Puppeteer/Actor Tim Rose who portrayed Salacious B. Crumb, and more importantly Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is returning to the role of the Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview from The Australian, Rose talks about his frustration with all the secrecy involving Episode VII:
"“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.”"
This is something I have long wondered about, where the actors involved — and not just the regular actors — but the puppeteers who have to ready their particular set-ups in time for shooting or reshooting on a moment’s notice, are having issues with the over-the-top secrecy surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars film.
When talking about donning the Ackbar suit, and the misconception that most people have, that anyone can do his job, Rose talks about the lack of air inside the suit, the increased heat once things get going, and the ever increasing feeling of suffocation. Rose also feels he has left his unique impression on Admiral Ackbar:
"“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 specialised 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.”"
You can read the entire interview HERE. Tim Rose will reprise the role of Admiral Ackbar on December 18, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.
H/T – Making Star Wars