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Samuel thrilled to join "a very elite club"

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When you've wielded a light sabre and saved the Big Apple from a homicidal maniac alongside Bruce Willis, it's to be imagined nothing can ruffle your composure. But even Hollywood's king of cool, Samuel L Jackson was overwhelmed by the experience of having his hand and footprints immortalised in concrete outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The star of films like Jungle Fever, the Stars Wars  series and Die Hard III joined the roll call of luminaries such as Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Sophia Loren who've left their mark at the famous spot on Hollywood Boulevard.

Fashionably kitted out as ever in a pair of velvet trousers and a leather jacket, Samuel knelt to make his prints watched by his wife of 25 years, LaTanya Richardson. The Jedi knight called the ceremony "awesome", adding: "You sort of stop to pause and say to yourself, 'Wow, you're in a very elite club.'"

One of the movie industry's late bloomers, he was 46 when a part in cult classic Pulp Fiction catapulted him onto Tinseltown's A-list. But in his long career the 57-year-old's productions have raked in over $3.8 billion at the box office, making him the highest-grossing actor in history.

Cinema audiences can expect to see him back on the silver screen with gritty thriller Freedomland, opposite Julianne Moore.

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The coolest man in Hollywood was invited to make his mark in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, an honour that puts him into an exlusive club. Johnny Depp, Sofia Loren and Tom Hanks have also been awarded this accolade
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The 57-year-old actor, who was joined at the ceremony by his wife LaTanya, said: "It's the kind of thing you don't really think about as a young actor"
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