He Put His Foot In It! Kenneth Branagh Is Immortalized In Concrete At Handprint Ceremony At TCL Chinese Theatre In Hollywood
Daily Mail, 27 October 2017
Anyone can nominate anyone for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But only a very special few get immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theatre — and Kenneth Branagh joined them on Thursday.
The 56-year-old screen and stage legend added his hand and footprints to the 200 or so concrete impressions filling the landmark Hollywood forecourt.
The Northern Irishman has been nominated for five Oscars, and is one of only eight people to have ever been nominated for best Actor and Best Director for the same film: 1989's 'Henry V'.
Renowned for bringing William Shakespeare's works to the big screen, he has also directed and or stared in 'Othello', 'Hamlet' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
His resume includes plenty of blockbusters too, starring in 'Valkyrie', 'Dunkirk', and 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets', as well as directing Marvel's 'Thor'.
His upcoming project he also directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Murder On The Orient Express'.
On Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, he admitted to the host he was thrilled with the honor, but worried about his placement.
'I am thrilled, as a kid from Belfast who used to watched movies coming from Hollywood, for this to happen is pretty special,' he revealed.
'But they don't tell you where you are going to be put, so I'm a little bit nervous about where I'm going to be.'
'Maybe I'm a little animal sensitive, but I'm worried about being next to Rin Tin Tin or Lassie,' he continued. 'Frankly both their movies were much bigger than anything I've ever done, so it would be kind of embarrassing.'
The actor, who has also been knighted by Queen Elisabeth II, also admitted he was TBD on whether or not he would rmove his shoes for the ceremony.
But after much urging from Kimmel — who argued that handprints were handprints but shoeprints 'could be anybody's shoes — Branagh agreed to go barefoot, and was true to his word the following day.
While most stars leave their hand and foot (or shoe) prints and a signature in the cement, there have been a number of variation impressions left over the years including Groucho Marx's cigar, Herbie the Lovebug's tyres, and Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson's Harry Potter wands.