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Broderick, Lane receive Walk of Fame stars

Only the fourth time in history that two stars have been honored at once
/ Source: Reuters

For only the fourth time ever in Tinseltown, two celebrities were honored simultaneously on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday — “The Producers” co-stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

Surrounded by cheering fans, the actors posed for photos as two pink terrazzo stars engraved with their respective names were unveiled on the sidewalk outside the Kodak Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard.

“I hope you all will curb your dogs when you walk in this area,” Broderick, 43, joked as he and Lane, 49, took the podium together to address the crowd.

Broderick was accompanied by his wife, “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker.

Said Lane: “Thank you all for coming today. Obviously, this is a great honor. I’m overwhelmed. I’m more than overwhelmed.”

Moments earlier, producer-director Mel Brooks, who brought “The Producers” to the stage as a Broadway blockbuster decades after writing and directing the original 1968 film, introduced his co-stars by saying he was “whelmed” by the occasion.

“These men have done so much for me privately and personally,” Brooks gushed mockingly. “Without them, I’d be living around the corner in a little motel just trying to make ends meet. ... It’s almost a pleasure to be here.”

Broderick and Lane currently share the big screen in the movie version of “The Producers,” reprising their stage roles as two theatrical impresarios, Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock, who create Broadway’s most unlikely musical hit with “Springtime for Hitler.”

The two performers also are starring together on Broadway in the sold-out revival of Neil Simon’s comedy classic “The Odd Couple.”

Monday’s dual ceremony brought to 2,300 the number of stars enshrined on the 46-year-old Hollywood Walk of Fame. Actress Joanne Woodward received the first Walk of Fame star in 1960.

Since then, organizers have held only three other double-star unveilings — for Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton, co-stars of the 1984 film “Rhinestone;” Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless of television’s “Cagney & Lacey;” and Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall of TV’s “Laverne & Shirley.”