Jackie Chan leaves handprints, sockprints in Hollywood (Video)
Jackie Chan had his handprints (and sockprints) immortalized in cement ... again.
The action star was the guest of honor at his handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, June 6. During his speech, Chan revealed it was actually the second time he had left his handprints at the theatre.
During his speech at the ceremony, Chan also talked about the first time he went to the Chinese Theatre, which was during the 1993 premiere of the Sylvester Stallone action film "Cliffhanger."
"I walked on the red carpet, not in the middle [but] on the side," he said. "I see there [were] so many stars doing the interviews. At that time [I had] nothing to do. I [was] standing there looking around. I see the handprint[s], I see the red carpet, I see the John Wayne, I see the star. Then I talked to myself at that time, 'When [will] I have my own things?'"
"During all those years, my dreams slowly, slowly -- I got many, many times red carpet, a star, a handprint," he said before adding, "Actually, I think I'm the first one to do the second time handprint. Because 12 years ago, I do the handprint but they -- somebody stole it."
Representatives for the TCL Chinese Theatre, which was previously known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, told Reuters that Chan was the first two-time inductee. The spokespeople were not sure when his first handprint cement slab disappeared, but were sure it was not stolen.
Chan later explained the situation to OTRC.com after the ceremony.
"Twelve years ago we [did it] once, [it] was [a] big event. Then, finally, through all those years I received so many phone calls, letters, everybody visit here [and] they only see the star, they never see the handprint," Chan said.
He later added that there were a lot of complaints and he reached out to the new owners of the theatre and asked about the handprints. After not being able to locate his cement slab, the owners wanted to do the ceremony over again.
The 59-year-old actor was joined at the ceremony by his "Rush Hour" co-star Chris Tucker and his "Karate Kid" co-star Jaden Smith. He wore toe socks to the event and later stepped with his socks onto the cement.
Second handprint ceremony for Jackie Chan
Chan also told OTRC.com that he never imagined he would get such an honor.
"Never, never. That's beyond my thinking. You know, when I - as I start in Hong Kong, Hollywood [was] too far away," Chan said. He later added, "I tried to get in for so many years but they just [didn't] accept my kind of action."
Chan has done over 100 films over the course of his career, but he is likely best known to American audiences for his role in the "Rush Hour" franchise. Recently the actor has expressed his desire to retire from doing action films. He told Reuters during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival in May that he could no longer do his own stunts at his age.
"I am not a superhero," Chan told the news outlet. "I really want to be like an Asian Robert de Niro who can do all kinds of things - comedy, drama, heavy roles."
"I am not young any more ... and I don't want to break my ankle or my arm again," he added.
Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).