Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?
– Chancellor Palpatine, Revenge of the Sith
Today we celebrate Michael Byrne at his 36th birthday (born 1979)
Michael Byrne was born in Ipswich, Australia and was the stunt double for Ian McDiarmid/Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
Michael Byrne came from Sydney Stage Combat Scool and was the combat assistant to Kyle Rowling (stunt double Christopher Lee).
Because I had the great good fortune to have a brilliant stunt double, he was called Michael Byrne, who did all the really serious work. I had to learn the moves, so that they could cut away and the close-ups looked convincing and so on, but all the skill really was Michael’s and not mine.
/ Ian McDiarmid