Mel Brooks Gets Street Named After Him: "People Are Going to Walk All Over Me"

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Fox also honored the legendary director with a 'Young Frankenstein' mural on its lot

Mel Brooks says people "walk all over" him — and that's a good thing.

Fox honored Brooks by renaming a street on its lot Mel Brooks Boulevard, and Brooks had plenty to say during a dedication ceremony Thursday.

"Now that they've got a street named after me, people are going to walk all over me," Brooks told the crowd.

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The newly named Mel Brooks Boulevard  runs by Stage 5, where Young Frankenstein was shot 40 years ago, and which now is adorned by a new mural featuring Brooks and stars Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr.

"This is one of the greatest honors ever bestowed on me. I wish there was some money that came with it, but hey — I don't want to be greedy. I got a free lunch," Brooks told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the honor was genuinely moving.

Fox chief Jim Gianopulos was onhand for the honors, and praised Brooks and Young Frankenstein.

"The film itself was lauded by critics, by historians. It was accepted in the United States National Film Preservation Board as culturally, historically and aesthetically significant," he told the crowd at the ceremony. "When you think about the movie and when you think about those words, they don't go together — except that it truly is aesthetically, culturally and historically significant."

The film was recently chosen as one of Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films in a THR survey of the industry.

The new Young Frankenstein Blu-ray is available now.

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