Max Page, the boy who played the Darth Vader Boy from last year’s Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, underwent open-heart surgery last Thursday. The seven year-old Jedi Master was born with a congenital heart defect and the surgery would replace his pulmonary valve to fix the hole in his heart.
Page, who also raises money for children with heart conditions at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, was a brave little trooper when he reportedly told his mother that he’ll go through the operation. From his mother’s email,
Mom, I don’t have a choice. I have to go through it. I don’t like it and it’s still scary — but I have to. So I think I might as well go through it with a good attitude.
Volkswagen’s “The Force” commercial was one of my personal favorites from last year’s Super Bowl. It showed this boy trying to use the Force around his home without any luck but when he tries to use the Force on his father’s new Volkswagen, his father remotely starts the car and the boy was shocked to see the Force work. One of the most impressive things about this commercial was the use of sound to depict these events. In about a minute, we go from this boy’s frustration to joy without a single word of dialogue, only John Williams’ driving “Imperial March” score. How many of us are guilty of trying to use the Force at one point in our lives?
Read the full text of the email from Max’s mother over at Business Insider. And may the Force be with young Max Page.