Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan became the first Chinese actor on Thursday to have his hands and feet cast in wet cement at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theatre, alongside generations of Tinseltown icons.
He was joined by American actor Chris Tucker, his co-star from the “Rush Hour” movies, in the ceremony in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre, as hundreds of fans screamed from across Hollywood Boulevard.
Chan, who has starred in over 100 films and directed 20, recalled first coming to the then Grauman’s Chinese Theatre — it changed its name this year for sponsor Chinese company TCL — two decades ago, invited by film action hero Sylvester Stallone.
“Twenty years, ago, 1993 … I was not on the red carpet, (I was) on the side, and I saw there are so many stars doing interviews. I had nothing to do. I was standing there looking around to see the handprints.
Chan was born in Hong Kong and began his international movie career in the early 1970s, going on to fame with hits including “Dragons Forever” (1988), “The Legend of Drunk Master (1994) and “Little Big Soldier” (2010).
The 59-year-old — who stuck his face into the Tinseltown cement, as well as his hands and besocked feet — also worked as a stunt coordinator for martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
The courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre is paved with the hand – and foot prints of decades of Hollywood greats, from Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis to Jane Fonda and Brad Pitt.
Chan said that, in addition to being the first Chinese actor honored, he was actually the first to have his handprints done twice.