GA Mark Ruffalo ceremony wouldn't be complete without pressure washers and cleverly placed privacy screens. Before the actor came to Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday with eulogists David Fincher, Timothy McNeil and Jennifer Garner and wife Sunrise, son Keen and daughter Bella, to be honored with one of the famous pink stars after the Oscar nomination for the film “Poor Things”. The Chamber of Commerce spent hours decorating the Walk of Fame. Homeless people staying at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue were forced to move. Pools of urine and feces were washed away. The windows of the abandoned First National Building in Hollywood, in front of which a stage had been set up for Ruffalo and eulogists, disappeared behind black foil, aging sidewalk tiles under a red carpet.
Ruffalo, who bussed from San Diego to Los Angeles as an eighteen-year-old to take classes at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting next door, recalled the better days of the Walk of Fame. “Back then, I walked up and down that street, every day, a thousand times,” the 56-year-old actor and producer told attendees at the ceremony. According to Ruffalo, he was magically drawn to the stars of Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo.
Ferraris on Hollywood Boulevard opened for $89
Almost 40 years later, one can only imagine the appeal. Hollywood's mile-long Mile of Fame, on which Ruffalo's star now adorns more than 2,700 other awards, has little to do with glamour. While movie premieres regularly roll out the red carpet in front of historic theaters like the TCL Chinese Theatre, Pantages and El Capitan, and the Dolby Theater is known as the home of the Academy Awards, the Walk of Fame is reminiscent of the running time. party mile off. In “Hollywood Souvenirs,” plastic Oscar figurines line up with printed clip-on glasses, palm tree-decorated key chains and “Terminator” dolls. Countless t-shirt shops and tattoo studios advertise cheap prices. Attractions offer bus tours to celebrity mansions or through Hollywood at night. If you prefer something more individual, for $89 you can take a ride at a Ferrari open a few blocks away on Hollywood Boulevard.
Traditional addresses like the Roosevelt Hotel and “Musso & Frank,” known as a celebrity hangout from movies like “Ocean's Eleven” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” are now scrambling to provide security. Bouncers will only allow visitors who can show a reservation to pass through. In recent years, the Walk of Fame and surrounding neighborhoods have seen repeated shootings, stabbings and sexual assaults after disputes over drug dealing or gambling. Along with Downtown, one of the largest tent cities in the US, and Skid Row, home to approximately 15,000 homeless people, Hollywood is now one of the most dangerous areas in Los Angeles. “It's getting worse. Many say the Mile of Fame has turned into the Mile of Infamy,” says occasional actor Gregg Donovan, known as the “Hollywood Ambassador” in his top hat and Walk of Fame.