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Young Darth Vader from Super Bowl Ad Unmasked

02/07/2011 at 11:30 AM EST

Child actor Max Page really has The Force.

"He's an inspiration," his mom Jennifer said during a Today Show interview Monday morning. Her son, better known as the boy who starred as Darth Vader in the Super Bowl Volkswagen commercial, was born with a congenital heart defect."He had his first operation when he was 3-months old and now has a pacemaker."

But Max, who has never actually watched any of the Star Wars movies, isn't letting his condition damper his spirit – or his career.

"I'm okay," said the 6-year-old, who has done other commercials including one for Walgreens, and has appeared on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

The inventive Super Bowl spot, in which Max dons a Darth Vader costume and eventually uses The Force to start his family's Volkswagen – or so he believes – has 15 million hits and counting on You Tube.

Max smiled and innocently shrugged his shoulders at the success. And his mom added appropriately: "This is out of this world."

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