Mini Darth Vader From That Super Bowl Ad Has The Greatest Quote Ever About Life
Max Page was six years old when he was featured in the commercial that changed Super Bowl commercials forever. "The Force" aired during Super Bowl XLV in 2011, and starred Max as a mini Darth Vader who tries to use The Force on common objects around his house, among them the family dog, his sister's doll, and a sandwich.
All of his efforts were failures until he tried his Sith powers on his dad's Volkswagen Passat, which miraculously started when the boy extended his arms. Cut to his dad looking out the window, starting the car with his car remote (that was a new concept five years ago). The commercial was a hit for Volkswagen, and was one of the first to be released on YouTube days before the game.
It was a huge hit before the Steelers and Packers ever kicked off, and to date has more than 63 million views -- the most popular Super Bowl ad of all time.
But Max's real-life story is even more inspiring. Huffington Post:
Page was born with a congenital heart defect and has had surgeries for it throughout his life, including one late last year. He now serves as a junior ambassador at the hospital he says saved his life.
He hasn't let that slow him down. Now 11, Max plays Little League, rides all the rides at Disneyland (including the Terror Tower), and has continued to act: he just finished a TV movie for Disney, entitled Secret Summer.
Through his portrayal of the littlest Darth Vaderm he's met James Early Jones and Harrison Ford, and got to attend the U.S. premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But none of this has gone to his head. After what Max has been through, his perspective is as keen and insightful as a Jedi's mind powers, as this quote he gave to the Huffington Post proves without a doubt.
HUFFINGTON POST: "So what's next?"
MAX: "I just go where the world takes me. I have no intention to go anywhere, so I'm just excited to see what I get."
That is freaking awesome.
We'll even forgive Max for appearing in an ad for Volkswagen, which pulled that evil stunt last year involving falsified emissions software. The kid was, after all, under the influence of the Dark Side.
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