Mel Brooks – what a gas! The comedian and director of Young Frankenstein decided to celebrate his memorialization at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre by giving fans the finger. The 11th finger, that is.
It was back in 2014, but it’ll be with us (in cement, at least) forever.
It’s true; Mel Brooks had 11 fingers when he pressed his hands in the cement at the ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his film Young Frankenstein. But one was a prosthetic.
A mere 88 years young at the time, Brooks explained his shenanigans later that same day on Conan O’Brien’s Late Show:
“I wanted to do something just a little different, I didn’t know what,” he told O’Brien. “So I got another finger.”
At the time of the ceremony, he joked around with his son: “About time, huh,” Max Brooks reportedly said. “Comedians never get their fair share of recognition in Hollywood…”
At the time, Mel Brooks gave a heartfelt thanks to his fans, saying: “I want to thank you all for being here and being part of the wonderful charade. I really love it.”
The charade involved an extra finger, but it seems it was one of the polite ones.
Now age 95, we’re just happy Mel is around to keep us laughing. – WTF fun facts
Source: “Mel Brooks brings extra finger to Hollywood handprint ceremony” — CBS News