Love or hate ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.‘ we can all agree that the way that Admiral Ackbar’s death was handled was a mistake. Even Tim Rose, who plays the part, is in full agreement on this. While his iconic line of “It’s a trap” will always be important to the character, his time in The Resistance was cut far too short for the actor. This extends past his Ackbar’s death in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ as well as he had a scene in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ which we have now learned was cut as well.
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As to Rose learning how little of a part he would have in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ after already having been cut from J.J. Abrams first film, the actor stated:
“After The Force Awakens — for whatever reason, length of picture, whatever — it all got cut out. So after waiting 30 years to reprise Ackbar, I was a little disappointed with Ackbar’s role in that picture. So in The Last Jedi, I was quite looking forward to maybe them giving him something more juicy. 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?’ And I looked at my script, and I went, ‘Oh, Ackbar’s going out of the window. Well, that’s that then!’ I wasn’t quite dead yet.”
This wasn’t the kicker. What the cast had him do next for his final moment on camera just added insult to injury:
“We finished all of our bits, and they asked me to come down to camera. And I thought, ‘Oh well, maybe they’re going to say thank you for being one of the heritage characters and giving 30 years and all that.’ But what they did was, they gave me a Millennium Falcon sign that had the day and the date on it, the scene number, and they said, ‘Can you look at camera and say “It’s a wrap?” Because that would be really funny.’… 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.’ They just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny?’ And that was the sum total of my life as Ackbar.”
Had Ackbar been given a more prominent role to play or hadn’t been killed off, this absolutely would have been funny. As is, this was a goodbye that burned for both fans and the actor alike.
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Source: Cinema Blend