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(from "James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences" page 360): My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective.

If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it, that destroys the credibility of the character.

When I read that part in the script where it said, "Luke, I am your father", I thought, "He`s lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out".

(On the Iraq war): All people have to be prepared. If we are going to be the police, we also have to be the guardians. We can no longer play games. I was not against the war in Bosnia. I was against it taking so long. I was not against the war in Somalia. Again, it took too long, and we didn`t finish the job. We should`ve stayed and finished the job. About this pending war, I just think we should`ve finished that war the first time.

(On the terrible stutter he suffered from as a young man): One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can`t utter.

The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.

"I have to look for film or TV work. If the great roles aren`t around -- and they usually aren`t -- then I try to pick projects which will at least take me to interesting locations. To the best of my abilities, I give them Academy Award caliber performances. I can`t put down any jobs that help me pay my bills. The problem is most of the movies and TV shows I`ve been in haven`t given me much to do or say."

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can`t utter.

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