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Sandler leaves print in cement at Grauman's

Actor-comedian says he can now be called ‘legendary’
/ Source: The Associated Press

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler was honored for his work Tuesday, leaving his hand and footprints in cement at the fabled Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

"Today's one of the first times when I'm just sitting back and doing what my father told me and enjoying the moment and enjoying the fact that this is a terrific feeling," he told an audience that included Jack Nicholson, Rob Schneider and Kathy Bates.

Sandler said that when he told his family he was pursuing an acting career, his relatives told him he would follow in the footsteps of some big stars.

"I didn't become any of those people," said Sandler. "But today I can officially say I am now the legendary Adam Sandler."

He wrote in the cement, "Hi to everyone," and left his handprints and prints of his shoes.

The ceremony coincided with the opening of Sandler's latest film, the remake of the "The Longest Yard," which is scheduled to debut in theaters on May 27.

The first footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, more than 180 stars have been immortalized, along with hands and feet and, in the case of Jimmy (The Schnozz) Durante, even a nose.