Star Wars Smits Earns Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Princess Leia’s adopted dad, Bail Organa himself, earned himself a star in Hollywood….
It stands to reason that Jimmy Smits, whose lesser roles include four (or so) stints as Bail Organa (Princess Leia’s adopted pop) in the Star Wars prequels, will be remembered for a long time to come.
But there’s nothing like joining folks like Walt Disney, Alec Guinness, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford in an honor such as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to solidify the sentiment.
Jimmy Smits Earns Hollywood Honor
When he spoke at the Walk of Fame ceremony on June 2, Smits told the attendees,
This is pretty mind-blowing stuff because it carries permanence that is humbling.”
“In an industry when even your employment can be so fleeting, this kind of feels like forever,” he added in a quote carried by his hometown Brooklyn Reporter.
You can watch the ceremony below:
But even before Smits showed up on the famous sidewalk, it was clear that the permanence he spoke about was already secure.
Prior to the day, none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke about one of Smits movies, Mi Familia (and his Star Wars role) while talking to Variety.
“I remember seeing it on a school trip with other Latino kids. We all went to see it when it came out,” Miranda recalled. “You know, that’s Bobby Simone from ‘NYPD Blue’ and Leia’s dad! It’s crazy he’s in our movie.”
“Our movie” is In the Heights, Miranda’s latest (Broadway to Hollywood) opus.
And director Jon M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians, said a mouthful when he spoke about Smits.
“He is truth. He is a rock that has been present in this business and on the big screen and on the small screen for years, and he never backed down, and he never strived for less than excellence. I think he is a beacon of what we all want in representation.”
Humble as ever, Smits explained, ““[I’m] Just a Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn who was determined to follow his dream and chase passion.
“Today is honestly beyond anything I could’ve envisioned.”
Feature Image: Lucasfilm