Mel Brooks had a long career in Hollywood as a writer and a comedian, and it will be quite some time before we stop hearing his name around town. For his hand & footprint ceremony outside Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, the award-winning filmmaker wore a prosthetic sixth-finger on one hand. His smile afterwards was priceless and brought charm and excitement to the ceremony.
Brooks, 88, has an Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay in the movie, The Producers, as well as a number of Emmy Awards. In addition to his Hollywood Boulevard tribute, Brooks is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his most celebrated film, Young Frankenstein. According to NY Daily News, “Four decades after the release of Brooks’ 1974 film, Young Frankenstein, the comedy starring Gene Wilder is today ranked number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest films.” Afterwards, Brooks tweeted to his fans “I desperately need to wash my hands” and later following up with another tweet stating, “Hands are clean but the shoes will never be the same.”
“Brooks’ handprint-footprint follows recent impressions by Robert DeNiro, Jackie Chan, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Anniston, Jane Fonda, and Jerry Lewis.”
Brooks is an established figure in the film industry and this helps mark his place in Hollywood’s glamorous history. It was a pleasure to see Brooks in such good spirits. Be sure to watch his speech at the ceremony below!
Hollywood knows how to go out with style. See what Mel Brooks does to catch everyone’s attention at a recent tribute to him and his work!