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Darth Vader's biggest challenge . . . Max faces heart surgery

The seven-year-old actor best known as the boy behind the Darth Vader mask in a popular Volkswagen car ad is facing open heart surgery.

Max Page, who also plays Reed on the top-rated US soap opera The Young and the Restless, will have surgery tomorrow to replace his pulmonary valve and repair a hole in his heart at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Bromberg says that Max told his mother that he didn't have a choice, and that he "might as well go through it with a good attitude".

Max is expected to be hospitalised for about five days.