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La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling left their (permanent) marks on Hollywood as they placed their hand and footprints in the concrete in front of the historic TCL Chinese Theater to join the ranks of Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Jackman and others. Stone joked at the ceremony, “I moved to L.A. when I was 15 and came here, and my hands are an exact match for Jane Russell, so if you’re looking for a Jane Russell hand double, I’m your girl.”
Alwyn Hight Kushner, president of the TCL Chinese Theater, noted that the ceremony would succeed in “creating an everlasting homage to Hollywood and its legendary artists.”
Following the introductions, Stone and Gosling took the stage to express their gratitude and excitement.
Stone lead by saying, “This is embarrassing — I thought this was maybe the kind of a thing where you come and put your hand prints in cement and then they take them away and put them up somewhere. I was just told that they were going to stay here, so I cried a little bit inside.” She continued, “This is an incredible experience and making this movie was an incredible experience. What a place to get to commemorate that.”
Gosling followed up with, “I’m still not completely convinced that we’re not going to be arrested for vandalism, but I’m going to take your word for it that we’re allowed to do this. We had an opportunity to shoot in most of Los Angeles’ iconic locations except for this (the Chinese Theater) so I guess this is the final piece to the puzzle. It’s a beautiful way to end this experience.”
The duo then completed the ceremony by engraving the cement with their signatures and their hand and footprints. Afterwards, Stone commented, “I brought an extra pair of shoes that will now and forever be ruined. But, guess who didn’t change his: Ryan,” and she pointed out the fact that Gosling was still standing in his cement encrusted dress shoes.
The ceremony marked Emma Stone’s second honor of the day, as she went straight to the ceremony from THR’s Women in Entertainment breakfast, where she presented scholarships on behalf of the WIE Mentorship program.
La La Land is set to premiere Dec. 9, 2016.
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