Actor/Puppeteer Tim Rose who portrayed Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is reprising his Mon Calamari role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
When asked about his character and the film in an interview with the The Australian, Rose expressed his frustration with all the secrecy involving The Force Awakens:
"I'm very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we're not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could. "And as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating."
It really sounds like Rose is bummed out about the over-the-top restrictions. He's been doing this for a while, so I don't get why he's upset. He compared the costume that he had to wear to being locked up in the infamous prison designed for detaining terrorists, Guantanamo Bay.
Rose said, while wearing the outfit, he experiences sensory deprivation, suffocation from lack of air and a high rise in body temperature from wearing the foam latex suit.
"It takes a unique sort of masochist to ever want to do it in the first place. But the joy of doing it is the joy of animatronics, and that's taking the foam latex, an inanimate object, and making people think it's alive."
It sounds like he's exagerrating and complaining too much. He should be thankful he's a part of a Star Wars film. They could have CGI-d his character, but Abrams and the crew decided to use more practical effects for The Force Awakens.
Then, he went to brag about depicting Ackbar a bit:
"I'd like to think I gave Ackbar something special which you can tell. I think you can. I can tell when I see my friends who do specialised and full body suit work no matter what character they go into; I can tell you exactly who it is because I know their movements so well."
Rose, however, turned it around with his final comments on what to expect and the enjoyment you are liable to get from the film:
"What I can say about the new movie is that if you were a fan of the original three, you're going to absolutely love this one to bits."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in U.S. theaters on December 18. You can read the entire interview here.