Darth Maul: The Voice

Peter Serafinowicz


Peter Serafinowicz - The Voice of Darth MaulThere is little information available on Peter Serafinowicz, the man who gave us that wonderful, sexy, voice of Darth Maul.

The 32 year-old actor auditioned three times to get the part of Maul - a part he feared he would never get. According to an interview in Star Wars Insider, he states the last time he auditioned, he did so in front of George Lucas himself.

“I was trying to exude this coolness, but I kept tripping over things - inside I was nearly having a heart attack,” he said. “I did my impression of Darth Vader for him and he laughed.”

He ended up drawing from other Star Wars characters in creating the voice, the late actor Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) in particular. “I was thinking of the legacy of the Star Wars films and these English baddies.” The results, as Jason Fay put in the article, ‘Voices of Episode I’ - “were the hypnotic, kingly tones now famous world-wide.”

The recording itself took only an afternoon - three lines in the whole movie (far too few for our taste!). A couple additional lines ended up on the cutting room floor:

I feel there is more to this, My Master. The two Jedi may be using the Queen for their own purposes.”

“I told you there was more to this - the Jedi are involved!

Can’t you just hear the hiss of the Dark Lord’s voice in the last one!

Most recently, Serafinowicz has been starring on a BBC2 production called “World of Pub.” He plays one of the pub owners, Garry. Darth Maul recently visited the show (Click Here for the News item).


The lines spoken by Serafinowicz as Darth Maul are:

“Tatooine is sparsely populated. If the trace was correct, I will find them quickly, Master.”

“At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.”Download

“Yes, my Master.”Download

And there is also the “One Truth” trailer which appeared on television, promoting The Phantom Menace. The lines spoken by Serafinowicz there are:

“Fear. Fear attracts the fearful - the strong - the weak - the innocent - the corrupt. Fear. Fear is my ally.”Download

You can find more sounds of Episode One in the Media Section: Sounds.


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[ Voice: Peter Serafinowicz ] [ Creator: Iain McCaig ] [ Makeup: Paul Engelen ]


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Sources: Jason Fay, “;Voices of Episode 1,” Star Wars Insider: Issue 48 (Feb/Mar 2000) - Interview with Peter Serafinowicz, pgs. 26-27.