Quentin Tarantino Feted With Walk of Fame Star
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was joined by a group of his celebrity collaborators to unveil his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. Just days before the release of his gritty new Western The Hateful Eight, the director/writer unveiled the 2,569th plaque on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
During the ceremony, Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L. Jackson, who was celebrating his 67th birthday, paid tribute to his friend and colleague, recalling how they both used to walk the streets of L.A. and marvel at the stars on the sidewalk. “Knowing what kind of cinephile he is, the reverence he holds for these names, I was very, very proud the day I got my star and I know what it means to him, cause of what he thinks and how he reveres this business and the art of filmmaking,” Jackson told the crowd. “There aren’t a lot of people in this business who still look at filmmaking the way Quentin does and the purity of what it is and what it should be.” Tarantino told the audience, “Wow, I guess I must have become a big shot… One of the first times I walked this sidewalk was when I came to see Diamonds Are Forever. The line went all the way down the block and at one point, as I stood in that line, I stood right here. I take it seriously that I am a member of this community, I am a member of this town. I’m happy to have my star on the Walk of Fame with all the other people who have done a wonderful job in this town.” In addition to Jackson, other stars from Tarantino’s films also came out to fete the filmmaker, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Pam Grier, Demian Bichir and Craig Stark, among others. The Hateful Eight opens in limited release Christmas Day and nationwide December 31.