Star wars actor talks death of Admiral Ackbar and how it left him upset with The Last Jedi. He felt that his role was a “big joke”.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, came out in 2017. Puppeteer Tim Rose, 62, who played the role of the fictional Admiral Ackbar revealed his opinion on the death of his character. He expressed his frustration to YouTuber Jamie Stangroom in a recent interview.
The puppeteer admitted that the death of Admiral Ackbar should have been more dramatic. He felt that the off screen end to his character made it seem as a less important role.
He said “After waiting 30 years to reprise Ackbar I was a little disappointed with Ackbar’s role in that picture.”. In addition, he said “So in The Last Jedi, I was quite looking forward to maybe them giving him something more juicy.”
He hoped that the famous fictional character would be a little more involved onscreen, “We were only given the script on the day when we were shooting that piece of script, so each day I would come to work going, ‘Is today the day when Ackbar gets something a bit more involving?”
The Star Wars actor continued “I was actually in tears in the suit because I thought – after everything, after hoping there’d be something, after knowing there wasn’t going to be anything else, Ackbar’s final moment before he went in to the box was a big joke about ‘It’s a wrap'”. The Mon Calamari who was famous for his dialogue “It’s a trap!” had been killed off in an unexpected way.
It didn’t justify his role according to Rose “They just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny?’ And that was the sum total of my life as Ackbar. I disappeared down the back and couldn’t come out for 30 minutes after that.”
Fans React to Rose’s disappointed
Some fans agreed with Rose and felt confused about the characters off screen death.
A Star Wars fan said “Seems so unnecessary as it does little to further the story. #StarWars”. Another fan added “I remember my coworker who was a big fan of admiral Ackbar, who was very disappointed in [by] his death in the movie.”
However some of the Star Wars fan were not on board with this thought. One fan felt that Admiral Ackbar was not such an important character as he said “He really wasn’t some great character. Maybe in the books, but not in the movie. sorry.”
Another fan who agreed with Ackbar not being one of the important characters said “Admiral Ackbar was a glorified extra. Calm down.”
Star Wars will continue releasing sequels in future.