[30][97], Ackbar appeared briefly in the 2017 Star Wars Battlefront II video game developed by EA DICE. [109] His dedication to his career and duty left little time for a personal life or romances, and as a result he does not have a family of his own, with the exception of two nieces. [61], In the Star Wars novels written between 1991 and 1998,[62] following the events of the Return of the Jedi, Ackbar maintains a key position in the command hierarchy of the Rebel Alliance, as well as that of the New Republic, the government established to replace the Empire. Even Kane admits that he’s rather biased in the argument, joking, “As an actor, I want to gobble up as much screen time as I can.” Additionally, he explains that he was a fan of Ackbar long before he played him, as he inherited the role from Erik Bauersfeld, who passed in 2016. It was, in short, a bad time to be a Star Wars fan. [13] During the 2000 United States presidential election, several websites were established jokingly proposing Admiral Ackbar as a write-in candidate for president. Newcomer to the franchise Kelly Marie Tran ended up in therapy after she was subject to a tidal wave of racism and misogyny online. Tim Rose has strong words on the treatment of Admiral Ackbar. Name: Gial Ackbar Type: Mon Calamari Admiral Species: Mon Calamari Homeworld: Mon Cala Gender: Male Age: — Hair Color: None Eye Color: Orange Height: 1.8 Meters Weight: — Skin: Brown mottle. Kane insists, “No one’s invested in Holdo. He’s a deep character and he means a lot to us.” (Which is a lot to read into a moment that’s almost certainly supposed to read as “relief to still be alive,” but sure, let’s roll with it, true fan!). Ackbar became a Fleet Admiral … [16][17][18][19] During this time, Ackbar learns much about both the Empire and military tactics in general, as well as about the Rebel Alliance and the Death Star, a moon-sized superweapon Tarkin is developing at the time. His character is retired from military service before the events of the films, but Leia Organa convinces him to come out of retirement to fight against the First Order, a military dictatorship that was formed from the remnants the original Empire. [166] The campaign quickly went viral and received national news media attention. [27] He rises up the ranks until Mothma promotes him to commander of the entire Rebel fleet and head of military operations, as well as one of her top advisers. Ackbar was captain of the Mon Calamari Guard when Mon Cala’s King Kolina was assassinated during the Clone Wars. [76] In those novels, Ackbar's personal starfighter crashes on the planet of Vortex in an incident that kills numerous innocent aliens and nearly kills Ackbar himself. [1][53] The line did not appear in the original script for Return of the Jedi, and instead was first written as "It's a trick! Admiral Ackbar might not have been as popular as franchise favorites like Han Solo or General Leia, but his role in the Star Wars franchise goes back to 1983's Return of the Jedi. “Unfortunately, it revealed some of the ugliness of the fandom, and so when it went down that road, I removed myself from the conversation,” explains Dave Shorter, a Star Wars toy collector who focuses primarily on Ackbar merchandise (he’s got more than 550 Ackbar items alone and had a pair of Mon Calamaris atop his wedding cake). Gial Ackbar was born on the aquatic planet Mon Cala during the final years of the Galactic Republic. [124], Timothy Rose had been a puppeteer working on several Muppets projects for The Jim Henson Company, when Jim Henson directed him and others from the company to work on Return of the Jedi. In addition to the cosplayers who still dress as him, others have gotten Ackbar’s fishy face tattooed onto their flesh. They blow up the bridge of her command ship, seemingly killing all the leaders within ― save for Leia, of course. [113][13][114] The hunch was inspired by Industrial Light & Magic technician Stuart Ziff, who regularly joked about his own slightly hunched posture. [90], Admiral Ackbar appeared in Star Wars: Aftermath, a 2015 canon novel by Chuck Wendig set immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi. “I just felt that they missed an opportunity to give a great send-off to a fan-favorite character, that’s all,” explains Kane. He was originally just a background character. “He had things a little bit nicer in the comics, as Ackbar gets to have some last words,” says Schnack. “Sure, there’s, ‘It’s a trap!’ but there’s a lot more to Ackbar — he stuck with us. 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However, before the May 1983 debut of that film, the character made his first chronological appearance in the Star Wars newspaper comic strip by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson. “A lot of people say he should have replaced Holdo, but I don’t get too upset about that,” says Shorter. … [9] Ackbar returns to the Mon Calamari people and, after leading them through numerous conflicts,[9] convinces them to formally support the Rebel cause, bringing with them the massive Mon Calamari cruisers that drastically improves the strength of the Rebel fleet. Nevertheless, he is considered a fan favorite among Star Wars characters, and was ranked No. Kane, too, laments how something he’d said had been twisted. [151], In 2018, the comic strip story in which Ackbar made his debut in 1982 was retroactively titled after the character's famous line. [68][69] In those books, which are set five years after Return of the Jedi, Ackbar is instrumental in working with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Mon Mothma in reestablishing the New Republic and defeating Grand Admiral Thrawn, the new leader of the remaining forces of the Empire. As the arguments over The Last Jedi descended further and further into the gutter, some of those who had less problematic issues with the film began to back away. “A lot of people undervalued what he meant to true fans,” says Avery. [107][110] He prefers to personally lead major assaults, fearlessly flying into the battlefield along with his soldiers. [1], Rose returned to portray Ackbar in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. A white helmet with an elongated back to accommodate Ackbar's large oval-shaped head was featured in original character sketches and was created for Ackbar. 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