I saw these photos last night, and I’m still utterly bewildered by them. Yesterday, Donald Sutherland got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because he’s never gotten one before?!? In what world does a dude who has been making movies – GOOD movies – since the 1960s not have a star already?!? Anyway, so he got his star. And Colin Farrell came out to celebrate. They worked together in Ask the Dust, and the upcoming Horrible Bosses. Anyway, Colin was somehow available to come out, and yet Donald’s son Kiefer was NOT able to. What?
His son Kiefer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame over two years ago, but on Wednesday it was Donald Sutherland’s turn to receive the honour. The 75-year-old actor – who has starred in such films as The Dirty Dozen, Don’t Look Now and MASH – was given the star in a ceremony outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. And his star was placed next to Kiefer’s – although the actor was unable to join his father and other relatives at the event due to work commitments.
Instead, he sent a message to the ceremony which was read out by actor Colin Farrell – who starred with Sutherland in the 2006 film Ask The Dust and is reunited with him in the forthcoming comedy Horrible Bosses.
‘I selfishly wanted to be there to tell you how proud I am to have you as my father and how even more proud I am to be your son,’ Kiefer said in his tribute.
Sutherland, meanwhile, joked that having a star on the Walk of Fame was better than getting a headstone at the cemetery as he could ‘come and visit’.
‘I could get a chair and sit here, or a bucket and a mop and clean it, and make sure that people don’t step on it,’ he joked.
Sutherland, who was born in New Brunswick in 1935, has appeared in more than 130 movies, beginning his film career with small roles in films and TV shows in the early 1960s. However his big break came with the 1967 film The Dirty Dozen, the story of a group of convicted murderers who are sent on a special mission during World War II to infiltrate enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.
Sutherland’s other major film roles include psychological horror film Don’t Look Now, satirical war film MASH, the hit comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House and the cop thriller Klute, alongside Jane Fonda. More recently he has starred in Cold Mountain, the remake of The Italian Job, and the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice in which he played Mr Bennet. Sutherland’s new film The Mechanic, an action thriller starring British actor Jason Statham, is released in the UK on February 4, while Horrible Bosses will be released later this year. He will also be seen on screen this spring in the Roman epic The Eagle.
Sutherland has appeared alongside Kiefer in two films – Max Dugan Returns in 1983, which was Kiefer’s movie debut, and the 1997 John Grisham adaptation A Time To Kill. Kiefer has also been busy since his long-running TV series 24 came to an end last year. He provided the voice of one of the canine characters in the children’s film Marmaduke last summer, and is starring in Melancholia, the new film from cult director Lars von Trier, which also stars Kirsten Dunst.
[From The Daily Mail]
See, I like when stars get that the Walk of Fame is inherently cheesy and uncool, but they’re still able to ACT like it’s an honor. It’s Colin Firth versus Gwyneth Paltrow. Goopy acted like she could barely deign to be seen by her star, while Colin Firth actually got a bit weepy and sentimental with the honor. It sounds like Donald was genuinely touched – which is nice. But Colin Farrell? Really?
UPDATE: Re: My contention that Donald had Irish ancestry. Okay, I have a very strong memory of Donald giving an interview where he discussed his Irish roots and the first time he traveled to Ireland and how it felt like home for him. Maybe I’m not remembering it correctly, or maybe that interview never happened, I don’t know. I honestly thought he had strong Irish ancestry, but I accept that I’m probably very wrong. I apologize to you Canadian and Scottish bitches who claim Donald as your own. My bad!
Photos courtesy of WENN.