The voice actor behind Admiral Ackbar says he was unhappy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Laura Dern's character Vice Admiral Holdo. Famous for the line, "It's a trap!", Ackbar first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi in 1983 and was voiced by Erik Bauersfeld. Bauersfeld returned in 2015 to voice Ackbar for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Tom Kane has also provided the character's voice on several occasions including The Last Jedi.
Gial Ackbar had a helping hand in destroying the second Death Star, but he also came out of retirement when the First Order emerged. Ackbar regained his status as an Admiral in the Resistance and worked with General Leia Organa to destroy Starkiller Base. After the First Order's superweapon was destroyed, the First Order retalitated by destroying the Raddus, which killed Ackbar and left Leia in a coma. Apparently, this didn't go over so well with Ackbar's voice actor.
Posted in a clip by Dataracer on Twitter, Kane can be seen talking about The Last Jedi during a segment of The Star Wars Show Live!. When criticizing the way Ackbar was killed, Kane commented, "I was not really thrilled with how they blew him out the side of the ship". Kane continued to criticize Dern's character in the movie saying, “I’m like, ‘Who is this Holdo woman? Nobody knows her, no one’s invested in her — who is she? Why is she saving the fleet?’ If anyone was gonna save the fleet it’d be Ackbar".
Admiral Ackbar voice actor DESTROYS The Last Jedi and Admiral Purple Hair at SWCC. Tom Kane gave no f#cks live on stage. pic.twitter.com/TzXm49qDmc— Dataracer (@Dataracer117) April 15, 2019
Rian Johnson and his choices for Episode VIII have been heavily criticized ever since the movie was releasd in 2017. Some of the biggest complaints of The Last Jedi revolved around Snoke's sudden death and also about the unsatisfying answer to Rey's parentage. Many people have also complained about Luke Skywalker's character arc, with Mark Hamill himself even admitting his confusion about his character online. At one point, fans were even petitioning for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to be retconned from the series, but that obviously didn't happen. Needless to say, Kane isn't the only one who had a problem with the film.
With Kane voicing Ackbar for the last six years, he no doubt has the right to criticize the development and ultimate demise of his character in the Star Wars universe. When the TIE Fighter destroys the Resistance's ship, the scene no doubt focuses on Leia opposed to Ackbar, which is why many people might have a problem with his final scene. Even though Ackbar is more of a side character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans still would have liked to see Ackbar get a proper send off, especially since he was a returning character from the original trilogy. Even though it's unlikely, fans can only hope that Ackbar will return to warn the Resistance of another trap in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. After all, as Luke once said, "No one's ever really gone".
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