While according to Star Wars lore, James Earl Jones was paid only $9,000 in 1977 to provide the voice of Darth Vader in George Lucas's original film ( Star Wars A New Hope ) Jones himself said on Thursday that he received even less than that -- just $7,000. Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his current appearance in the Broadway stage version of Driving Miss Daisy , Jones said that his Star Wars salary "was big money for me in those [days] -- I was broke." Asked by Fallon where he had any idea at the time that the movie was going to be as huge a success as it became, Jones replied, "No. Had I had an idea, I would've gotten a better contract." Star Wars lore also has it that he declined to have his name appear in the credits of the movie, feeling that his contribution didn't merit screen credit.

24/12/2010