On Monday it was reported by TMZ that Robert De Niro made a typo while being immortalized in cement in front of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman's).
The 69-year-old actor marked the date “2/14/13” instead of “2/04/13.”
But, the more important story here is: WHY THE HELL IS ROBERT ‘FRIGGIN’ De NIRO JUST NOW GETTING A HANDPRINT?
To help prove our point, here are some of the other, perhaps less relevant celebrities that earned a spot in the concrete before this two-time Academy Award winner:
- The Smurfs
- The Twilight cast— Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart
- The Judging panel on the second season of “The X Factor”
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Adam Sandler
- Uggie — the canine actor from The Artist
According to the Los Angeles Times, handprint ceremonies cost upwards of $45,000 and have been on the rise in recent years.
Honorees featured in the theater’s forecourt are selected by a group of executives at the landmark, based on their impact and contribution to cinematic history.
But others would disagree on the qualifications the committee is using…
“It has nothing to do with who is an authentic, for-the-ages star,” film critic Richard Schickel told the news outlet. “That has deteriorated. It's obviously driven entirely by what is hot at this moment, publicity and money. I guess it's kinda nice, but it's not the ultimate accolade for a movie actor.”