Charlie Barnett Faces Flak for 'The Acolyte' 'Star Wars' Blunder

Star Wars series actor's mix-up stirs fanbase uproar

by Zain ul Abedin
Charlie Barnett Faces Flak for 'The Acolyte' 'Star Wars' Blunder
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Charlie Barnett, known for his role in the upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte, has recently faced criticism from the Star Wars community for mistakenly attributing the destruction of the Death Star to Anakin Skywalker, instead of Luke.

This gaffe occurred during a promotional interview for the show, set to premiere on Disney Plus on June 4. Barnett’s slip-up, stating "Anakin blew up the whole Death Star," quickly stirred reactions among fans and co-stars alike, leading to a viral moment on social media.

In the original Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), it is Luke Skywalker, portrayed by Mark Hamill, who destroys the Death Star, not Anakin. The Death Star, a massive space weapon developed by the saga's antagonists, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader (later revealed as Anakin Skywalker), becomes a central plot element in the franchise.

Barnett, portraying Jedi Knight Yord Fandar in The Acolyte, misstated this crucial piece of Star Wars lore not just once, but twice during the press tour, adding to the fanbase's frustration.

Barnett's Viral Gaffe

The first incident took place during a press day interaction with co-stars Dafne Keen and Rebecca Henderson.

Barnett's comment led to immediate puzzled reactions from Keen and Henderson. It was promptly shared on social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok, where it amassed millions of views and significant backlash.

Despite the flub, Barnett expressed his admiration for the Star Wars universe, emphasizing the clear delineation of good and evil portrayed in the series and his enthusiasm about the morally complex themes of The Acolyte.

However, his repeated mistake overshadowed these comments, drawing criticism and humorous responses online. Some fans expressed disappointment and called for more franchise knowledge from those involved in Star Wars productions.

In contrast, others defended Barnett, highlighting the unrealistic expectations placed on actors to know their franchise's lore perfectly. Responses ranged from critical to supportive, with social media users commenting on the pressure actors face and the occasional inevitability of such errors.

The incident sparked a broader conversation about the relationship between actors and the extensive backstories of the franchises they participate in.