedi foes and escaping with the Holocron, bounty hunter Cad Bane sets into motion the next stage of his nefarious assignment: to find Force-sensitive younglings and take them to Mustafar for Sith training.
But Bane is merely the instrument of evil, a deadly distraction to occupy the Jedi while the true source continues to plot from the shadows. While he has been glimpsed in previous episodes â€“ and in his seemingly benevolent double-role as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic â€“ Darth Sidious emerges in â€œChildren of the Forceâ€ as a direct threat to the galaxyâ€™s future.
â€œHeâ€™s all the hidden secrets most of us have,â€ says Ian Abercrombie, who provides the smooth and silvery voice of the Janus-faced Sith Lord. â€œPalpatine is the face, and Sidious is the dark soul. When people are that bad, they cannot change. Somewhere in the back of my head, I know that Sidious is always there and that he will take over. Evil often does.â€
For Abercrombie â€“ perhaps best known for comedy roles such as Seinfeldâ€™s doddering Mr. Pitt â€“ providing the voice of THE CLONE WARSâ€™ central villain has been a delicious departure â€“ and a unique career challenge.
â€œSomebody told me once that when you play a villain, you must try to find a redeemable quality,â€ says Abercrombie. â€œI havenâ€™t found it. Heâ€™s cold and completely shut down. So, in my head, itâ€™s stillness; heâ€™s very precise. Heâ€™s authoritative, he knows everything thatâ€™s going on, and so often heâ€™s pulling the strings. Itâ€™s difficult to play, but itâ€™s also interesting, because you canâ€™t predict what heâ€™ll do. I love it.
While embodying the evil of such an iconic character may be new to the venerable British actor, the Star Wars universe itself was not â€“ though he could not have predicted that heâ€™d be portraying the subversive driving force of that â€œgalaxy far, far away.â€
â€œItâ€™s quite something, as they say. I was at the very first screening in May 1977 at Graumanâ€™s Chinese Theater. The first Star Wars movie ever! I canâ€™t even believe it, because I never stand in line like that,â€ he recalls. â€œBut someone sold me on it, and thatâ€™s why I did. I never imagined Iâ€™d be a part of it. Itâ€™s an actorâ€™s dream, playing something bigger and larger than yourself. You can have a field day.â€
And with the outcome of the Clone Wars a foregone conclusion and his characterâ€™s triumph inevitable, Abercrombie can let his dark side run rampant and have a field day, indeed.
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