Into the hospital “Little Darth Vader” goes.
On Wednesday, Max Page, the pint-sized actor who made audiences across America collectively say, “Aww,” with his portrayal of a mini Darth Vader in Volkswagen’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial, shed his mask and gloves to undergo heart surgery.
Max checked into Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for surgery to repair a hole in his heart and replace a pulmonary valve, MSNBC reports.
In the ad, Max wears the traditional garb of the Dark Lord, and runs around the house attempting to use “The Force,” with little success. But, upon approaching his father’s Volkswagen, Little Darth Vader finds that he can start the car with the wave of his hand.
Max was diagnosed with a heart defect only a few months after he was born and had been using a pacemaker. He had his first surgery when he was only three months old, and then began to serve as an ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, encouraging children to “use the force” to achieve their dreams.
“We may be small,” Max said, “but we’re mighty!”
Max’s family has been helping him prepare for his surgery by “funning up” the house, redesigning each room with a different theme, rules and codes, his mother said in an email released by an L.A. ad agency.
Max’s mother said in an interview with the Today Show that his condition puts his acting career into perspective, and remarked that the little things are more important than a million pairs of eyeballs on her very cute son.
May The Force be with Max and his family.