It’s one of Hollywood’s most iconic landmarks – the world’s biggest stars getting their handprints and footprints placed in cement out the front of the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. And later this month, the stars of the massive Hunger Games series will be added to the list “reserved for Hollywood’s biggest luminaries”. And alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will be Josh Taylor from Neighbours – Australia’s very own Liam Hemsworth.
Liam joins a small and exclusive list of Australian actors who have had their prints preserved in front of the iconic Los Angeles cinema. Rather impressive in its own right is that he’s beat The Avengers – including brother Thor – to the opportunity. They are:
May Robson (April 22, 1937)
Mel Gibson (August 23, 1993) – technically born in America, but we’ll still count him…
Hugh Jackman (April 21, 2009)
The ceremony will take place in Hollywood on October 31st, in advance of the release of the final instalment of the film series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which is released in Australia on November 19th.
For those who don’t know much about the tradition, here are some details:
The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX handprints-footprints ceremony is rich in tradition and provides its four million-plus annual visitors an opportunity to experience the lore of Hollywood up close.
Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman, who was one of Hollywood’s best known and most creative showmen, opened The Chinese in 1927 and launched the handprint-footprint ceremony a year later, as a promotion to advertise his many premieres and first run films. Recent celebrants have included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Jennifer Aniston. In any given year, The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX hosts over 40 red carpet film premieres and since it opened, it has hosted three Academy Award® ceremonies and numerous world premieres.