Star Wars fans\nmight always hear the voice of James Earl Jones whenever they think of the\nheavy-breathing Star Wars villain\nDarth Vader, but if George Lucas had decided differently, then we\u2019d probably\nhave a different voice actor for everyone\u2019s favorite Sith Lord. \n\n\n\nMental\nFloss just recently brought back an older interview with George Lucas where\nthe Star Wars creator shared an\nanecdote about a time when James Earl Jones still wasn\u2019t voice Vader. Back then\nLucas was trying to decide between Jones and Citizen Kane actor Orson Welles, and according to the filmmaker, it\nhad been a really difficult process. \n\n\n\n\u201cI created a villain,\u201d Lucas said during the interview.\n"I knew the voice had to be very, very special. And I had to make a\nchoice\u2014a choice that was a tough choice, but an easy choice, really\u2014between\nOrson Welles and James Earl Jones \u2026 [Jones] won hands down."\n\n\n\nAccording to Lucas, he had decided on Jones because he was afraid that Welles voice would be far too recognizable for the part. The Star Wars creator believed that if he hadn\u2019t chosen Jones, then fans idea of Vader would have been ruined because all viewers could think about would be Citizen Kane. \n\n\n\n"I understand that George did contact Orson Welles to\nread for the voice of Darth Vader before he contacted me," Jones said in a\ndifferent interview,\n"I was out of work, and he said, 'Do you want a day's work?'\u201d \n\n\n\nLittle did Jones know that his voice would become one of the\ndefinitive traits of Vader. Though he never really appeared on the big screen\ndressed as Luke Skywalker\u2019s father, Jones became known as the man who truly\ngave life to the Sith Lord. Even the mere echo of Jones\u2019 voice as Vader makes\nfans shudder in excitement and fear. Lucas certainly made the right choice when\nhe picked Jones for the role.\n\n\n\nLucasfilm\u2019s next installment, Star Wars: Episode IX, is set for release December 20, 2019.