LOS ANGELES — Chinese action film star Jackie Chan on Thursday became the first person to twice leave the imprints of his hands and feet in cement at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theatre.
Chan, who has starred in some 150 films in a career spanning more than 40 years, first left imprints in the forecourt of the theater in 1997, adding to the collection that features screen legends from Clark Gable to Marilyn Monroe.
But over the years, as ownership of the theater changed hands, the cement slab featuring Chan’s prints was lost. Slabs are changed often to make room for new entries in the collection.
Representatives at the newly named TCL Chinese Theatre confirmed that Chan was the first two-time inductee. They said they did not know when the prints vanished but were sure that the slab was not stolen from the forecourt.
On Thursday Chan left imprints of his hands, feet and nose in cement, accompanied by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker and “The Karate Kid” co-star Jaden Smith.
Chan, 59, told a crowd gathered for the occasion that he had always dreamed of having his prints in cement at the theater.
“My first time in the Chinese Theatre, I walked on the red carpet … and I see that there are so many stars doing the interviews. And at that time I had nothing to do, standing there looking around,” he said.
“During all those years I dreamed. Slowly, slowly, I got there,” the actor said.
Chan has become one of China’s biggest film stars, crossing into Hollywood movies with his Kung Fu fighting skills and ability to do his own action stunts.
Last month at the Cannes film festival, Chan told Reuters that after countless broken bones and smashed teeth, he was giving up doing his own stunts but wanted to continue acting across different genres.