Though he's been a part of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises for more than two decades — which is to say nothing of his countless No. 1 hit singles — Fast & Furious star Chris "Ludacris" Bridges never thought he would have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So, imagine his surprise that he now has one.
"The fans have to tell you how successful you are and when you come into icon territory, and that's when things like this can come into fruition," Bridges told A.frame. "I would say an overall body of work and a whole lot of time, that's where it all began."
From his Fast Saga cast to a surprise appearance from his daughter, Ludacris was not short on family during his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Thursday, May 18. Vin Diesel and LL Cool J both delivered speeches honoring Bridges' milestone, while Fast co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster were also in attendance, along with Gabrielle Union and Queen Latifah.
"With gratitude, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. It is the most important element in life, and I see it in my brother Chris with shining colors," Diesel said during his tribute. "You cannot know him without feeling this sense of gratitude that he carries with him everywhere. It's what makes him so powerful, and it’s what makes me so proud."
The day also happened to mark the theatrical release of Fast X, the 10th installment in the franchise and Bridges' seventh appearance as Tej Parker. (He made his debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month.) During his speech, Bridges thanked his "heroes in heaven," including the late Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, who cast Bridges as Tej, and the late actor Paul Walker, who starred as Brian O'Conner in the Fast films.
When asked what the honor means to him, Ludacris reflected to A.frame, "I'm going to look at this as a time where I was able to be celebrated. I think all the people that were here is what makes me so emotional, because a lot of people I truly care about showed up for me here today."
By Anthony Robledo