#darth vader

The New York Time Magazine sat down with James Earl Jones — the best parts:

You made your film debut as a member of the B-52 bomber crew in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.” How did that happen?

George C. Scott was playing Shylock in Shakespeare in the Park when Kubrick came to look him over. I was also in the play, as the Prince of Morocco, and Kubrick said, “I’ll take the black one, too.” That’s not what he actually said, but that’s the way I like to put it.

And:

You’re never tempted to pick up the phone and pretend to be Darth Vader?

I did that once when I was traveling cross-country. I used Darth as my handle on the CB radio. The truck drivers would really freak out — for them, it was Darth Vader. I had to stop doing that.

Amazing.

Spencer Ackerman breaks down the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back for Wired:

At the very most, the Empire’s assault on Hoth killed a couple of low-ranking Rebels and destroyed a few transit ships — which we don’t even see on screen. Instead of crushing the Rebels, it scattered them, leaving them to survive for the additional successes they’ll achieve in Return of the Jedi. It’s a classic fiasco of overconfidence and theology masquerading as military judgment — and the exact opposite of the Empire striking back.

Shared a bunch last week, but too brilliant not to re-tumbl.