Volkswagen’s Little ‘Vader’ Meets The Original In NYC

Max Page Spends Part Of Monday With Legend James Earl Jones

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.

Little Darth Vader

Driving Miss Daisy star James Earl Jones poses with six year-old Max Page, star of Vokswagen's Darth Vader-themed Super Bowl commercial at 'Driving Miss Daisy' on broadway at The Golden Theatre on Feb. 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

“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.

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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.

Love this kid? Love the ad? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • tommy v

    who do they think they’re playing with here, children! david prowse was darth. he also was the body builder in a clockwork orange.

  • Jennifer

    The news outlets are trying to capitalize on the fact that he was born with a heart defect. That is why they don’t mention the other kid who played Darth Vader in the commercial and also fail to mention that Max is already an actor on Y&R. I have seen a few stories about this and they try to make it seem like he never acted before and that this ad will give him a chance that he might not have had b/c of his heart defect. Reports are shameless and disgusting.

  • ANON

    That commercial was great. Good for little Max Page. I can’t see how there could be any negative comments about this piece.

  • Joy

    Forget all the garbage spewed by idiots…..lets face it the kid was great and it was the only ad worth looking at! ALL the rest were the same and you had a difficult time figuring out what they were pushing. Great going little Max and the best to you in the future.

  • fuzzy

    I think many people get on here to be critical and negative. The kid is a sweetie who is surviving with the aid of a Pacemaker. Let him have his 15min of fame. I just hope it goes beyond 15min and is a lifetime profession for him.

  • Mo

    Love this kid….yes. Love the ad….Yes.

  • M

    Wht are people so negative.. it’s a sweet puff piece, that’s it. Just to put a smile on your face and not to tear every line of this article and the people in apart. Jeez…Move away from the dark side.

  • Cheri

    Of all the commercials during the Super Bowl, this one was the best. Great
    acting on little Max!

  • brenda

    lets remember that their was two kids in the commercial the part showing the dog was a different kid and why is this mother not saying anything

  • Alice

    Hello? James Earl Jones was the VOICE, not the actor in the suit, that was David Prowse. He should meet him as well, or is George Lucas still having a hissy fit and not talking to Prowse like a spoiled child.

  • donnaca raigne

    the kid’s mother can’t stop talking – sorry for being so bold.
    saw her on tele

  • Dalton Han

    Under the picture – James Earl Jones was not in Driving Miss Daisey. It was Morgan Freeman.

    • Maria

      ON Broadway. He Stars in Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway.

    • T

      “Jones met Max and his family on the set of the Broadway show, “Driving Miss Daisy,” in which Jones stars as Hoke, the driver.” He is in the stage play

    • bob c

      can you believe how inept these reporters are???

    • big ed

      read it again…he is driving miss daisy on broadway.

    • John

      Dear Dalton,
      You are right and you are wrong. You see, James Earl Jones is currently starring in the role of Hoke in the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy. He co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave who plays the role of Miss Daisy. Morgan Freeman was both in the original Broadway production and the movie. You see, Dalton, Driving Miss Daisy is a play written for the stage that was also made into a movie. so yes, Morgan Freeman was the original Hoke and now James Earl Jones is Hoke.
      Your Friend,

    • Brendan

      For the film it was Morgan Freeman, but there is a stage production wherein Jones plays the role of the driver. The article states that.

  • mojojojo

    David Prowse is very sick but he is not dead.

  • lidi

    This kid played ‘Reed Helstrom’ on ‘The Young and the Restless’ soap opera for years! How can he say he never met a ‘real’ actor?

  • Steven

    David Prowse was the man in the costume, not the voice. you idiots. James Earl Jones was the voice. and besides I think Pavid Prowse is dead. so STF up!

    • Jenn

      umm, its not life changing, Relax

      • Steven

        ppl get the fact wrong, I fix them, that’s what I do!

    • Jay

      If you read the article, it says that Jones was the voice behind Vader. The first line in the article “We are finally getting a look at the face behind the mask.” was in reference to the kid, not James Earl Jones. So you STF up! People really need to read better.

      • exibanker

        You, true dat! Chill out little dude.

    • David

      Is he your brother?? Why are you taking this so personally? I think you are the one that needs to STFU.

    • prjuanman

      Yikes Steven!
      Take it easy! That’s right, now, take a seat. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Feeling better now, Steven? I think it is fair to say that both David Prowse and James Earl Jones played Darth Vader: the latter was the voice and the former the body. Whew! Steven, take a valium!

    • Bob

      No Steven, what you do is sit in front of a computer screen and act tough. Even at his age, Max is a better person than you’ll ever be. Someone should call your mom and tell her you snuck on the computer again.

  • Smash Crasher

    It’s truly a sad comment on our feeble-minded society when commercials are discussed, debated, dissected and analyzed for weeks following the Super Bowl. It’s pathetic.

    • Shawn

      “Analyzed for weeks”? The Superbowl was two days ago. What’s sad is your attitude. This little story makes me feel good, as I’m sure it does others. If you don’t like our “feeble minded society”, maybe you should go somewhere else. Or go back to watching the “FixedNews” network where all they report is doom and gloom. It’s people like you, and “Steven” that are pathetic.

    • Brendan

      Um… you read this and took the time to comment. I did too. I am far from “feeble minded” so why the misanthropic stance? Besides… “weeks” haven’t gone by. It’s called a puff piece and the ad was popular. You’re pathetic.

  • Barbara

    CBS News keeps referring to the “real” Darth Vader as James Earl Jones. He was the voice. As every Star Wars fan knows, the man actually behind the mask was David Prowse.

  • Ima

    My question is why does the sub title say Max Hall when in the article he always referred to as Max Page?

  • Stephen Negahnquet

    Oh, sorry. Missed that one.

  • Theresa

    Why wasn’t the other little boy mentioned? Not fair.

  • Stephen Negahnquet

    Morgan Freeman was the Driving Miss Daisy star?!?

    • Ima

      If you read the entire article they explain that Jones currently stars in the Broadway version of Driving Miss Daisy.
      “Jones met Max and his family on the set of the Broadway show, “Driving Miss Daisy,” in which Jones stars as Hoke, the driver.”

    • Theresa

      He is currently starring in the play on Broadway with Vanessa Redgrave.

    • Andy

      THis is Broadway – not the movie

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