Almost a dozen actors appeared on stage to toast Steve Martin’s talent when on Tuesday night he was awarded by the American Film Institute for his magnificent life achievements.
More than a dozen actors appeared on stage to toast Steve Martin’s talent when on Tuesday night he was awarded by the American Film Institute for his magnificent life achievements.
How do I top this parade of stars who’ve been so, so funny?
– asked Mr Martin at the ceremony that was held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater after being feted by numerous famous guests.
Then he joked in his answer, saying:
Tonight is especially meaningful to me, because when I was a kid, I used to get all dressed up and play AFI Lifetime Achievement Award
Among those who joined Martin there and then stated in a speech about their deepest love and respect to the famous comedian were Steve Carell, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Silverman, Fey and Reiner, along with Amy Poehler, Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin, Steve Carell and many others.
The 70-year-old Martin, who is best known for such films as Parenthood, The Man With Two Brains, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Roxanne, was called a genius by Tina Fey while Sarah Silverman said he was her inspiration.
The most versatile human being there is on our planet as far as show business and making people laugh.
– admitted Carl Reiner about Steve Martin, who had been joking all the time.
For example when Short, who starred with Martin on five films, including Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride stated, remembering the past of their career together:
I said to Steve, what would you be doing if you weren’t a talented comedic actor?And he said, ‘Probably what you’re doing.’
Steve Martin was even brought to tears when Diane Keaton and Martin Short both sweetly sang his recently written song Friend of Mine.
At the end Martin, the winner of an Emmy, numerous Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honour and an Honorary Oscar, ended up with the next words:
Last year I was walking down the street and a young girl about 17 said to me: ‘Did you do that (1979) movie The Jerk? I said, yes, I did.
And she said, ‘You gonna do another movie?
Among all other song tributes was one performed by Queen Latifah, who sang a sang a little bit from Jerk’s soundtrack called Tonight You Belong To Me.