Star Wars: The Last Jedi killed off a number of named characters during its 2.5-hour runtime, but one of the most controversial deaths involved a character that only had a few lines in the movie. Now, one of the movie’s editors is wishing that the character had a more ceremonious demise.
The Huffington Post got to speak with editor Bob Ducasy about the controversial decision to kill Admiral Ackbar early on in the film. Ducasy noted that the way people seemed to be set off is not that the character died, but how he died, and he wished that they could have done it a little differently:
“It’s interesting that you mentioned it, because I watched the film last night and I thought, hmmm, maybe that’s too incidental. It’s a very funny thing about that because what happens… I don’t typically watch movies that I work on much afterwards, because you’re so familiar with it. But this movie I’ve seen now a couple times with an audience. And it occurred to me last night that what does happen when I watch movies… is I generally find things that are like, hmmm, I wonder if I should do that differently. Which is some really horrible form of personal criticism because there’s really nothing to be done. That’s how it was designed. That’s how it was intended. But it is slightly incidental, isn’t it?”
Technically, Ackbar had to die in order for Poe’s storyline to advance — and by extension, Finn and Rose’s storylines — Vice Admiral Holdo took over as leader while Leia was out of commission, and while Poe would have trusted Ackbar’s judgment, he doesn’t trust Holdo. But with that in mind, given that Ackbar is a legacy character, it seems as though he should have been given a little more to do before he died, or at least he should have had a more heroic demise.
It should be noted that Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Ackbar, passed away before work on The Last Jedi could be completed, meaning that a sound-alike had to record the few lines the character had. Perhaps, then, this movie was an appropriate place to bring an end to the character’s story.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
Source: The Huffington Post
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