John Goodman has paid tribute to directing duo the Coen Brothers as his handprints were immortalised in Hollywood.

The Raising Arizona actor placed his hands and feet in cement in front of the famous TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard cheered on by the stars and directors of his new movie Inside Llewyn Davis.

And John said the honour would not be possible without his long-running relationship with the brothers.

"I really wouldn't be up here today if it wasn't for Joel and Ethan Coen," he said.

"I think everybody knows the story of how they found me working as a spittoon boy in Arizona and they cleared up a few of my debts and took me south with them where we made a few art films south of the border... and the rest as they say is history."

He also gave the nod to his former co-star on sitcom Roseanne.

"I would like to thanks Roseanne too for bumping into me along the way. This is incredible, I never thought I would be here."

In the Coen brothers' latest movie John plays a heroin addict in the flick about a folk guitarist negotiating his way through New York in 1961.

John later hit the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of the film, where it closed the American Film Institute festival, and revealed how much he loved the music of the period.

"I like acoustic music, and exploring where the music comes from the old ballads that go way back and I'm excited that people want to find out about it and bring it to life and find out what it means to them."