Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth cemented themselves in Hollywood history during a Handprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, anticipating the release of the franchise’s final installment “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.”
“Actress Jennifer Lawrence is perhaps best known for playing Katniss Evergreen,” TCL Chinese Theatre President Alwyn Hight Kushner flubbed after getting the character’s name right once prior. The audience let out a quiet “boo” and sporadic mutterings of “Everdeen…”
Kushner introduced Conan O’Brien, who stepped up to the podium and announced, “That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. I’m the one you’re really here to see.” O’Brien told a few jokes (including one about J.J. Abrams rebooting the “Hunger Games” franchise in six months), gave a shout-out to the cast and creators and gave some context to the ceremony, noting the history and origins of the tradition — it all started when silent film star Norma Talmadge “unwittingly stepped in wet cement.”
O’Brien also engaged in some banter. “I’ll hold for your ‘woos,’” O’Brien joked at one point when the audience cheered. “Yeah, that one was late,” he said to a late woo-er.
“Sorry!” the person yelled back.
“I hate a wait loo.” O’Brien said, executing the second flub of the morning. “I’ve been drinking. I get started earlier on Halloween.” O’Brien proceeded to give a dramatic welcome to Los Angeles City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, who officially introduced the three stars.
Lawrence stepped up to the podium wearing tall stilettos that would later enter the wet cement. “I did not know that we were going to have to make a speech today,” she said.
“You can do it, Jen!” someone yelled from the crowd.
“I’m very grateful,” the actress continued. “I think I can say that on behalf of everyone here for the ‘Hunger Games.’ I can’t remember your names. I’m just kidding, I know your names. Anyway, Liam?”
Hemsworth stepped up next and turned to his co-stars. “I’m going to say to you guys that I’m honored to share it with you,” he said. “Let’s just be friends forever.”
Finally, Hutcherson gave a shout-out to fans. “You guys supported us before the first movie and it could have been really bad, so thank you for that,” he said. “You guys give us the energy to keep going.”
The three signed their names, placed their hands and feet in the cement and stuck around to sign a few autographs, successfully fulfilling their ceremonial duties.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” bows in wide release on November 20.