There will likely be cake. James Earl Jones will likely be celebrating his landmark 90th birthday in applicable fashion from his dwelling in upstate New York on Sunday.

“I’ll maintain having to remind myself that it’s my birthday,” Jones writes in an e-mail to USA TODAY, including that on the big day, “I’ll make an exception and revel in a slice of strawberry shortcake, my favourite!”

Jones says he is “feeling incredible and grateful at 90 years outdated. Trying again at my life and in depth profession, I’m so pleased with my work and accomplishments. I really like rising older and wiser with time.”

James Earl Jones: Is ok, says ‘Lion King’ director Jon Favreau

James Earl Jones, who turns 90 Sunday, stars in “Coming 2 America.”

The legendary actor of the Broadway stage and display screen, with the long-lasting, commanding voice, has made vocal appearances with two of his most well-known characters lately – king of the Pleasure Lands, Mufasa, in 2019’s “Lion King” remake and as Lord Vader in 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

When Jones did not seem on the 2019 Los Angeles premiere of “The Lion King,” followers expressed fear, however director Jon Favreau assured everybody the actor was wonderful.

The Oscar-nominated Jones will make his subsequent performing look as King Jaffe Joffer in “Coming 2 America” (streaming March 5 on Amazon Prime), the king of (fictional) Zamunda and father to Prince Hakeem (Eddie Murphy).

Director Craig Brewer instructed USA TODAY that when Jones appeared on the set (pre-pandemic) to shoot his position, it was like actual royalty visiting.

“We have been very quiet and really reverential,” says Brewer. “After which (costume designer) Ruth Carter broke the ice and mentioned, ‘James Earl Jones, women and gents!’ The entire crew simply applauded and this smile got here to his face.”

Jones writes that he was “honored” to return to the position from the 1988 authentic comedy “Coming to America.” and “touched by their response. Being on set introduced again the great reminiscences. And to see so many acquainted faces once more was pure pleasure.”

So far as life classes gleaned from turning 90, Jones says it is all about expertise when it comes to getting via powerful occasions.

“I can say that these of us who’ve lived 90 years don’t have any proper to be stunned,” Jones writes.

He vows to hope for higher occasions forward within the subsequent 12 months together with his birthday want: “To ensure that us to heal and transfer ahead, we have to study to like and respect one another. That will likely be my want once I blow out my birthday candles.”

Whereas his prolific work has slowed lately, Jones insists, “I really feel younger at coronary heart, and I like to work and can proceed to behave for so long as I can.” He’ll “spend the day reflecting on previous years and desirous about what’s subsequent” throughout his birthday.

“Or maybe I’ll have a good time the day by watching ‘Coming to America’ once more!”

Regina King and Wendell Pierce tweeted birthday greetings Sunday, “To my mentor and inspiration: Glad 90th Birthday to James Earl Jones. One of many best artist of our era. Might you be repeatedly blessed,” wrote Pierce.

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Coming 2 America’: James Earl Jones marks 90th birthday with return

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