Hugh Jackman made a very special in-person appearance today on Hollywood Blvd. in front of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater in order to leave his hand and footprints in the pavement in front of the theater. Jackman‘s prints will sit alongside Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck … which ain’t too shabby. Here are pics of Hugh at today’s hand/footprint ceremony and some deets from the event:
Hugh Jackman has cemented his claws and paws in Hollywood history. The Australian star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was honoured at a ceremony on Tuesday outside Hollywood Boulevard’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where his hand and footprints were immortalised in cement. Jackman’s markings sit alongside the legends of Hollywood, with the likes of Marilyn Monroe , John Wayne , Frank Sinatra , Clark Gable , Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Humphrey Bogart performing similar ceremonies in the theatre’s iconic forecourt the past 70 years. “I have to tell you,” Jackman told a vocal crowd of about 500 fans and dignitaries, including Rupert Murdoch, owner of the 20th Century Fox film studio, which is releasing the Wolverine film. “This particular block of real estate has brought me two moments in my life I thought would never ever happen. Hosting the Oscars and now here today. It means the world to me to be here.” Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is located next to the Kodak Theatre, the home of the annual Oscars ceremony. Sydney-born Jackman, 41, hosted February’s Oscars and was so well received that he’s expected to be asked to perform the job again next year.
I’d say that Hugh Jackman is having a pretty great career right about now. Everyone wants a piece of him (in more ways than one) and he rarely disappoints. Even tho Australia wasn’t the blockbuster it was promised to be, Hugh was (by all accounts) the best thing in that film. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine opening in theaters in about 2 weeks time, he is about to take off as a superhero leading man. It is quite an honor to leave your handprints in the cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. While there are hundreds and hundreds of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there are just a few sets of hand/footprints in front of the theater. Personally, I think it would’ve been kinda cool if he would’ve also left his Wolverine claw marks in the pavement but … I guess beggers can’t be choosers. Congrats, Hugh! You’re a true megastar now!