"This a real honor to stand up here and be with him," Samuel L. Jackson said of director Quentin Tarantino

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Samuel L. Jackson took the occasion of his 67th birthday to pay tribute to Quentin Tarantino, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On Monday, The Hateful Eight director received the 2,559th star, which was placed right under one of the TCL Chinese Theatre’s marquees. Jackson was on hand to introduce his frequent collaborator and was surprised he didn’t already have a star.

“This is a real honor to stand up here and be with him when he’s getting something, frankly, I thought he already had,” said the Hateful Eight star per Variety. “I was very, very proud the day I got mine. I’m sure Quentin is extremely proud he’s getting this today, and I know what it means to him because of what he thinks and how he reveres this business and the art of filmmaking.”

Jackson went on to discuss how Tarantino feels about making movies and making sure the audience is first and foremost entertained.

“He’s all about making films that make you happy because we went to the movies to be happy when we were kids and as we grew up and we still do … Quentin is all about the business of movies as entertainment, and he sneaks a message in there, but he’s going to entertain you as he gives it to you,” he said.

When it was time for the 52-year-old Tennessee native to accept this honor, he said he didn t expect to snag such a prestigious location for his star.

“Wow, I must’ve become a big shot in the meantime or something,” Tarantino joked.

Tarantino also thanked Jackson for his kind words. “It’s really wonderful to have Sam Jackson, a Chattanooga boy, to come up here and offer it up to a Knoxville boy.”

“I take it seriously that I am a member of this community, I’m a member of this town, and I respect it and I love it,” Tarantino said at the end of his thank you speech.

Several other members of The Hateful Eight cast also attended the ceremony, including Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, and Zoe Bell.

Hundreds of fans turned out to support the director Monday, but Los Angeles Police Department presence was noticeably sparse, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this year, Tarantino after he made remarks about police brutality.

To watch Tarantino’s entire ceremony, click here.