Jackie Chan seals prints at famed Hollywood theater

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan became the first Chinese actor 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.

"I thought to myself, when will I have my own things? During all those years my dream (grew)," he said, before thanking his co-stars, TCL, and -- to cheers from the crowd -- "the fans around the world, you make my dream come true."

The honor is considered even more exclusive than that of being given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the stretch of sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard lined with star-shaped plaques to entertainment greats.

Chinese tourist Haoyahh Wei, looking on, said: "He always makes the greatest movies in the world, and always has creative ideas to put in his new movies .. always has something fun to give to his fans.

"We all love him. He is a very kind person, he always helps others," he added.

LA resident Ivette DeLatorres added: "He's one of the very few actors that actually does his own stunts. I mean he's willing to get on set, break his leg, get a cast on and the very next day show up on set and keep on going.

"That's amazing," she added.

Tucker recalled when he did the first "Rush Hour" film with Chan in 1998. "We traveled around the world... from Asia to Australia to Europe and immediately he helped me get known internationally.

"It was just an honor to be in a movie with him. That was a comedian's dream. He's been a mentor, a big brother. He's the best guy in the whole wide world," he added.

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.

"Twelve years ago I did the handprint, but somebody stole it," he said.

"Then that's the second time. I really want to thank you."

  • Popular hot yoga myths debunked 5 hours ago
    Popular hot yoga myths debunked

    What’s the hottest new workout taking the world by storm? That would be hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga. Conducted in a heated room with sweltering temperatures of about 40°C (or approximately 104° Fahrenheit) and 40 per cent humidity, … Continue reading →

  • Thursday #sgroundup: Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report 6 hours ago
    Thursday #sgroundup: Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report

    Here are today’s top trending stories in case you missed them.

  • Look, don't touch: Flickr photo of the day 18 hours ago
    Look, don't touch: Flickr photo of the day

    If there's one car that's particularly sought-after among today's well-heeled car collectors, a Ferrari 250 would be it. Usually it's the GTO variant, like the 1963 that sold for a record $52 million last year. A 250 of any sorts demands unfathomable cash, however, which is why we can but gawk at this 250 Testa Rossa. It's as close as any mere mortal will ever come to owning one.

  • Photo of a very thin Lee Kuan Yew sparks concern
    Photo of a very thin Lee Kuan Yew sparks concern

    A new picture of Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who is now 90 years old, has drawn concern from people on Singapore's internet space.

  • Waste oil collector struggles after STOMP posts, receives help from kind souls
    Waste oil collector struggles after STOMP posts, receives help from kind souls

    After being photographed at work in Jurong pooling used oil near coffee shops, 50-year-old Valerie Sim has been struggling to keep her family afloat. Web portals STOMP and The Real Singapore published pictures of her in February, triggering a witch hunt for others like her and comments from readers like “Who knows if they’ll use it as cooking oil?” Some readers also said they filed police reports against her and other people they believed were doing the same thing she was.

  • Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake
    Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military commander said critics who called him out for wearing an especially luxurious watch should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake.