Hollywood landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (www.chinesetheatres.com), is set to honor its 254th celebrity, Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke, with his own hand and footprints ceremony on Monday, October 31 at 11:00 AM. The masters of ceremony and guest speaker will be announced.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre hands and footprints ceremony is rich in tradition. More than four million plus people a year visit the site for an opportunity to experience the lore of Hollywood up close. The handprints andfootprints of Hollywood’s most notable talents are embedded in the walk in front of the landmark theatre. Unlike anyother award in Hollywood, be it an Oscar(R) or a sidewalk ceremony, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre handprints-footprints tribute is the most selective of all, since over the course of nine decades, only 250-plus such honors have been presented.
Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman, one of Hollywood’s best known and most creative showmen, opened The Chinese in 1927 and launched the handprints-footprints ceremony a year later. Among the first handprints and footprints were those of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Recent celebrants have included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Jennifer Aniston.
Rourke received widespread acclaim for his performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His list of feature credits includes John Madden’s “Killshot,” Tony Scott’s “Domino” and “Man on Fire,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” Larry Charles’ “Masked” and Anonymous,” Steve Buscemi’s “Animal Factory” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker.”
Rourke already earned a place for himself in Hollywood with his ability to mesmerize audiences in his earlier films, including Michael Cimino’s “Desperate Hours,” Alan Parker’s “Angel Heart,” Mike Hodges’ “A Prayer for the Dying,” Adrian Lyne’s “Nine 1/2 Weeks,” Cimino’s “Year of the Dragon,” Stuart Rosenberg’s “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” Barry Levinson’s “Diner,” Lawrence Kasdan’s “Body Heat,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” and Steven Spielberg’s “1941.”
The actor recently starred in the blockbuster sequel, “Iron Man 2” and Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables.”
Up next, Rourke will be seen in the 3D epic adventure “Immortals,” starring Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, and John Hurt. Directed by Tarsem Singh, from a screenplay by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, “Immortals” tells the story of the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke), who leads his bloodthirsty army on amurderous rampage across Greece to find a deadly weapon that will destroy humanity. Theseus (Cavill), a mortal chosen by Zeus, must lead the fight against Hyperion and his evil army with the fate of mankind and the Gods at stake.
That film will be released by Relativity Media on November 11, 2011.