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Thursday 24 July 2014

Jackie Chan given Hollywood honour

Jackie Chan was delighted with his Hollywood recognition

Jackie Chan has revealed he has dreamed of being immortalised in Hollywood for 20 years.

The Rush Hour actor was given one of the industry's biggest accolades when he placed his hands and feet in cement outside the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

The action movie star was joined by his Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and his Karate Kid protege Jaden Smith as he did the honours in front of crowds of cheering fans.

Addressing the crowd he said: "Twenty years ago in 1993 Sylvester Stallone invited me to America to The Cliffhanger premiere, it was my first time at the Chinese Theatre. I didn't walk in the middle, I walked down the side.

"I saw so many stars doing the interviews and I stood there with nothing to do, looking around at the handprints and the red carpet and the stars and talked to myself, saying: 'When will I have my own things?'

"Through all those years my dreams have slowly, slowly got there."

Blowing kisses to the crowd he said: "I really want to thank you all for the support, to fans around the world you made my dream come true."

The 59-year-old martial arts expert broke with tradition by stepping into cement in his socked feet rather than in his shoes and even made an imprint with his lips by kissing the cement slab.

The Chinese superstar, the first to be honoured at the Chinese Theatre, will next be seen on the big screen in The Expendables 3 in 2014.

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