James Earl Jones is one of America's most respected actors. His film credits include Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October, but he remains best known as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars.
Raised by his grandmother in rural Mississippi, Jones told Stephen Sackur he is able to understand what racists are going through as his grandmother was "the most racist" person he has ever known.
He is currently starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy at the Wyndham's Theatre in London.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 7th December at 15:30 and 21:30 GMT and on BBC News Channel on Thursday 8th December at 00:30 GMT.
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