Emma Thompson Falls Over at Hand and Footprint Ceremony in Hollywood
Careful, Emma Thompson! The 54-year-old British actress fell over during her Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, Nov. 7. After removing her hands and black high heels in the cement square, Thompson appeared to slip on the red carpet -- but kept on smiling.
After the apparent mishap, the Oscar winner appeared to theatrically sprawl out on the carpet. Fortunately, Thompson was wearing a modest, long black, white and red pattern dress for the occasion.
The actress may have just been overcome with emotion as well. Her Saving Mr. Banks costar Tom Hanks gave a touching speech before the ceremony. "We wish to convey the following message to Emma: Please, Emma, leave England," he said. "Come here. Live with us. Live amongst us. Los Angeles and Hollywood need your sense and sensibility. England, they don't appreciate you like we do. The U.K. can make no sense of your sensibility."
An emotional Thompson then took the mic and said, "Saving Mr. Banks was one of the best experiences of my whole life and I shall never forget. And this shall insure that I will never forget it. I might have to sit in that cement rather than anything else . . . come on let's get on with it, I can't stand it a moment longer!" (Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of author P.L. Travers' (Thompson) and her negotiations with Walt Disney (Hanks) during the production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.)
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Afterward, Thompson joked to the Associated Press about touching the cement. "It was so funny. I had to throw the shoes away because they were all covered in cement," she said, adding, "But actually they bring towels and everything. It's really not bad.
She also told reporters at the Saving Mr. Banks premiere that same day that it was a "thrill" to honored.
"I came here at fourteen with my dad [Eric Thompson]. And he's long dead. And if you'd told me that one day I'd have my handprints here, I would not have in a thousand years believe it," she shared. "What's interesting about it is you come and it's all big and it's all of this. But the ceremony itself is oddly local. And there's something very charming about it because it's a deeply eccentric thing to do. They present you with this square of cement and you stand in it, put your hands in it, and sign it -- and it's such an odd thing to do."