Admiral Ackbar, who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, has become one of the more popular side characters over the years despite only one movie appearance to date. He helped win the raid on the second Death Star. And he's notorious for saying 'It's a trap!' A line of dialogue that has been uttered by others in the franchise, but never with such gusto. It's no secret that director J.J. Abrams is bringing the character back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what many may not know yet is that the same actor will be reprising this high ranking Mon Calamari rebel. And certain aspects of the production just don't sit right with the longtime puppeteer.
At this time, there are still very few plot details that we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And an official synopsis has yet to be released. So it's not exactly known what role Admiral Ackbar will have this time out, or how substantial his character contributions will be. What we do know is that Tim Rose will be back behind the animatronic mask. The actor himself can't say much about the part. And that makes him angry sometimes. He explains, talking to The Australian.
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. ... 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."
The fact that Admiral Ackbar is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first leaked by a set of character photos that mysteriously appeared on the Internet. But J.J. Abrams then decided to show off the Mon Calamari in the behind-the-scenes reel he brought to this year's Comic-Con. It makes sense that the character would return. As Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directly connected to the events in Return of the Jedi, picking up thirty years after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
While Admiral Ackbar has only appeared on the big screen once, he has become a permanent fixture in the world of Star Wars, showing up in comic books, video games and even Star Wars: The Clone Wars. According to Tim Rose, it was very important that he return to play the character. You can't just put any old actor behind the mask. He said the following.
"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 specialized 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. 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."
While he sounds frustrated about the secrecy J.J. Abrams demands on set, it also sounds like he's overjoyed to return to this world. The performer has also participated in such 80s classics as Howard the Duck and Return to Oz. But there is nothing bigger than Star Wars! We'll have to wait until December 18 to see if he gets to say, 'It's a trap!' Yet again.