Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson wants wax statue in Paris museum to be 'updated', especially skin colour
Dwayne Johnson has requested enhancements to his wax statue at the Grevin Museum in Paris, responding to concerns over its skin colour accuracy.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has called upon the Grevin Museum in Paris, France, to enhance his recently unveiled wax statue, particularly focusing on his skin color. This request comes in response to widespread online criticism, with many people feeling that the wax figure inadequately represented the multi-ethnic actor, accusing the museum of "whitewashing" his likeness. Sharing a video featuring comedian James Andre Jefferson humorously commenting on the wax statue, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson expressed his intention to have his team contact the Grevin Museum for necessary improvements. He mentioned his desire to rectify details, beginning with his skin tone, in the caption. Additionally, he humorously stated that when he next visits Paris, he'll drop by the museum and share a drink with his wax counterpart.
According to Deadline, the Grevin Museum acknowledged the issue and pledged to address it promptly, indicating they'd share updated photos with Johnson. They also extended an invitation to the actor to celebrate the improved statue with a glass of champagne when he visits Paris.
The museum's website revealed that sculptor Stephane Barret faced challenges in recreating Dwayne Johnson's likeness, primarily relying on photos and videos due to the absence of the international star. The sculpture's eyes had to be redone multiple times to avoid a dark tint that could make Johnson's face appear too harsh and detract from its warmth.
Stephane Barret, the sculptor, expressed excitement about the project and noted the difficulty in capturing a subtle, slight smile that the chosen reference photo featured. He highlighted the importance of finding a model whose physical attributes closely matched Dwayne Johnson's build and height to achieve a more accurate representation.