Robert De Niro Honored in Cement at TCL Chinese Theatre


0  Updated at 2:55 am, February 5th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Robert De Niro on Monday morning was honored outside Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, where he placed his handprints and footprints into cement.

His Analyze This co-star, Billy Crystal, and his Silver Linings Playbook director, David O. Russell, spoke at the ceremony.

The 69-year-old De Niro cracked a few jokes when it was his turn to address the crowd, including one that referenced his Raging Bull and Goodfellas co-star, Joe Pesci.

He quipped, “Joe Pesci always said I would end up with my feet in cement.  I don’t think this is what he had in mind.”

De Niro emphasized the attachment he feels for Hollywood.

He said, “I’m a New Yorker.  It’s where I was born.  It’s where I live.  It’s where I raised my kids.  It’s where I started a film festival.  It’s home.  But Hollywood is home too.”

A rep for the theatre tells that it later fixed a typo in De Niro’s block of cement — he had incorrectly dated it 2/14/13, rather than 2/4/13.

De Niro, who’s won two Academy Awards during his career, is nominated for the upcoming Oscars ceremony for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

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