— May the Force be with him.
Max Page, the 7-year-old who played a miniature Darth Vader in Volkswagen’s popular Super Bowl commercial in 2011, will check in to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Wednesday to repair a congenital heart defect, according to ad agency Deutsch LA. The goal of the surgery is to repair a hole in his heart and replace his pulmonary valve.
Max appeared with his mother, Jennifer Page, on TODAY in February 2011 after the Super Bowl ad gained instant fame. In the ad, Max dresses as a mini Darth Vader and attempts to use the Force around the house to no avail before being surprised that he can start his father’s Volkswagen with the wave of a hand.
At the time of his interview with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, Max said he had never seen any of the “Star Wars” movies. His mother also mentioned that Max had been diagnosed with a heart defect when he was only a few months old and was using a pacemaker.
Max has been serving as an ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, working to raise money for other children with heart defects. In an email released by the Deutsch LA ad agency, Jennifer Page talks about her son’s fear of his upcoming surgery and describes how his family has been helping him prepare for the procedure: