Kristen Wiig, Russell Crowe Toast Ridley Scott at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Ridley Scott Walk of Fame
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Scott dedicated the honor to his late brother, filmmaker Tony Scott.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Russell Crowe, Djimon Hounsou, Eli Roth, Kristen Wiig, Jerry Bruckheimer and Salma Hayek were among those who turned out on Hollywood Blvd. Thursday afternoon to celebrate the career of director Ridley Scott as the helmer of this year’s hit film “The Martian” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wiig kicked things off with her trademark humor. “We are all here to celebrate and honor your incredible body,” she quipped. “And of course we have to mention your museum of Believe It or Not, right down the street.”

Crowe, who has worked with Scott on five films and grown to become a close friend, said that next to working on a set with Scott, his favorite thing to do is tell stories of those collaborations. “We fought back the barbarian hordes deep in a forest…right next to Gatwick airport,” he joked. “We harvested grapes in the south of France together, we held a medieval castle to siege — we’ve done a lot of things.”

Over the course of a director’s career, Crowe went on, if he or she can produce just one iconic image that holds in people’s minds as soon as they hear the name, then that would be a career of significance. “You’re talking about a guy like Ridley. When you mention his name — the birth scene in ‘Alien,’ the streetscapes of ‘Blade Runner,’ Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon going over a cliff in a car — the images he’s created, the adventures he’s taken the audience on, have just been amazing… This honor, well, quite frankly, it’s just about time, isn’t it?”

Scott spoke briefly about coming to a motion picture career relatively late in life at the age of 40. Prior to that, he remembered walking the very sidewalk on which he was being honored, living in a guest house off Sunset and Vine, passing production of a favorite show, “77 Sunset Strip” with Edd Byrnes and Efrem Zimbalist, hearing Trini Lopez croon his hit “If I Had a Hammer” at the famed P.J.’s night club, watching John Glenn enter orbit on a TV behind the bar and just soaking up the Hollywood experience as a student on a travel scholarship. “The big question for me was how I would return to work here,” he said.

He made it back, of course, coming up in the art department realm and eventually debuting as a feature director with 1977’s “The Duellists.” With “The Martian,” you get the sense that the wave is coming into shore with a film that plays up all his strengths as a filmmaker, providing a moment for the industry to hold a toast — perhaps in the form of Oscar recognition.

In closing, Scott dedicated the honor to his late brother, director Tony Scott. “He was my buddy and my partner,” Scott said. “I know that he’s watching.”

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  1. bijinius says:

    yeah…poor Tony. Poor, poor Tony…It’s so sad to me how one SO fortunate in their career as Mr. Scott was taking their life -> he after all having achieved that rare, all-important Hollywood goal – being responsible for a good many Box Office Home Runs; “Top Gun” even becoming an iconic film unto itself. It just (…again…) goes to show us how fragile a life often is, and how very little we know about the private troubles and tribulations of people…even those considered to be “in the public eye”.

  2. John Ferenz says:

    I think they should RENAME Hollywood Blvd after him. It’s not far from where I stay and I’ll visit his star every day now on my way to work to say thanks for his touching my life with his GENIUS.

    His finest film (BY FAR!) is Prometheus and I’m pretty sure TPTB are trying to stop his message getting out by using shills and attempts to screw with the sequel but I know that he’ll find a way, someone as brilliant as him will ALWAYS get their message to someone WHO KNOWS what they are saying.

    I’m not alone, people know how great he is and one day you’ll all see, but that day will be too late for you. Haters are not welcome in PARADISE . It is LOST to them!!

  3. Jim says:

    “This honor, well, quite frankly, it’s just about time, isn’t it?” Well said! Love Ridley’s work!

  4. REALITYTAINMENT says:

    Britshit revisionism junk. Alien propatainment BS CBS knows America will never see or hear of. Television is beneath its last legs. A bought star on an LA street doesn’t mean BS to that street it’s on or the world it’s in or the Americans who step on it everyday. Water under the bridge.

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