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in the United States on Fri­day.

“It’s (about) the ori­gin of the species, and have we failed or have we not failed? And are we go­ing to cor­rect our­selves? Sounds high­brow, doesn’t it? But this thing will still scare the shit out of them,” he said of the movie.

The 79-year-old di­rec­tor of­fered his thoughts on his lat­est project and film­mak­ing in gen­eral ahead of be­com­ing the 304th star to sink his hand­prints and foot­prints into ce­ment at the TCL Chi­nese The­atre, a tra­di­tion for Hol­ly­wood’s creme de la creme.

Scott chose the oc­ca­sion to rail against the Cal­i­for­nia tax sys­tem, which he said was not en­cour­ag­ing film­mak­ers who have left over the years to re­turn to Hol­ly­wood.

Nine projects, in­clud­ing Fox se­ries and

were al­lo­cated US$37.6 mil­lion in tax breaks last year as part of an ex­panded scheme de­signed to at­tract stu­dios back.

But Scott said it was “a pity” that Cal­i­for­nia couldn’t stretch to the kind of re­bates that have been suc­cess­ful back home in Bri­tain.

Scott’s di­rect­ing cred­its over a genre-strad­dling ca­reer span­ning more than 50 years have in­cluded ac­claimed works such as Globe win­ning


The film­maker said he con­sid­ered the hand­print hon­our “a Holy Grail”, re­call­ing his first visit to the Chi­nese The­atre, which turned 90 yes­ter­day.

“I used to walk up and down here. Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard was per­fumed, very clean and very pretty in those days.

“It’s get­ting bet­ter, but it did take a down­turn. It’s climb­ing out of that right now, and it should.”

The di­rec­tor, who was also the brains be­hind in 1982 and is ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duc­ing the se­quel, due for re­lease on Oct 6, said

had a reli­gious sub­text, al­though he was ag­nos­tic.

Har­ri­son Ford, who starred in the orig­i­nal and is in the se­quel, in­tro­duced Scott in front of hun­dreds of well­wish­ers as stars Kather­ine Water­son, Danny McBride and Nathaniel Dean looked on.

“I come to praise Ri­d­ley, not to bury him,” Ford joked.

Scott poked fun at Ford, call­ing the ac­tor “a flip­ping night­mare” to work with, be­fore telling the crowd he was “still learn­ing and still cu­ri­ous”.

“I don’t feel I’ve ever worked a day in my life. I think to me it’s one big hol­i­day. I just adore it,” he said.

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