Reporting Hazel Sanchez
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — We are finally getting a look at the face behind the mask.
With millions of people viewing the ad on television and online, 6-year-old Max Page has become an instant superstar.
CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez was there Monday as the young boy got a chance to meet the man behind the voice of Darth Vader.
It’s a Super Bowl spot sensation — the Volkswagen ad featuring a mini-Darth Vader testing his skills with “the force” … and failing.
But under the mask is quite another force to be reckoned with – 6-year-old Max Page.
“I know! I am a superstar! I am a superstar!” Page told Sanchez on Monday.
Page said he’s still too young to watch a “Star Wars” film, but he did research his role online.
“He’s this big black guy fighting Luke Skywalker with a light saber — a red one!” Page said.
Max is a fighter in his own right. Born with a congenital heart disease, he survives with a pace maker. Now he’s bigger than life with a commercial that’s gone viral on YouTube. His parents said they are amazed.
“A million, I think the last count was 16.5 million hits on YouTube on just one clip. It’s just something that we can’t comprehend,” Jennifer Page.
And the surrealism continued Monday when Max was introduced to 80-year-old movie icon James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader throughout the entire Star Wars franchise.
Jones presented Max with an autographed mask.
“To Max, may the force be with you. From me,” Jones said.
“It was cool,” Max added. “I never got to meet a real actor. And I never got to meet Darth Vader, actually.
When asked what he thought of the commercial, Jones told Sanchez, “I loved it.”
Jones met Max and his family on the set of the Broadway show, “Driving Miss Daisy,” in which Jones stars as Hoke, the driver.
“The surprise is when I walked out here just now and I saw how really small he is,” Jones said. “Use the force. Use the force, Max!”
“It is so glorious and we’re so blessed that he’s had this opportunity because it means the world to us and it means the world to him because it’s always about what you can do,” Buck Page said.
And now this child, born with limitations, has a future that lies in the stars.
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