James Earl Jones to Receive Voice Icon Award.

James Earl JonesTony-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Earl Jones who gave his voice to such characters as Darth Vader, Mufasa, and even the tagline for CNN, will be the initial recipient of the Voice Icon Award from the first-ever Voice Arts Awards on Sunday. This new annual event will honor the best voices of the year from television, film, video games, commercials, and audiobooks.


During an interview with The Associated Press the famous actor spoke about his childhood, how everything began, and also briefly touched on the possibility of voicing Dart Vader again.


From abcnews:

According to the actor, there was a period when he didn’t do much speaking. As a child he suffered from a severe stutter, and went through a period where he refused to speak at all.


“I once did not speak. I was mute. When I finally did speak, though, I spoke as an adult,” Jones said of the transformation.
“I was 16 or 17, and my teacher said, ‘You remember yourself speaking as a child, you’re now hearing yourself as an adult, don’t get impressed with it. Don’t listen to it, because you can fall in love with the melodious of it. If you listen to it, then nobody else will,'” he said.

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“The time I was most proud of that was during the first Iraq war. Fliers would come back to base; they would mention that once they got inside and they heard, ‘This is CNN,’ they knew they were home, or a piece of home. I’m very proud to represent that.”


But when asked about Darth Vader, and if there was truth to the rumor that Jones would reprise the role in a flashback capacity in the upcoming “Star Wars” film, Jones mischievously laughed it off, saying, “Oh, Darth is dead. Darth is dead.”


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14 thoughts on “James Earl Jones to Receive Voice Icon Award.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    If there are flashback scenes of Darth Vader in The Force Awakens, there are probably no voices in the scenes. If there are flashback scenes in TFA, they do not need dialouge if someone is narrating the scenes. Just because James Earl Jones isn’t voicing Darth Vader in TFA doesn’t mean Darth Vader isn’t in The Force Awakens. I rather not want Darth Vader in TFA, but if it is important to the story, I do not mind it at all.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    His voice is one in a billion. Perfect choice for the voice of Darth Vader and I don’t think anything will match it ever again. Just be happy you’re alive to hear it.

    • November 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I agree, there are very few great voices and James Earl Jones is one of them. He truly deserves the Voice Icon Award.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Nature realized that allowing Jones to speak as a child was a dumb idea.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Maybe James Earl Jones could voice Vader in his own standalone set somewhere between III and IV where we FINALLY get to see him kick some serious ass!

  • November 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    That ship has flown. Star Wars lost that chance countless times and now it is truly too late. That guy is great though, not just his voice but his on-screen acting as well, he’s the main reason I watch Field of Dreams.

    If Star Wars is lucky enough to get another great villain who can top Vader (and there almost no way they can get lightning to strike again) let’s hope they have the sense to actually use him, they already killed of Boba and Maul. They brought them back, but they ain’t gonna bother the Skywalkers again.

    • November 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Why does every new thing have to be greater than what came before? Just do something different and interesting.

      • November 11, 2014 at 3:40 am

        Agreed, but that’s not what I meant, what I mean (and people aren’t gonna’ like this) is that Darth Vader is The Villain of Empire Strikes Back. He is the Man he embodies everything we hate, only punctuated by the revelation that he is himself the great Jedi hero. It is truly his movie.
        Darth Maul is a cool villain. But he’s just not (given) enough. To be brutally honest, He is replaceable, and that’s why he fails. In any other movie he would be an awesome villain, but somehow in Phantom he just feels… randomly inserted. I like him, he’s cool, but he’s not given much space to fill.
        Dooku and Grievous had even less grip on the trilogy.

        My point about Vader is that Star Wars needs to move on. They need to give him a successor, someone who is not necessarily bigger or more powerful, or scarier, that stuff depends on the specific character.
        But the key point about the main Star Wars villain is that they need to have the entire film by the balls.
        Boba Fett is Han’s Antagonist, everything about Han that Han is trying to escape. Lucas made the mistake of thinking Boba Fett was just a villain. So he killed him off like any other punk. Boba deserved a higher ranking in Lucas’ agenda.
        My real issue is the way Star Wars thinks about its villains, that is, it doesn’t value them as the movie-by-balls villains they deserve to be.

    • November 11, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Your strange buddy, real strange!! Lol

      • November 11, 2014 at 3:39 am

        Grandma is that you? Seriously you sound like my racist grandmother giving Sammy Davis Jr. A backhanded compliment. I’m sure Mr. Jones would even prefer “that dude” over “a” black. He’s a brilliant actor and a great MAN.

  • November 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I don’t think flashback scenes work in Star Wars. The opening crawl is meant to catch us up in the first place

  • November 11, 2014 at 3:59 am

    And btw JEJ is easily the funniest part of The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Robin Williams’ last starring role, as a stuttering electronics store owner.

  • November 12, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Charles Martinet deserves an award for all of his Mario character voices.

  • November 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Jones is among, perhaps the three greatest voices in cinema history.
    3rd. Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan in Flash Gordan).
    2nd. JEJ
    1st. Richard Burton (especially his narration for Jeff Waynes’ War Of The Worlds – awesome!).

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