San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub recently interviewed Erik Bauersfeld, the voice behind Star Wars: Return of the Jedi characters, Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna. Bauersfeld has held a long career as a radio dramatist, running his Bay Area-based KPFA show called Bay Area Radio Drama (BARD), for several decades. Interesting side note: he has not seen the original Star Wars. While important, the voice work he did for the movie was but a small blip in his career.
Bauersfeld was unaware of the Internet memes and surge in popularity for Ackbar and “It’s a trap!” He seemed to find the University of Mississippi’s drive to have the character named a school mascot especially entertaining.
via The Mary Sue
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