This past weekend, actor and comedian Billy Crystal joined the nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity hand/footprints that are set in cement on the Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s forecourt. Crystal’s decades-long career amasses work from Stand-up, Broadway, Television, Film, and hosting the Oscars nine times — on top of being a lifelong Yankees fan.
Surrounded by friends and family, Crystal was introduced to the crowd by longtime friend and colleague Rob Reiner who praised his talents and ribbed him a bit — as best friends do. When Billy took to the stage, he shared that his wife and family is what he is most proud of, “That’s our greatest achievement. It’s not the career, it’s not. That’s all phenomenal, but when you raise two beautiful girls to become wonderful, smart women, that’s the achievement.”
As Billy was about to walk down the platform to make his hand/footprints he noted, “This really means a great deal to me. I don’t take this lightly at all, I take this to my heart…one of my favorite characters, and from what I’ve been told one of yours too (as he speaks to the crowd) is Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. and Monsters U. So, the good people at Pixar sent me one of Mike’s feet. I thought it was only fitting that I put my feet and one of Mike’s feet at the same time.”
With a lengthy career and dozens upon dozens of characters that he has portrayed, what we found to be amazing was that Billy Crystal wanted to add the Mike Wazowski foot with his. He could’ve added anything or nothing at all but from every interview about Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, Crystal has always gushed on how much he loves Mike Wazowski — and we couldn’t agree more. When we think of Billy Crystal, we think of Mike Wazowski!
The Grauman’s Chinese Theater does have a few hand/footprints that standout like Crystal’s, including the imprints of Herbie (the Volkswagen) tires, the facial profile of John Barrymore, and the wands used by Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
Billy Crystal will reprise his role as Mike Wazowski for the new Monsters At Work series set to release in 2020 and available only on Disney+ (launching November 2019). Generating ten-times more power than screams, laughter is still the chosen power generator for Monstropolis, and the show will pick up six months after the completion of Monsters, Inc. D23 notes, “We’ll follow a new monster, Tylor Tuskmon (voiced by Superstore’s Ben Feldman), an enthusiastic and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of following in the footsteps of his idols—Mike and Sulley—and making his way up to the factory Laugh Floor as a Jokester.”
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