James Earl Jones Recites the Alphabet… Very Slowly

October 10, 2008  

Genius footage from Sesame Street which predates ‘Star Wars IV – A New Hope.’ You can hear why he got to play the voice of Darth Vader, despite his relative youth at the time (well… he was thirty eight). He was the first well known celebrity to appear on Sesame Street in 1969 (the pilot episode) and went on to appear in several others. He apparently recorded another alphabet for Sesame Street after his Star Wars role.

From IMDB: According to Jones, when George Lucas was trying to cast the voice of Darth Vader, his immediate idea was to cast Orson Welles. However, he felt that Welles was too well-known for the role. So instead he looked for an actor with a deep voice, “like Orson Welles” which is how he got cast.


4 Responses to “James Earl Jones Recites the Alphabet… Very Slowly”

  1. Matt on October 11th, 2008 9:37 pm

    Wow! I’m pleased I watched it all the way to the 94th second… the finale was well worth it 🙂

    You can get recordings of James Earl Jones reading the Bible too! (it was an audible pick on one of the TWiT netcast shows) but is ruined by silly music between chapters 🙁 at audible.co.uk you can hear a preview.

  2. Daz on October 12th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Hmmm, I wonder how the Emperor would do it…..

  3. Mark on October 13th, 2008 6:31 pm

    Just before “K”, he looks off-camera as if he doesn’t know what’s coming next :p

  4. Andrew Glazebrook on October 15th, 2008 2:29 am

    Actually seeing him especially bald reminded me more of Thulsa Doom he played in Conan the Barbarian rather than Vader,he does have a great voice though ! 🙂

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