Cruise honours Stiller in Hollywood

This Is Local London: Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Ben Stiller has admitted he had a nightmare nobody would show up to support him as he placed his handprints in cement in Hollywood.

The Zoolander star was joined by his friend Tom Cruise for the prestigious ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre and he confessed the Mission Impossible star was an insurance policy to make sure he got a good turnout.

Speaking after he placed his hands and feet in wet cement and signed his name, Ben said: "I was very nervous, it is one of those things you get a little bit tight for because it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that you don't want to screw up.

"I kind of did OK think, I could maybe have made my name a touch smaller, I almost ran out of space. But to just look out there and see the faces of the friends and family who showed up and that people actually came is nice, you have that nightmare that nobody is going to show up but I had the Tom Cruise insurance policy which was great."

Welcoming Ben out on to the stage ahead of the ceremony, Tom paid tribute to his old friend.

"I know Ben and I know what it takes to do what he does and the commitment that he brings, the love of cinema, the love of storytelling and the love of entertaining an audience. When you see his movies you have no idea how much this man cares."

In his speech to the audience, the Reality Bites director said: "This is like a weird surreal dream, I am here at the Chinese theatre, I'm getting my handprints in cement, Tom Cruise is there, Michael Jordan comes out and does a slam dunk over a Lamborghini, the Beastie Boys dedicate a song to me and Sheryl Ladd pops out of a cake, that is usually how the dream ends.

"I'm humbled and I'm touched and I'm very proud to know that wherever I go and long after I am dead my footrpints will be here in Hollywood, being stood on by a fake Shrek posing with tourists for a dollar."

Ben's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be in UK cinemas on Boxing Day.

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