James Earl Jones on His Diabetes, Variety in Hollywood

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:10 PM

After half a cent in the industry, the Oscar-nominee has starred in so many iconic roles and will forever be known for giving life to both Darth Vader and Mufasa.

James Earl Jones on His Diabetes, Variety in Hollywood

James Earl Jones is nothing brief of an acting legend. After half a cent in the industry, the Oscar-nominee has starred in so many iconic roles and will forever be known for giving life to both Darth Vader and Mufasa.

The 85-year-old star spoke to ABC News about the variety issue in Hollywood and the boycott of this year'south School Awards by several A-list celebs.

"It'south always been tough for everybody [and] particularly for ethnic groups" but "there'south talent all over the place," he said. "Who tells the stories? I think if you see around this room, there'south a drama in every single person and that'south true of everybody exterior this room ... It depends on who writes it and how well it's written."

When it comes to who's and who'south not nominated for an Oscar, Jones said it all starts with the writing.

""The ... first creation is the writing. If that doesn't happen the other stuff doesn't follow," he explained.

"The Sandlot" star spoke to ABC News as portion of an awareness program for diabetes education. Jones was diagnosed with diabetes in the one thousand nine hundred ninety and presently takes medication to hold his blood sugar levels stable. Those looking to stay on top of their health can go to ICanImagine. com and memorise more.

"[I was diagnosed] quite by accident," he said. "I was in a program for wt loss and diet ... fell asleep on a bench in the center of a gymnasium. The Dr who was there came along and said, 'That's not normal.'"

He continued, "He persuaded me to go for a test. I took the test and there it was, diabetes two. It hit me love a thunderbolt."

Jones does other things love "diet and exercise" to stay healthy, "but those things alone won't obtain blood sugars to move in the right direction," which is why people should always ask their Dr what's right for them.

"I'm grateful that accident happened because it can go unnoticed and do grand damage to your body," he said.

While speaking about his past, Jones also explained how he got over hurdles in his life to become the man is he today.

"I'm a stutterer," he said. "There was a instructor I'd in high school that made me alert of the cost of speech. The cost of words. Even though I'm a stutterer, I couldn't have a conversation where I could declare anything profound to anybody ... [But] the grand writers have written grand things, you can memorise how to declare their words. Share the passion in their words, that really turned me on as a kid. It still works for me."

He also touched on the fact he nearly went to medical school before jumping into acting full-time.

"I arrive from a generation where unless you're really privileged, you didn't waste a college degree unless being a Dr or lawyer or engineer," he said. "I thought I could study science in college, so I went for medicine. It didn't work."

He'd number comment on the latest installment of "Star Wars," but joked, "Darth Vader probably had diabetes too."

"It was wonderful to be a portion of that whole cult," he continued. "I was only special affects and that made it simple for me. I could just do the words ... I was very pleased to be a portion of it."

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