Sure Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been a commercial and critical success, however, the film ended up becoming one of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars franchise. Detractors complained about how the film tried to subvert fan expectations. They complained about the misuse of legacy characters. They complained about the sudden death of Admiral Ackbar.
Now, it seems like they aren’t the only ones against the Mon Calamari’s death. Tom Kane has been Admiral Ackbar’s voice actor for a long while now, and his most recent project voicing the character was The Last Jedi. Yet, Kane admits that he wasn’t really “thrilled” with the character’s sudden death, saying that the fan-favorite Rebel Leader should have been given the sacrifice that in the end was given to Admiral Holdo (Larua Dern.”
“I’ve been Ackbar for about six years... and I was not really thrilled about how they blew him out the side of the ship,” Kane said, speaking in an interview with The Star Wars Show Live! at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago (via ComicBook.com).
“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 [laughs],” the actor went on explaining.
Of course, there are fans who feel the same way. Without a single thought, Ackbar dies when the Raddus’ bridge is attacked by tie-fighters. Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) was there with him when the attack happens, however, the Rebellion General uses the Force to save herself.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to release on December 20, 2019.