This past weekend at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. Star Wars fans came from all over to join in on the festivities that touched on the past, present and exciting future of all things Star Wars. Part of looking into the rich history of the franchise or any franchise for that matter, will always be filled with “could have, should have, would have” moments. This one in particular takes place in the latest Star Wars film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The moment takes place on the MC85 Star Cruiser, known as the Raddus and the flagship of General Leia Organa, played by Carrie Fisher. During the film, the ship is attacked and it’s bridge explodes killing everyone except Leia, although it leaves her in a coma. One of those who perishes is longtime Star Wars meme favorite Admiral Ackbar.
During the Star Wars Show Live! at the celebration via comicbook.com, long time Ackbar voice actor Tom Kane, who voiced him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi admitted that he was “not really thrilled” with Ackbar’s death in the film and even goes on to argue that the long time Rebel leader should have had the opportunity to heroically sacrifice himself for the fleet. An honor that ended up going to Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura 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,” said Kane. “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].”
I completely agree with Kane on this one. I think that the sacrifice would have had such so much more impact if a character like Ackbar, who is very well known in pop culture thanks to his “its a trap” line back in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would have rammed the Raddus into the Supremacy at lightspeed. If anything I do think he deserved a better death.
What do you think? Does Kane have a point? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Disney/Lucasfilm’s next film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released December 20th.
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